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Former Louisa Lion finds perfect fit in becoming a Yellow Jacket

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Former Louisa County High School pitcher John Reynolds Jr. is trading in his Lions uniform as he moves on to play baseball at Randolph-Macon College next season.

Louisa County High School pitcher John Reynolds Jr. is looking forward to playing baseball for the Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets team next season.

“It was a perfect fit,” he said. “They’ve won a couple of ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) titles the last few years, and compete at the highest level. That’s what I was looking for.”

Reynolds, who graduated from Louisa County High School in May, also said he  likes the campus and culture in Ashland and looks forward to attending the school, where he will major in communications and minor in either journalism or education.

At RMC, Reynolds will pitch, which has been his primary position for the Lions’  team over his three years on the varsity baseball squad.

“I think it’s the most important position in the game,” he said.”You’re in the game every pitch and every pitch is something different. You’re the tone-setter for the game.”

Over his three-year varsity career, Reynolds earned a winning record of 14-7 on the mound for the Lions. He pitched a total of 149 innings, including five complete games.

Facing 651 batters, Reynolds gave up 131 hits, walked 44 and struck out 98. He earned a place on the first team all-conference each year he played varsity for Louisa and made the All-Region 4A East second team for the 2016 season.

“John has a great mind for getting hitters out and understands how important it is to have composure on the mound,” Lions’ head coach Kevin Fisher said. “He has been extremely coachable the past  three years and has excelled as a pitcher for us. I look forward to seeing him progress at Randolph-Macon.”

Fifteen years is a long time to play the same sport, but love for the game helps. Reynolds’s enthusiasm for the game comes from the challenges it poses.

To read the entire story, see the July 13 edition of The Central Virginian.