The Charlottesville Tom Sox are thrilled to bring back redshirt junior infielder Jack Gerstenmaier for the summer as he looks to build off last year’s success and positively impact the team. Last year, he had an incredible time with the Tom Sox, truly embracing the fan base and the welcoming culture the team has created around him.
“Those guys made it easy to be a part of the team, go out, and win ballgames and have fun doing it,” said Jack. Feeding off an electric crowd and having supportive teammates will be essential in order to repeat last year’s success of winning their first ever Valley Baseball League Championship. He’s pumped every time he steps on the diamond when he hears the crowd roaring and cheering the team on.
The Tom Sox have been an instrumental piece to his development as he has seen himself improve significantly from the year before. He’s having better plate approaches and timing up pitches much better. The coaching staff is always striving to get the best out of players and will do whatever it takes to put their players in a position to succeed.
“You can see from the top that the management wants what’s best for you as a player and that Jeff Burton, General Manager, and Mike Paduano, Baseball Operations Manager, really make an effort to welcome you and provide you with whatever you need.”
Jack also accredits head coach Corey Hunt, a former University of Virginia Baseball Player, for his growth. Coach Hunt pushes all of his players and challenges them outside their boundaries to extract the best he can get out of them. His attention to baseball fundamentals and ensuring players are doing all the little things first has been conducive to the team’s success.
“It’s not just like going through all the motions like it is for a lot of summer ball teams. He puts attention to detail and I think that really helped separate the team from the rest of the league last summer.”
This will be Jack’s last summer with the Tom Sox and he’s truly looking forward to being in Charlottesville. He is a redshirt junior at UVA and thus, 2018 will be his last collegiate baseball summer of eligibility. Gerstenmaier will likely be doing an internship in coaching while he suits up for the Tom Sox.
“I look forward to being in Charlottesville for the summer. I love this city and the culture around baseball that this area and this organization provides.”
Thank you for your hard work and win us another championship Jack!