By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 1, 2014) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Danny Pugh has committed to continue his baseball career at Roanoke College starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“It is a great feeling knowing that I will be continuing my baseball career for another four years at the college level. I am very proud of my hard work leading up to this point, and I will continue to work hard,” said the 5-foot-7 Pugh. “There are many great baseball players out there, and I am honored to take the next step into college baseball. I am very fortunate to have the coaches I have had to get the best out of me and teach me all I know.”
While the coaches at Roanoke influenced Pugh’s decision to attend the private, liberal arts school, the moment Pugh realized Roanoke was where he wanted to get an education happened in academia.
“When I first visited Roanoke I was impressed with their environmental studies program,” Pugh said. “I had been searching for a small school and Roanoke was close to home. The great coaching staff drew me to the school, and I really liked the campus as well as the baseball field. It’s the perfect fit for me.”
Pugh will travel down to Salem this fall to join first-year head coach Matt McGuire and the rest of the Division III Maroons. This spring the Maroons – backed by pitcher and Heritage High School graduate Zach Turner – are 5-11 including a 1-7 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
“I think I can bring a positive attitude to the team along with good work ethic,” said Pugh who will play outfield for the Maroons. “I think I can bring good speed to the outfield.”
The Loudoun Valley Vikings’ outfield this spring consists of several college commits including Anthony Woods, Pugh and his twin brother Mikey.
“We have a constant competition of who can do better, and we are always pushing each other to be the best player we can be,” said Pugh who calls Purcellville his hometown. “It’s going to be different with Mikey going to Washington College next year, but we have always known that the chances of playing for the same college are slim.
“The only downside of playing with Mikey on the same team is that it is very hard to tell us apart. Coaches and players are constantly mixing us up and after so many attempts they usually just resort to saying ‘Pugh.’”
Over the past several seasons, Loudoun Valley head coach Wayne Todd has been the coach trying to differentiate between the twin brothers. In 2013, Todd led the Vikings to a 15-9 finish after falling to Sherando High School in the VHSL Region II quarterfinal.
“This year with our upperclassmen-based team, we look to get past regionals and into the state tournament,” said Pugh who plays travel baseball for the DeMarini Stars. “We have been coming up just short of states in our last two years, and we want to get over the hump and into states.”
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!