November 6 - Freedom-South Riding’s Connor Kolarov committed earlier tonight to the College of William & Mary, becoming the 14th pitcher from Northern Virginia landed by the Tribe since 2015.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound right-hander went 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 40 innings as a sophomore in the spring, helping the Eagles (13-9) reach the Region 5C Tournament before falling to Briar Woods in the quarterfinals.
“The current [William & Mary] team has players I have watched and followed as I have grown up as a baseball player. I have looked up to them as role models and am excited to play with them,” Kolarov wrote via text message tonight.
Kolarov will pair with fellow junior Casey Cook, a North Carolina recruit, to give the Eagles a formidable 1-2 punch on the mound in a Potomac District that will be deep this spring. He tossed a three-hit shutout on just 79 pitches in a 2-0 win over eventual Region 5C champion Stone Bridge on May 10, and was the winning pitcher in a 19-3 win over Region 6D champion and Class 6 state runner-up Westfield on Apr. 22.
“He’s that kid who arrives early, stays late and pushes himself without coaches, trainers or parents telling him to do so,” Freedom coach Mark Wrighte said of Kolarov, who plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars. “He’s going to be an absolute monster in another year or two.”
Kolarov is the latest pitching recruit landed by Tribe coach Brian Murphy and his staff, who remain aggressive in recruiting local prep talent. Two seniors, West Potomac left-hander Adam Fischer and Gonzaga (D.C.) right-hander Garrett Newsome, a resident of McLean, will sign a National Letter of Intent later this month to pitch at the Williamsburg school, and Kolarov joins fellow juniors Mike Weidinger of Lake Braddock and Nathan Knowles of Yorktown in their 2021 class.
“Coach Murphy and his staff made me feel right at home, like I was already a member of the team,” Kolarov wrote. “The culture of both academic and athletic success was apparent and both are very important to me.”
Photo of Connor Kolarov courtesy of Freedom Baseball