Winning start for R-H JV baseball

Published 12:19 pm Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Randolph-Henry High School is known for its successful varsity baseball team, and the school’s junior varsity (JV) baseball squad establishes an important foundation that helps set up that success.

The JV squad improved to 4-2 this season after defeating Cumberland High School’s visiting JV team 13-3 on Monday.

“I thought we came out aggressive from the start of the game, scoring four runs in the first inning and two runs in each of the next three innings,” Statesmen Head Coach Joshua Barmoy said. “We stayed with our hitting approach and reaped the benefits from it all night.”

On offense, Matthew Harding led the way for Randolph-Henry, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a walk and three runs batted in.

Tyler Case spent five innings on the mound, throwing eight strikeouts and giving up only one earned run.

The win gave the Statesmen their first instance of back-to-back victories this season after they defeated the visiting JV team from Park View High School, of South Hill, 5-4 on Friday.

“Early in the season we struggled to find our identity as a team,” Barmoy said. “We moved players around to different defensive positions and changed our batting order up to see what the best makeup of our team is. Now with six games under our belts, I feel we have found all of the pieces to the puzzle. You can expect to see great things to come from this JV group of young men for the remainder of the season.”

The group consists of eight freshmen, five sophomores and one eighth grader.

“Our team expectations derive directly from the ‘Five Pillars,’ which is our team philosophy,” Barmoy said, adding that the pillars are love, faith, submission, discipline and hard work.

“We must first have agape love (selfless), because if we cannot love our teammates and our coaches selflessly, we cannot accomplish anything,” Barmoy said, breaking down how each of the Five Pillars should be applied on the team and how they can benefit players’ performance on the field and in life.

Sophomore Skylar Lacks drew praise from Barmoy as a standout Statesman.

The coach said he “brings a lot of experience with him to the mound, shortstop and behind the plate when he catches. Skylar takes control of the infield throughout the game by telling other infielders where to go with the ball if they get it.”

Barmoy said Lacks bats third in the lineup, is a reliable teammate and has improved his all-around game from last season.

Eighth-grader Tyler Case was pegged as a player to watch.

“Although he hasn’t had much starting time, I would classify him as Mr. Utility,” Barmoy said. “He has submitted to our coaching staff and played with 100 percent effort at various positions on the field.”

The coach noted two priorities for him and his staff include developing players’ baseball IQ and helping them employ the proper attitude and effort.

Randolph-Henry visits Golubic Stadium in Crewe to play Nottoway High School’s JV squad Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.