Colonial Heights' Matt Young Signs NLI
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
Feb 23, 2014, 13:41
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COLONIAL HEIGHTS—When Matt Young turned 11 years old, he told his father Sam that he wanted to play college ball. At that point, he stopped all other sports and devoted himself full time to playing baseball.
His dream came a step closer to reality Friday when he formally agreed to pitch for Bridgewater College in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Bridgewater, a division 3 school, is located just off I-81 and just south of James Madison University.
“I had other choices; a lot in the ODAC. But I visited the college and loved the school. I liked the atmosphere and the facilities and the coaches,” Young said.
On his visit to the school, Young met with Eagles Baseball Coach Curt Kendall who told him to stop by his office after he completed the tour. Once the tour was over, he stopped back by the coach’s office and was offered an opportunity to pitch for the team.
“They said that my pitching was what drew me to them, but I am sure once I get there I will be doing other things,” Young said.
Young, a big left-hander, hasn’t pitched much for the Colonials. He developed his pitching skills play for the Prince George Swamp Things, an Amateur Athletic Union team based in Prince George County.
But even with the Swamp Things, Young didn’t start out on the bump. It took a while before his coach Kevin Lauranzon realized that Young had a knack for throwing strikes.
“He’s a very crafty lefty—one of most unusual lefties I’ve had. He throws strikes and I used him a lot. It will be a whole new experience for Bridgewater,” Lauranzon said.
Colonial’s Coach Gerald Carsley said Young developed his pitching skills from the AAU side of playing baseball. But he would get his chance to pitch for the varsity this season.
“About baseball, he’s very dedicated. We held 41 workouts and he made 39. We were joking about him being at all the workouts, and then he came down with a cold and missed two,” Carsley said.
Tryouts for the Colonials start Monday and finish Wednesday. They have their first official practice Thursday, will travel to Manchester for a scrimmage March 8, and will host Park View for a scrimmage on March 15.