By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(November 22, 2013) – Woodgrove High School senior Matt Wright has committed to play baseball for the University of Virginia’s College at Wise beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I went to the campus and I immediately felt at home,” the 5-foot-10 Wright said. “I had visited many campuses before but none had the warm feeling that Wise gave me. The baseball coach’s philosophy was a lot like my high school philosophy and the team atmosphere was somewhat of a family atmosphere making it easy to get along with all the guys.”
After a junior season where Wright helped the Wolverines to a 17-8 record, including a win over Potomac Falls in the Region II championship, the Round Hill native hopes to return to the state tournament for the second time in school history. Last season a young Woodgrove squad, led by head coach Brad Bauder, lost their final game of the season in the VHSL AA state semifinal in their first ever state tournament appearance.
“My expectation for this year is that we make it to states and get the W,” said Wright who plays travel baseball for the Richmond Braves.
Wright will join Stone Bridge graduate Tyler Lighton in Wise, Virginia for the 2015 season. In 2013, the Division II Cavaliers finished 10-27 and 6-15 in the Mid-South Conference.
“I am hoping to add a strong bat and solid defense to the [Wise] team,” said Wright who will play third base for the Cavaliers.
Wright started his career at the hot corner when he was just five years old and continues to play today after his passion for the game grew.
“I play baseball because I love the game,” Wright said. “My dad got me started and I have played ever since T-Ball. Making my parents and all those who support me proud is what keeps me so motivated because without them it definitely would’ve been much harder to play as long as I have.”
Hopefully, Wright will continue to play baseball for years to come and says his early college commitment feels amazing.
“It has saved me so much time not having to go through the pain of filling out college applications,” Wright said. “It also has lifted the immense amount of stress that was on me before committing to play ball.”
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.