By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(December 11, 2013) – Freedom High School senior Kyle Wrighte has committed to continue his baseball career at the College of William & Mary starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“It’s been a relief to be committed. I can focus on getting better, rather than getting noticed,” the 5-foot-10 Wrighte said. “I chose William & Mary because, although I am hopeful I can play after college, I want to get a diploma that will be well respected if my baseball career ultimately comes to an end.”
Wrighte first saw his chances of playing Division I baseball arise when he played on a travel team in his early teenage years. The shortstop said the 2010 13U Loudoun South Eagles – which included future Tribe teammate and Briar Woods senior Charlie Fletcher and a pair of Stone Bridge commits in JB Bukauskas and Devon Perez – was unlike almost any team he had seen before.
“Loudoun South had a ton of stud players. At the same, I just knew they were all good, but now, it’s crazy to think that we all ended up DI,” said Wrighte who made his verbal commitment while playing for Richmond Braves National travel team. “Our practices were always fun, but competitive and tough too. Our youth coaches pushed us, because they could.”
While working hard in practices and during games was an essential part of the success for Wrighte and his teammates while on their journey to eventually committing to play college baseball, Wrighte said Loudoun South also had time to enjoy every minute outside of baseball together.
“We all battled each other, in the arcades while at tournaments, tag in the hotel, Whiffle ball between games, and of course, during practice all the time,” said Wrighte who played for the DeMarini Stars last fall.
In the spring, Wrighte will try to lead Freedom to a regional playoff berth after dropping off before the Eagles had a shot in 2013 following a loss to Patriot High School in the Cedar Run District semifinal. Freedom finished the season 14-8 under head coach Jason Treon.
“I’m looking forward to going to regionals during Freedom’s [season] and would consider anything less a disappointment for us,” Wrighte said. “I hope to do whatever possible to help us play high school baseball in late May or even early June.”
In the late spring months of 2015, Wrighte will have a chance to help the DI Tribe on a successful run. In 2013, William & Mary finished the season 39-24 including a 17-10 record in the Colonial Athletic Conference.
The Tribe made a run in the playoffs falling to Towson University in the CAA conference final and then to No. 7 North Carolina State in the NCAA Raleigh Regional final in early June. William & Mary will have to overcome a coaching staff change as the Tribe recently promoted former assistant coach Brian Murphy to be the head coach.
“I chose William and Mary because the timing should work out where I will have a good chance to be an impact player upon arrival,” Wrighte said. “They are graduating several infielders this year, so I hope I can add some comfort to the pitching staff by getting to every and any ball that is humanly possible and in my reach as a starting shortstop.”
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. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.