Jae’dan Carter, Virginia Stars 12U Colangelo - A rising seventh grader at Graham Park Middle School in Triangle, Carter went 16-for-23 with five home runs over seven games to lead the Stars to a 5-2 record and the championship game of the Top Gun World Series Division 3 12U Gold Bracket in Rocky Mount, N.C. over the weekend. The catcher added five doubles and 11 stolen bases, and in one game went 3-for-4 with two home runs, five RBI and three steals. Entered the week hitting .655 with 11 homers and 34 RBI this season. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Stars.
Ben Williamson, Stars 16U Red - A 5-foot-11, 175-pound second baseman, Williamson went 10-for-16 with three doubles, two RBI and four runs while making a number of standout defensive plays as the Stars won six of seven games en route to the championship at the Perfect Game 16U Super25 Deep South Super Qualifier in Chattanooga, TN. A rising junior at Freedom High School in South Riding, the leadoff man went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs in a 5-1 win over the Tennessee Xplosion in the tournament’s championship game. He entered the week hitting .625 through 10 games this summer. Photo courtesy of Stars Baseball.
Lucas Johnson, Manassas Blue & Grey 11U - A rising sixth grader at Bennett Elementary School in Manassas, Johnson went 8-for-11 with two walks, a double two home runs, 10 RBI and scored seven runs over four games at the Bulldog Bash in Mount Airy, MD. The center fielder and second baseman helped the team go 4-0 to win the championship. He entered the week hitting .478 with 10 doubles, four homers, 29 RBI and 32 runs in 25 games. Photo courtesy of Greater Manassas Baseball League.
Jake Kleifges, Briar Woods High School - A 5-foot-9, 180-pound shortstop, Kleifges went 5-for-8 with a double, triple, home run and five RBI as the Falcons won semifinal and championship games over Potomac and Halifax, respectively, to win the 5A North Region title. The senior, a first-team 5A Conference 14 selection, was 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI in the championship game, and he entered this week’s state tournament hitting .467 with 11 doubles, five triples, two homers, 18 RBI and 30 runs this season. Photo courtesy of Briar Woods Baseball.
Jake Williams, West Springfield High School - A 6-foot, 185-pound right-handed pitcher and infielder, Williams went 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI and pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory in a 9-2 win over Westfield in the 6A North Region quarterfinals on Friday. The senior, who was 1-for-1 with a double and a walk in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Osbourn, allowed just one hit while striking out three and not walking a batter against the Bulldogs. A first-team All-6A Conference 7 and second-team All-North Region selection, he entered the week 6-2 with a 1.50 ERA and 28 strikeouts to three walks in 42 innings this season. Photo courtesy of West Springfield Baseball.
Nick Stewart, Rock Ridge High School - A 6-foot-5, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, Stewart tossed a one-hit shutout and hit a three-run home run to lead the Phoenix past Dominion, 4-0, in the 4A Conference 21B quarterfinals. The senior, who will pitch next year for James Madison University, needed just 76 pitches in the complete-game outing, throwing first-pitch strikes to 16 of 21 batters. He faced the minimum number of hitters, retired the first 16 he faced and carried a perfect game into the sixth before erasing a single with a double-play ball. His homer was all the run support he’d need, and he finished the game 2-for-2 with two walks and the week 3-for-7 with four walks. Stewart entered the week with a 2.73 ERA with 65 strikeouts to 13 walks in 56 innings. Photo courtesy of Rock Ridge Baseball.
Noah Lerman, Highland School - A 6-foot, 160-pound center fielder, Lerman went 7-for-12 with two walks, two doubles and nine RBI as the Hawks swept their three games and repeated as Delaney Athletic Conference champions. The senior hit a grand slam in a 17-7 win over Seton in the DAC semifinals on Wednesday, then went 3-for-3 with two doubles, four runs and three RBI in a 20-5 win over Trinity Christian in the final on Saturday. A first-team all-conference selection who will play at Division III Sewanee, Lerman entered this week’s VISAA Division II state tournament hitting .412 with a .490 on-base average, 33 runs and 27 RBI. Photo courtesy of Highland School Baseball.
Brian Mims, University of North Carolina-Wilmington - A 5-foot-11, 200-pound second baseman from Forest Park High School, Mims went 8-for-13 with two home runs, four runs and seven RBI as the Seahawks swept Northeastern in a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series over the weekend. The junior had three-hit games on Saturday and Sunday, driving in five runs in Saturday’s 11-4 win. He entered the week leading the team with a .331 batting average and .426 on-base percentage and he has 10 doubles, seven homers and 27 RBI in 46 games this season. Photo courtesy of UNC-Wilmington Athletics.
