for Jody Rutherford at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke Va.
letter winner in baseball his last three years of high school with the Bruins
a senior was named All-Patriot District Pitcher of the Year, All-Region Pitcher
of the Year, First Team All-Met, Honorable Mention All-State and started for
the West team in the VHSCA Senior All-Star game
his team to the 2012 AAA State Championship and District title
a junior went 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA, struck out 48 in 53 2/3 innings with 15
walks and surrendered just 13 extra-base hits
Team All-District, Second Team All-Region, honorable mention All-Met and played
in the Virginia Commonwealth games as a junior
his team to the 2010 District Championship
club baseball for the Orioles Scout Team
a member of his club team, the Barnstormers, captured 2010 world series championship
and played in the World Wood Bat Association (WWBA)
World Championship game
of Carol and Dennis Church
in computer science
to continue playing baseball after school or pursue a job in computer science
weight lifting, working out, football, basketball and fishing
Getting to know Michael...
Why did you choose JMU
Good baseball program and amazing school overall
What's your current major:
If you didn't play baseball what other sport would you want to play
Describe yourself in three words
Favorite personal baseball memory
Receiving the All Region Pitcher of the Year award
Best advice you were ever given
Don't show emotions on the mound, batters feed off of that
Favorite part of being on a team
Being around a cool group of friends all the time, competing with each other, and winning games together
Personal saying or motto you try to live by
Push yourself to be the best
"People would be surprised to know that I..."
Don't like beaches
Biggest pet peeve
When someone starts to say something and then says "nevermind"
Your Go-To outfit
Black and grey flannel, khaki shorts, long black socks, gray Vans
Favorite place to eat on campus
"With God all things are possible"
What do you enjoy doing other than playing baseball
Football, basketball, fishing, hanging out with friends, and working out
Last movie you watched
"After college I see myself..."
In the minor leagues
Baseball in the hot or cold weather: hot
Early bird or night owl: night owl
Pepsi or Coke: Coke
Vanilla or Chocolate: vanilla
Gray, White, Gold, or Purple uniform: gold
Most/Least Swag: Most-Johnny Bladel Least-Luke Munson
Funniest: Michael Howerton
Hardest Worker: Michael Church
Most Serious: Brad Shaban
Most likely to fall asleep on the bus: Matt dewitt
Most likely to be eating: Chris Huffman
Best nickname on the team: Patrick Toohers "Toowey"