Pine-Richland’s Joey Bolick helps W&J baseball to College World Series

Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 7:41 AM

The Washington & Jefferson baseball team had a season to remember, and Pine-Richland graduate Joey Bolick was there for every milestone as a starting infielder.

The Presidents’ season ended June 2 when they lost to eventual champion Chapman, 8-4, in the NCAA Division III World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

It was the second College World Series appearance for W&J, which finished the season 38-13 and 21-3 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

“Obviously, we would have liked to have gone even farther than we did,” Bolick said. “But it was funny. It seemed like there was never a lot that was expected from us, at least from a national perspective. We knew what we had in that locker room. We were a very confident team.

“For us to make it as far as we did, I think it was a surprise for people on the outside that were looking in. It might have not been expected for us to make it to the College World Series, but it was an incredible feeling to be there and help make it happen. We played team ball all the way through, and it was just a really special season.”

Bolick, a sophomore, had an increased role and started 42 games this season. He began the season as the Presidents’ second baseman and finished as the primary third baseman.

Bolick found different ways to provide a jolt. He hit .282 and walked 19 times compared to 24 strikeouts. He added nine doubles, 10 RBIs and nine stolen bases.

“Being a younger guy on the team, there was never a lot of pressure on me to try to do too much,” he said. “There are great senior leaders on the team, and they made sure to tell me not to shoulder that burden.

“I just came into the lineup every day and wanted to create a spark. I play with a lot of energy, a lot of emotion. I can do it in a variety of ways, and I just wanted to make sure I was bringing something to the table that could help us win, no matter how I did it, each and every day.”