Kyle Whitten, Osbourn Park High School - A 6-foot-3, 175-pound right-handed pitcher and second baseman, Whitten struck out 15 while allowing two runs on one hit in six innings, and also went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBI to lead the Yellow Jackets to an 8-2 win at Osbourn on Friday. The senior struck out the side in the second, third and fourth innings, and fanned two in each of his other three frames. The University of Virginia recruit entered the week 3-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 50 strikeouts and is hitting .488 with a .580 on-base average this season. Photo courtesy of Osbourn Park Baseball.
Jack Kidd, Madison High School - A 6-foot-1, 160-pound outfielder, Kidd went 6-for-9 with three runs and four RBI as the Warhawks swept their three games last week. The senior hit a walk off solo home run to beat visiting Fairfax, 4-3, on Friday night, finishing the game 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI. Two days earlier, he went 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI in an 18-0 win over Hayfield. He entered the week hitting .333 with a .375 on-base average, three homers and 10 RBI in 16 games. Photo by Albert Jacquez.
Jack Cone, South County High School - A 5-foot-11, 152-pound right-handed pitcher and second baseman, Cone struck out nine while allowing three hits and three walks in seven scoreless innings in a game the Stallions would eventually win, 1-0, in 12 innings over North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) at the Mingo Bay Classic in South Carolina last week. The senior also had two hits in the game, and he went 6-for-14 and drove in two runs over the four games at the tournament. A College of William & Mary signee, Cone enters the week 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 20.2 innings, and is hitting .333 with a .413 on-base average and six RBI. Photo courtesy of South County Baseball.
Jack Freeman, Woodbridge High School - A 6-foot, 185-pound third baseman, Freeman went 10-for-13 with four doubles, a home run, six runs and eight RBI in the Vikings’ four games against Potomac, Freedom-Woodbridge, McLean and Stafford. The senior had three-hit games in three of those games, connected for a grand slam against Freedom, and at one point had a stretch where he had a hit in eight consecutive at-bats. Freeman, who is considering Ivy League schools in addition to Brigham Young University, entered the week hitting .583 with a .600 on-base percentage, seven runs and 10 RBI. Photo courtesy of Woodbridge Baseball.
Conor Grammes, Xavier University - A 6-foot-1, 190-pound infielder and right-handed pitcher from McLean High School, Grammes went 8-for-13 with a home run, double and six RBI as the Musketeers went won three of their four games last week. The freshman also made two relief appearances, allowing two runs on four hits in a 3.1 innings. Grammes is hitting .548 over his last 12 games and has 13 multi-hit games this season. Entered the week hitting a team-high .356 with 11 extra-base hits and 19 RBI in 27 games. Was a first-team 6A North Region selection last year, and a two-time state champion wrestler for the Highlanders. Photo courtesy of Xavier Athletics.
Antonio Buckley, Westfield High School - A 5-foot-10, 175-pound left-handed pitcher and outfielder, Buckley started started two games and earned the win in both outings as the No. 10 Bulldogs won three games to open their season last week. The senior totaled 23 strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter while allowing just one run in 12 innings. He struck out 12, allowing one run on three hits in five innings in Monday’s 8-1 win over Mount Vernon, then came back on three days rest to toss a four-hit shutout, striking out 11 in Friday’s 8-0 win over Freedom. Buckley was a second-team 6A Conference 5 selection last year and has committed to play at Harford Community College in Maryland. Photo by Fred Ingham.
Jack Owens, Virginia Tech (Lake Braddock Secondary School) - A 5-foot-10, 165-pound infielder from Lake Braddock Secondary School, Owens went 9-for-18 with seven runs and five RBI and extended his hitting streak to 13 games as the Hokies won three of their four games last week. The redshirt sophomore was 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI and had two-hit, two-RBI games on Monday against Canisius and on Sunday against No. 3 Florida State, his 11th multi-hit game of the season. Owens enters the week third in the Atlantic Coast Conference hitting .404 and leading the country with 40 hits. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech Athletics
Jake Kuzbel, Georgetown University (Stone Bridge High School) - A 6-foot-2 senior infielder from Stone Bridge High School, Kuzbel went 11-for-20 with three extra-base hits, seven runs and eight RBI as the Hoyas won four of their five games at the Snowbird Baseball Classic last week in Florida. Also named the Big East Conference Player of the Week, he had two four-hit games and enters this week third on the team hitting .387 with 20 RBI. Photo courtesy of Georgetown Athletics