Flint Hill junior right-hander Tommy Doyle jokes that his older brother, Matt, put a lot of pressure on him by attending Harvard to play baseball.
“He set the bar high for the first kid,” Tommy Doyle said of Matt, a 2009 honorable mention All-Met who also attended Flint Hill.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound little brother is not doing so bad himself. He recently committed to play at his dream school, the University of Virginia.
The younger Doyle, who throws in the high 80s, was impressed by the Cavaliers' nine consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and said that the philosophies of Virginia pitching coach Karl Kuhn were markedly similar to the way he has been coached in Northern Virginia.
“It was almost like a perfect match of how I wanted to go about it,” Doyle said. “I felt he was the perfect coach to make myself better, and the academics and baseball were kind of one and one where both were very good.”
Virginia Tech and Wake Forest also offered Doyle, who was Flint Hill's ace last season as a sophomore.
“With him at this age and with that size and knowing how to pitch, his potential right now is out the roof,”said Flint Hill Coach Tom Verbanic, who also played at Virginia. “I’m glad he’s gotten it out of the way, so his junior and senior year here should be a little easier having that already in the bank.”
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