By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 26, 2014) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Will Reed has committed to join head coach Matt McCarty at Shepherd University where he will play baseball starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“It feels great already knowing where I will be attending college next year,” said the 6-foot-1 Reed. “I liked the campus after going on a tour and walking all around it.”
While Reed said Shepherd was his No.1 choice for baseball before meeting the Division II Rams’ coaching staff, the staff did help sure up his decision.
“I liked the coaching staff because they were young and knowledgeable about the game of baseball. They were eager to win,” Reed said.
McCarty’s eagerness to win has got his team off to a 10-7 start this spring including a 7-4 record in the Mountain East Conference. With the help of Stone Bridge High School graduate Mac West, Reed will attempt to put his stamp on a successful season at Shepherd in 2015.
Reed noted he hopes to fit into the Rams starting rotation next spring, but first hopes to lock up the No. 1 spot in the rotation for Loudoun Valley in 2013– after earning the No. 4 spot on Owen Gotimer’s Viva Loudoun Baseball Scouting Report.
Last spring, Reed picked up some key wins down the stretch for the Vikings – who return senior standouts JD Carpenter, Danny Pugh, Mikey Pugh and add transfer senior Anthony Woods – who went 15-9 before losing their final game of the season to Sherando High School, 1-0, in the VHSL Region II quarterfinal.
“My expectations for the team this year is to get into the tournament at the end of the year and go a long way,” said Reed who plays travel baseball for the DeMarini Stars. “My expectation for myself is to be the No. 1 starter. When I go out and pitch when my team has the lead, I hope to hold that lead, and I hope to end the season with several wins.”
Raised in Purcellville, Reed is a hometown kid with an out-of-town arm thanks to his dad’s encouragement.
“My dad is the one who got me started playing baseball at a young age,” Reed said. “The one thing that motivates me the most is the love of the game.”
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!