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Marriotts Ridge junior Josh Olsufka captures baseball Player of the Year

Marriotts Ridge junior Josh Olsufka captures baseball Player of the Year

Before getting to the extra-base hits, the strikeouts on the mound and the exquisite play at third base — all qualities that made Marriotts Ridge junior Josh Olsufka a fitting choice to be this year’s Howard County Times/Columbia Flier baseball Player of the Year — let’s establish a few things.

First off, Josh Olsufka wants you to call him Buck.

He adopted the name about a year ago when he found out his sister was going to have a kid. Olsufka, a self-proclaimed country boy, did not want to be known as “Uncle Josh,” so he told everyone — parents, friends, teammates and coaches — to refer to him as Buck. Mustangs coach Paul Eckert still uses Josh, but almost everyone else has...

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