By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 1, 2014) – Freedom High School junior Garrett St. Laurent has made an early commitment to continue his baseball career at the Virginia Military Institute starting in the 2015-2016 school year.
“It feels awesome to get committed early. It takes a ton of anxiety off of me,” said the 6-foot-3, 200-pound St. Laurent. “I have been to a ton of universities the past two years, trying to find the right school for me and now I have. It is finally nice to know where I will be going and can now focus 100-percent on getting better at baseball.”
After committing a year early and being named the No. 1 catcher on Owen Gotimer’s Viva Loudoun Baseball Scouting Report, St. Laurent is still dedicated to get bigger and better while competing in his junior year for the Freedom High School Eagles.
The Eagles started off their 2014 campaign 1-1 after falling to the Heritage Pride on March 21 and then taking down the Osbourn Eagles on March 24.
Last spring, Freedom finished 14-8 after losing to Patriot High School in the Cedar Run District semifinal. Head coach Jason Treon will try to rally William & Mary commit Kyle Wrighte, St. Laurent and the rest of his Eagles to a Conference 14 title in 2014.
“Coach Treon and the coaches are pushing us hard. They teach us how to play the game of baseball the right way,” St. Laurent said. “I am expecting a state showing like we had two years ago my freshman year. Kyle Wrighte and I have played together since fifth grade: the fans can expect a ton of putouts, just like we have done in the past seasons together.”
St. Laurent will have to do it without his long time teammate during the Eagles’ 2015 spring as Wrighte is set to graduate in May 2014. Following his solo mission in his senior season, St. Laurent will travel to Lexington to play for head coach Marlin Ikenberry.
“I have a ton of respect for the coaching staff and players. Coach Ikenberry and coach Jonathan Hadra are very knowledgeable. Playing baseball in front of them during the commitment process was awesome,” St. Laurent said. “Coach Ikenberry was a catcher so I am excited to learn from him and give the program my all. My goal is to work hard and win baseball games and I know that, that can be accomplished there. I also feel as though I can contribute from day one with this program.”
As of right now, St. Laurent will have to compete against only one catcher on the Division I Keydets’ roster as they are set to graduate three catchers in the coming seasons.
In 2014, the VMI Keydets are 13-9 including a 4-2 record sitting at the No. 4 spot in the Big South Conference.
“I am going to add a ton of catching and hitting talent, energy, leadership and heart behind the dish for VMI,” St. Laurent said. “I know the game of baseball, and I can’t wait to take command behind the dish.”
St. Laurent noted he plays baseball simply because he loves the game and that he has the opportunity to play catcher thanks to his dad who got him started in his baseball journey.
“I am really grateful to have had him throughout all of this. I have made a lot of great friendships from baseball, and I have been fortunate enough to play with some really good players along the way,” St. Laurent said. “The ability to play around great people gets me motivated.
“My goal is to excel at the college level and play beyond that. This keeps me working hard and motivated,” St. Laurent added. “I also appreciate all the help I have had along the way from my family — mom, dad, brother and sister — and past coaches and trainers who have made me be the best player I can be.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!