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STAB Alum Jake Allen Catching On with the Tom Sox

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Tom Sox catcher Jake Allen Tom Sox catcher Jake Allen
Jake Allen has played in 19 games for Charlottesville this season Jake Allen has played in 19 games for Charlottesville this season
Allen is playing for the Tom Sox, after helping the team following his senior season at STAB in 2015 Allen is playing for the Tom Sox, after helping the team following his senior season at STAB in 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Former St. Anne's-Belfield star Jake Allen is in his first season in the Valley Baseball League.

Allen is a catcher for the Tom Sox, and he's been able to shine in front of the hometown fans all summer-long.

The Sox earned one of their most exciting wins of the season Friday night, as Jake Allen stole home on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning, giving Charlottesville the victory.

His teammates reacted with a Gatorade shower and a wild celebration.

"This group of guys has been really fun," says Allen.  "I think we've meshed really well together, and I don't think there are a whole lot of other teams like us. I think we got really lucky."

As a catcher, Allen had to quickly mesh with all of the Tom Sox pitchers, and he says the experience is a lot different from school.

"In summer school," says Allen, "I got to know all my pitchers in the fall, and then the chemistry develops, whereas here you just get thrown into it all. It's been fun. It's a fun process. It's exciting, for sure."

Allen was a two-time All-State selection at STAB, and he was on the Tom Sox bandwagon as soon as the team was announced.

Allen says, "When the Tom Sox moved here last summer, I tried to stay involved a lot, and I tried to help out as much as I could. I got to live a little vicariously through the team last summer, so it's actually really cool to be on the other side of the field."

Jake Allen only played in 10 games as a freshman on the Harvard baseball team, and he says his experience in the Valley Baseball League this summer should be very beneficial.

"Every little time I can get on the field," says Allen, "whether I'm playing or not, just watching, I'm trying to learn as much as I can, and hopefully get better for next year."

The Tom Sox have just seven games remaining on the regular season schedule.

The team is off on Monday and Tuesday.

They will be back on the field at home against Purcellville on Wednesday.

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