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Big baseball night on Friday

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Former Louisa athlete, Gunnar Carroll, will be the starting pitcher for the Army Black Knights this Friday against University of Virginia Cavaliers.

A former three-sport star from Louisa County High School is getting the chance to play in college baseball’s most illustrious tournament.

Gunnar Carroll, who played baseball, football and ran indoor track for LCHS, will be the starting pitcher for the Army Black Knights on Friday, May 31, when they take on collegiate baseball powerhouse the University of Virginia at 1 p.m. as part of the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Carroll, a junior, served as a co-captain for the Black Knights this year, which went from losing the first seven games of the season to capturing the Patriot League title in a span of just three months. The team has won 14 of their last 19 games, and Carroll said he has enjoyed the role he has served in that process.

“It certainly is a leadership challenge, there are a lot of moving parts to deal with,” Carroll said.  “You serve as the middleman between the coaching staff and the players. You have to put the team first before your own performance.  There’s been an adjustment period, but you get used to it.  To win a league championship at the end of the year has been pretty special.”

Both Carroll and his father, John, attribute the leadership qualities he has displayed this season as being firmly rooted in the lessons he learned during his time playing baseball in Louisa.

To read the entire story, see the May 30 edition of The Central Virginian.