The Benedictine varsity baseball team will play its archrival St. Christopher's School at RF&P Park on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Both teams will make the annual short trip to the park in Glen Allen to face off for the first time this season. The Cadets (15-0) and the Saints (6-4) are each looking for a crucial win to propel themselves toward the playoffs.
The Saints ace pitcher Patrick Routsis is likely to throw for Saint Christopher's, and Jay Woolfolk is likely to sling the rock for Benedictine. Woolfolk has not lost a game and has posted a 1.15 earned run average so far this season. Routsis, an Old Dominion University commit has also led the Saints in almost every statistical category on the mound as well as at the plate.
"The St. Chris game at RF&P is my favorite game of the year," said second baseman Brock Carter. "It is fun to play under the lights in front of a big crowd."
The RF&P game is an annual tradition among the two rivals. Usually the stadium is packed with fans, and there are many students from both schools there to cheer on their team. It is one of the most anticipated games of the high school season in the Richmond area.
"I can't wait to throw out the Saints trying to steal on me," said Benedictine's catcher Jackson Cray. "And when I throw them out, I will be so hype."
Saturday's game shall also feature "Buddy Ball." The players from both teams will join forces early in the day to help drive awareness and raise funds for a most worthy cause.