2018 Tom Sox Pitching – Accuracy Remains Key

With Both Old and New Faces on the Mound, Accuracy Remains Key

By: Zach Hamilton

Most pitching coaches will agree that having a collegiate arm that can throw mid-90’s is a good asset to have. However, if that arm cannot locate pitches and maintain accuracy, they become less valuable. The Tom Sox have made this a point of emphasis on the mound for the upcoming 2018 season. Looking at the strikeout to walk ratio of a pitcher will often tell the story of a pitcher’s accuracy and that remains true with this team. As a unit, the combined 23 pitchers have a ratio of 866 strikeouts to 370 walks this spring.

Leading the way back to the rubber at C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark, will be five familiar faces to Tom Sox fans. Sean McCracken (2017 1st Team All-VBL) will return to defend the championship along with Justin Sorokowski, who has an impressive 80 strikeouts to just 16 walks for Tallahassee Community College this season. Also, coming back for another season in Charlottesville will be Jeb Bemiss, who has struck-out 26 and walked 12 and Cole Maye from the University of Florida. Nick Roth also suited up at the beginning of the season for the Tom Sox. This season for Randolph-Macon College he has struck-out 69 and walked 7.

As for the guys that will be making their first appearances for the Tom Sox, they also understand the importance of accuracy. Brandon Reitz, also from Tallahassee Community College, has a 69-19 ratio this spring. The Atlantic 10 Conference will see two of their future stars pitch in Charlottesville this season. Freshman Tim Miller has dazzled both on the mound but also at the plate for the Richmond Spiders, while George Mason’s Jared DiCesare has struck-out 61 and walked 14. Vice President of the Tom Sox, Jeff Burton, talked Miller saying “He’s been their Friday night starting pitcher all year and has had a tremendous season.  He also is a very good outfielder who we expect to hit for us this summer.

Some of these great arms will be arriving late to Charlottesville, since their teams have a chance to make it deep into the NCAA postseason. With three arms coming from #1 Florida, Maye, as well as the McMullen brothers, Kirby and Hunter will likely be ready for 2nd half of the season. Also, NC State’s Evan Justice will be looking to push the Wolfpack deep into June.

This year’s staff has combined for 122 starts and over 342 appearances this spring. “I’m confident this is the most experienced set of arms we’ve ever had in Charlottesville.  We love the upside of that young freshman from a power school, but there is a lot to be said for having experienced guys who have been through the battles before,” said Jeff Burton. The Tom Sox will begin their season on June 1st at Staunton before returning on home on June 4th to host New Market at 7pm.