RICHMOND, Va. – Sometimes there's a little more left in the tank than one might originally think.
That's the case for former VCU baseball standout Justin Orenduff, who rejoined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after a brief two-year retirement stint, which landed him back in the Richmond area. He was assigned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga
"I can't say enough thanks to everyone who supported me during my time off, but when I got back throwing in recent months, I felt I had some left in the tank. Lucky for me the Dodgers were willing to give me a shot," Orenduff said.
Orenduff was a legend at VCU, earning All-CAA accolades on two occasions and being part of arguably the best pitching staff in school history. The 2003 staff, which included Orenduff, the Marshall brothers (Sean and Brian) as well as Cla Meredith led the nation in ERA. That was a big reason for the Rams taking home the CAA Championship that year.
As well as being named a Preseason All-American in 2004, Orenduff also spent time with Team USA in the 2003 Pan-Am Games, which he led the squad in wins (six) during that season.
Orenduff, who was drafted 33rd overall in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft, fought his way through the minor leagues, reaching Triple-A, but decided to hang it up in 2009 and head back to Richmond.
He returned to VCU and earned his bachelor's of science degree in business administration and management, while working private lessons and baseball camps around the Commonwealth.
It was the connection to the Marshall brothers that led to Orenduff's comeback shot as he was throwing in adult league around the Richmond area with Brian. That's when he felt the itch and thought he still had enough left in the tank.
After finishing the paperwork, Orenduff headed off to Rancho Cucamonga, where he hopes to start his comeback trail through the minors.