Future Wahoo is a Two-Way Star for STAB Baseball Team
St. Anne's-Belfield senior Bobby Nicholson is batting .394 with nine RBI, while allowing just four earned runs on the mound all season.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Davenport Field is about a mile-and-a-half from the baseball stadium at St. Anne's-Belfield School.
The Saints' Bobby Nicholson committed to the Virginia baseball team in 2013.
He officially signed this past November.
Now he's playing his senior season at STAB, and that mile-and-a-half journey to college is almost complete.
"Every time you step on the field is an opportunity to compete, and an opportunity to show why colleges have chosen you," says Nicholson. "It really doesn't change the way that I play, but I am really looking forward to next year."
Nicholson won't be making the trip alone.
Teammate Jalen Harrison has also signed with UVa for next season, while STAB sophomore Nic Kent has verbally committed for 2018.
"(The Virginia coaches) look for athleticism," says Nicholson. "Obviously a great school like UVa, they look for grades. Attitude. Team player. It's more that just how you play. It's how you conduct yourself, and the way you play the game."
Nicholson will present the UVa coaching staff with some options.
The senior has struck out 51 batters in 31.2 innings pitched this season.
He has a 0.88 ERA, and is limiting the opposition to a .164 batting average.
Nicholson is hitting .394 at the plate.
He's driven in nine runs, while allowing just four earned runs on the mound.
The Cavaliers have a history of producing talented two-way players, with guys like Danny Hultzen, Nick Howard, and now Adam Haseley.
That history is not lost on St. Anne's-Belfield senior Bobby Nicholson.
"Some of the first UVa games I remember going and watching Sean Doolittle," says Nicholson. "He would absolutely mash the ball in college, and now he's the closer for the Oakland A's. I think there's something really, really cool about being able to do that."
Nicholson had thirteen strikeouts in a complete game victory earlier this year.
"The strikeouts have come in some bigger numbers this year for reasons that I can't really explain," says Nicholson.
His four-seam fastball has hit 95 miles per hour on the radar gun.
The high school senior also throws a two-seam fastball, as well as a change-up and a slider.
Nicholson says, "I mix those in, depending on the hitter, depending on the situation. Our coach does a really good job of calling pitches, and keeping hitters off-balance."
Nicholson says the Saints have stuck a perfect balance in his senior season.
"The goal is always to get better, but also to have fun," says Nicholson. "This team does an awesome job of having fun. Everyone gets along. It's really been a great year."