By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(March 16, 2014) – Loudoun Valley High School senior Anthony Woods has committed to continue his baseball career at Randolph-Macon College beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“It’s definitely a big relief for me and my parents, and we feel great about it,” Woods said. “Now I have to work twice as hard to prepare myself for college baseball, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Woods transferred to Loudoun Valley from Middleburg Academy after the private school announced they would not compose a baseball team this spring.
“It’s been a pretty big adjustment for me. I wanted to graduate alongside my friends that I started high school with at Middleburg,” said the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Woods. “The bottom line was that baseball was what I wanted to do, and Loudoun Valley is the best place for me to continue developing into a collegiate athlete.”
Next spring, Woods will join a head coach Ray Hedrick and a Division III Yellow Jackets team which has started their 2014 campaign 9-7 overall and 5-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Stone Bridge High School graduate Sid Harvey who is currently part of Randolph-Macon’s bullpen.
“I chose R-MC because coach Hedrick runs a great program, and I believe that he can contribute immensely to my development as a player,” said Woods who will play outfield for the Yellow Jackets. “I hope to add speed and size to the outfield and a power bat at the plate.”
Woods will also try to add to a Loudoun Valley Vikings team which graduated four senior outfielders last June, but will return seniors JD Carpenter, Mikey Pugh, Danny Pugh and Will Reed who have all committed to play baseball at the collegiate level.
In 2013, head coach Wayne Todd led the Vikings to a 15-9 finish before falling in the VHSL Region II quarterfinal to Sherando High School, 1-0.
“I expect to play my hardest every time I step onto the field, and I expect that of my teammates as well,” said Woods who plays travel baseball for the DeMarini Stars. “If we play as a team and stay disciplined throughout the season, I know we can do some damage.”
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!