By Joe Skinner
LoCoSports Social Media Editor
South Riding (May 10, 2016) — Freedom High School senior Michael Zubovich has made a commitment to continue his baseball career at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.
“It’s a big relief to know that I found a home for the next four years,” the 6-foot-2 Zubovich said. “I give a lot of credit to my parents for taking me around for travel tournaments and supporting me throughout the process.”
Zubovich — a three-year varsity player for the Eagles — looks back on his sophomore season in 2014 noting it was his favorite memory as part of the Freedom program.
“My sophomore year I was a big part of the states run we went on. That was easily my best experience I have ever had on a team,” Zubovich said. “I made a lot of memories throughout the course of that season, especially the postseason.”
The Division III Yellow Jackets of Randolph-Macon College are coached by Ray Hedrick — a Yellow Jacket alum — who will return to coach his twelfth year at the helm of the program in the spring of 2017.
“I played [at Randolph-Macon]over the summer and really liked what I saw, the coaching staff reached out to me and I came on a visit,” Zubovich said. “RMC is able to offer me a great experience playing baseball and earning a great education.”
The Yellow Jackets go into the NCAA tournament in 2016 as the second ranked team in the NCAA D3 rankings after winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship, finishing with a 32-6-1 overall record.
“I think that I will be able to add depth to their pitching staff and hopefully make an impact,” Zubovich said. “I plan on working hard and trying to earn time on the mound as soon as I can.”
Zubovich still has some time left in South Riding, however, as his Eagles (3-2, 7-7) sit in second place in the Conference 22 standings and look to make another run into the VHSL 4A West region tournament.
“This season, I believe that we have a good shot at making regionals and [making]a deep postseason run,” Zubovich said.