Vogatsky Ks 11 in Kettle Run Win

John Nolan
Virginia Assistant Director & Content Manager

UG 6.20

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On Monday, March 19, Brentsville District traveled to Kettle Run to take on the Cougars in a non-District matchup between opponents that are located about 6 miles from each other. Kettle Run would win the game by a score of 5-1 behind a dominant pitching performance from sophomore righthander Joe Vogatsky.

Vogatsky fired a scoreless top of the first, working around two hits to escape the inning by inducing a double play. The Cougar offense came to the plate in the bottom of the first against Brentsville senior Mason Posey (George Mason) and they got to work quickly as Posey issued a pair of walks to open the game. Stolen bases put the runners into scoring position and Kettle Run opened up a quick lead as senior first baseman Bailey Burke singled into left-center, driving in two and making the score 2-0 after the first inning.

Vogatsky struggled with what was a very tight strike zone in the second, walking in a run before getting a pair of strikeouts to end the top half of the inning with the bases loaded and Kettle Run still ahead 2-1. The Cougars got the run back on a bases loaded fielder's choice that saw Jared Johnson hustle hard into third base and win a footrace to the bag to allow a run to score. After two complete, the score was 3-1. 

Both pitchers would settle in a bit at this point. Posey never had a clean inning, but kept the Cougars off of the scoreboard in the third and fourth before seeing his day come to an end. Vogatsky came back after escaping that jam in the second inning and began to completely dominate the game. He had two strikeouts in each of his remaining innings and only allowed one baserunner after the second inning, retiring the last twelve hitters he faced before his night came to an end after the sixth.

Kettle Run would add a pair of runs to their lead, with one coming in fifth and another coming in the sixth, with Burke adding a third RBI on the evening to get the final run. Burke then entered the game and threw a perfect seventh inning to seal the 5-1 win for Kettle Run.

For Brentsville, Posey was charge with the loss with 4 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 5 BB, HBP, 2 K while also going 2-3 at the plate. Junior Jake DeLisi was 1-3 at the plate and Jake Cornwell was also 1-3. Sophomore Vince DiMauro had 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K in relief.

For Kettle Run, Vogatsky picked up the win, going 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 11 K. He was also 1-2 at the plate with a 2B. Johnson was 3-3 with a 3B, BB, 2 SB, and 2 R. Burke was 2-3 with 3 RBI and a 3B. Bryce McKenna was 1-2 with a BB, an RBI, and 2 SB.

Scouting Notes

-Mason Posey sat 82-85, touching 86 with his fastball. Slider was 68-72, change-up at 78.

-Vince DiMauro was 79-80 with his fastball. Change-up was 73-75, slider was 69-73.

-Jake DeLisi showed some smooth actions in the field and some batspeed at the plate.


Kettle Run
-Vogatsky sat 79-84, touching 85. Breaking ball ranged 63-68 and flashed a change-up.

-Johnson looked good at short and his swing is as good as it has been, one of the best remaining uncommitted players in Virginia in the 2018 class.

-Jacob Gladstone (Ferrum) moved from first base to catcher and looked fine receiving back there.

-Junior Zach Ewald showed some arm strength on a few throws across the infield, would be worth the trip out to see pitch.

-Junior Caden DeCroo looked very smooth and showed soft hands in the infield.


For full scouting notes and videos, watch for the VA/DC Scout Blog post for this game later this week.


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