The Charlottesville Tom Sox are excited to announce the return of right-handed pitcher Justin Sorokowski for the 2018 summer season. The 6’2 205lb Virginia native comes from Lee Davis High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia, where he earned the 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game honorable mention and All-American Honors.
His first season with the Tom Sox was definitely not one to forget, as he provided versatility and stability in the starting rotation. He was coming off a redshirt year with the Florida State Seminoles, where he worked under the tutelage of head coach Mike Martin and pitching coach Mike Bell. This tutelage and staying healthy allowed Sorokowski to stay fresh for his first season with the Tom Sox and produce fantastic results. He’s pitching the 2017-18 college season at Tallahassee Community College for legendary Head Coach Mike McLeod.
In the regular season, he produced a record of 3-1, fanning 22 batters in 32.1 innings of work. In game 2 of the VBL Championship series, he notched the win over the Strasburg Express to tie up the three-series.
His success can be attributed to three of his signature pitches that he has been able to throw on both sides of the plate. He has a sinking fastball that ranges in the 88-91mph range with a changeup at 80mph. He was also able to occasionally utilize a slider to produce weak contact and swinging misses on batters. However, he still is positive about enhancing this pitch even more. “Really just nailing down all three of my pitches consistently.” Most of my outings, I only had two of my three going so I want to get it down where every outing I have control of all three in all counts.”
Tom Sox General Manager Jeff Burton had this to say about Justin: “Soro was an absolute bulldog for us this summer. He was everything we could have hoped for and more, both as he took the mound as a starter for us every 6th game and also as a representative of the organization in the community. His teammates absolutely loved him, as did our coaching staff and organizational leadership. We are ecstatic to have him coming back to our ball club next summer.”
On his expectations for the summer of 2018, Sorokowski was straight to the point, “I expect a championship just like last year.”
Welcome back, Justin Sorokowski!
by Johnny Grassi