Connor Hale takes his game to the next level when results matter most. The rising senior at Broad Run High School displayed that during the 2019 varsity baseball playoffs for coach Tommy Meier and the Spartans.
A pitcher and an outfielder, Hale went 2-0 on the mound with a 1.46 earned run average during the 2019 postseason to help lead Broad Run through the district and regional playoffs into the state tournament.
"I like to be in [pressure] situations," Hale said. "I feel like I play my best in situations like that."
Hale will truly take his game to the next level following his final year of high school. He recently committed to continue his baseball career and education at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Georgetown competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Big East Conference. Hale, a member of the National Honor Society, said he will most likely study business at Georgetown.
"I really like the school. I toured the campus, it was beautiful," Hale said. "It's also a really good academic school and that is a big part of why I committed."
Lauded as a fierce competitor who plays fast during the recruiting process, Hale also received interest from James Madison, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Hale played baseball, basketball and football in youth leagues. He played football as a freshman at Broad Run before deciding to focus on baseball. Along with Broad Run, Hale plays for Stars Baseball.
A left-handed pitcher and hitter, Hale started in 14 games for Broad Run as a freshman and started in all 26 games as a sophomore. He has posted an on base percentage of more than .500 in each of his two varsity seasons.
Hale earned recognition on the All-Potomac District baseball team as a pitcher and an outfielder following his sophomore season. He was 6-0 with a save in 2019, striking out more than a batter per inning. He also scored 20 runs and slugged .458 at the plate.
Meier describes Hale as a "gamer and a great athlete", adding that he is "gritty, plays really hard and has pitched in a ton of big games."
Before heading to Georgetown, Hale is anxious to play one final season at Broad Run. The 2020 varsity baseball season -- along with all other spring sports -- were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I really want there to be a season because it's my senior year," Hale said. "Last year, I was very excited for the season. I thought we would have had a good run at a state title."