POWHATAN – When Robbie Kurtz started hitting home runs around fifth grade in the Huguenot Little League – and also when he and his teammates won the local World Series – he saw that he was pretty good at the game of baseball. Years later, the dual-sport athlete and Blessed Sacrament Huguenot junior has earned First Team honors on the 2019 Division III VISAA Baseball All-State Team.
“It’s great - just knowing all the hard work paid off,” Robbie said, “and just for the school – giving [Blessed Sacrament Huguenot] recognition, because we’re a smaller school. And it gives you hope for the future – hopefully more to come. Hopefully the team does better next year.”
Robbie delivered a standout effort in 2019 to help his BSH baseball team achieve 10 wins in a season for the first time since 2012.
“It’s been great, because in the past years, I’ve had fun, but there hadn’t been much wins,” Robbie said. “It’s good to get some wins – and just being a part of the team.”
Robbie, who is from Midlothian, first got into baseball around fourth grade as he had friends who played; he started out in Little League and kept competing from there.
He started going to Blessed Sacrament Huguenot in sixth grade.
“I love the school, love the baseball program, Coach [James] Poore, he’s really built a good program here,” Robbie said. “It’s just fun to be around and fun to play.”
Robbie shined as a powerhouse in the field, at the plate and also on the mound for the Knights this season. He batted a stellar .500 with 29 hits, 30 RBIs, 19 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 triples, 14 walks and 9 stolen bases.
He’s comfortable at short stop, and his lockdown play in the infield has been bolstered by continuously working at the position, having confidence and focusing in on every play. He’s also been a go-to pitcher in relief situations, with a strong selection of pitches, namely his fastball and curve ball, aiding him on the mound.
Robbie described himself as a low-ball hitter, but he also focuses on trying not to get himself out, as well as on being patient at the plate.
Before baseball, Robbie started playing basketball in kindergarten, and he’s excelled on the hardwood as a versatile player and leading force for the Knights. He’s currently looking to play either basketball or baseball in college.
“It’s been great,” he said of being a dual-sport athlete. “I just love playing sports in general and…being a part of the school and representing the school is really cool here.”