Kettle Run Junior Fireballer Vogatsky Will Pitch at JMU

October 15 - Kettle Run right-hander Joe Vogatsky committed over the weekend to play at James Madison University, Cougars coach Ty Thorpe confirmed last night.

The 6-foot, 185-pound junior lettered in each of his first two seasons at the Nokesville school, going 3-2 with two saves, a 2.12 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 46 innings last season after posting a 2-0 record with a 0.58 ERA in 12 innings as a freshman in 2017.

Vogatsky is “tough as nails,” Thorpe said. “[He] will run through a wall for you, and gives you his best every time he takes the field.”

Vogatsky, who plays in the offseason with the Diamond Elite travel program, becomes the first area player from the Class of 2020 to commit to the Dukes, who went 26-26 overall and 11-13 last spring under coach Marlin Ikenberry. Two local seniors, Loudoun County lefty Donovan Burke and Robinson catcher Ethan Rothstein, are part of JMU’s 2019 recruiting class.

A third baseman for Kettle Run when not on the mound, Vogatsky has hit .418 in 67 at-bats over his first two prep seasons. He has had his fastball clocked as high as 88 MPH.

Photo of Joe Vogatsky courtesy of Kettle Run Baseball