By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 1, 2014) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Mikey Pugh has committed to join head coach Travis Turgeon at Washington College where he will play baseball beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I chose Washington College because they have a variety of majors that interest me, and they are one of the top-100 liberal arts schools in the country,” said the 5-foot-8 Pugh. “Chestertown is a small town, like Purcellville near the Chesapeake Bay and Chester River, and the people there are very friendly.”
Raised in Purcellville with his twin Danny, Pugh will play for Washington next spring without his brother for the first time since coach pitch.
“We were always on the same team, and we would compete against each other to see who would have the better batting average at the end of the year. It’s been a blessing playing baseball with Danny.” Pugh said. “Most of our baseball career Danny and I would bat back-to-back. Next year this all will change when we go to play baseball at different colleges.
“It will be a lot different not having Danny on the team and I will miss him. I will call him every night, and we can talk to each other about our games and how school is going,” Pugh said. “I’m just focused on enjoying my last year playing baseball with him and hopefully we can make a playoff run with our last year together.”
In 2013, the Pugh brothers and the rest of the Loudoun Valley Vikings made a playoff run knocking off Heritage High School in the first round of the VHSL Region II tournament finishing the season 15-9.
“My expectations for my high school team is to make it to the state tournament. The past couple of years we have been coming up short, but I think this may be our year,” said Pugh who plays travel baseball for the DeMarini Stars. “We have great players, a great coaching staff and great chemistry, but we have to convert that to our play on the field. Everything looks great on paper, but it comes down to getting the job done on the field.”
The young coaching staff at Washington is also trying to build harmony among its players including Heritage High School graduate Matt Chapman and Woodgrove High School graduate Tom Griffin.
Coach Turgeon has his Division III Shoremen off to an 8-7 start and will start their Centennial Conference schedule in the coming days.
“I would love to add my speed to the Shoremen baseball team. I want to be the guy they call on when they need to steal a base,” said Pugh who will play second base for Washington. “My speed will also play a role in the defensive side of the ball because I will be able to cover a lot of ground in the infield. Washington College has a young coaching staff, and I think their new strategies of teaching will help develop me into a better and smarter player. I am honored to have the opportunity to play baseball in college.”
Not only does Pugh have the opportunity to play collegiate baseball, he has the opportunity to do so at a college that he noted is a great place for him.
“When I verbally committed to playing baseball at Washington College I felt a sense of accomplishment that I had finally reached my goal,” Pugh said. “It was nice to commit before winter break because I could enjoy the holidays with the good news, and I could focus on having a great senior year in school. I couldn’t have made a better decision about committing to play at Washington College and it’s a great feeling knowing I’m going there to play baseball. Now, I plan on setting new goals for myself to achieve when I go to college.”
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!