Routsis '19 picks ODU

Pitcher/Infielder was a hot prospect once April began.
The whirlwind for Patrick Routsis '19 is over, as the pitcher/infielder has decided to continue his career at Old Dominion.

Routsis started pitching for his travel team in the summer before the 2018 season, did well, and made a blip on the recruiting radar. But once the Deep Run spring break tournament began with Routsis pitching for the Saints, that blip turned into an asteroid. The commonwealth's colleges had Routsis' phone busy.

"It went kind of fast," Routsis said. "It was a little bit stressful, but I got the job done."

In the 2018 season, Routsis finished 7-0 with a 0.89 earned-run average, and helped the Saints to the Prep League and VISAA championships, as the team finished 24-1 and finished ranked #21 in the nation by the USA Today. He posted 75 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched, including 18 Ks in three state tourney games, and only gave up three earned runs in 12 games. From the plate, he hit .269 with 20 RBIs, seven doubles and two homers.

"I just thought [ODU] was the best fit. I've got a bunch of family down there. The coaches were really cool. I went on a visit and liked it a lot."

Routsis will be a captain for the Saints along with fellow pitcher Charlie Vozenilek '19, as they try to lead StC to anothe successful season.

"We've got big shoes to fill," said the future Monarch. "We've got a bunch of young guys, but we should be pretty good."
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