Stone Bridge Tabs Hayes as Program's 4th Skipper


September 10 - Andy Hayes has been hired as the new coach at Stone Bridge, the school announced today. 

“We are very excited to have Coach Hayes as our new baseball coach,” the school’s athletics director, Joan Windows, wrote via email this afternoon. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our baseball team.”

Hayes, 42, coached the past two seasons as an assistant at Salem, serving as the team’s hitting coach and helping the Spartans earn back-to-back Class 4 state tournament appearances. They won the program’s first state title in 2018, defeating Jamestown in the final. This past spring, they lost to Riverside in the state quarterfinals. Salem won 37 of 46 games in his two seasons on staff.

He replaces Mat Shannon, who stepped down after leading the Bulldogs to the Region 5C title and a berth in the Class 5 state tournament this spring. Shannon, who was named the region’s Coach of the Year, left to become an assistant director of student activities at Independence, which opened last month. He was 27-19 in his two seasons. 

Hayes, who played at Virginia Tech from 1995-97, inherits a program that has averaged 15.9 wins per season and won eight district championships since fielding its first team in 2001. He becomes the Bulldogs’ fourth head coach, following Sam Plank (2001-15), Andrew Baird (2016-17) and Shannon. 

"I have followed Stone Bridge Baseball throughout the years as well, and in my opinion, the program has the potential each and every year to be a championship contender. I am excited and honored to help build on that tradition,” said Hayes, who is the founder and owner of the Gameday Broadcast Network and has served as the Virginia High School League’s voice for football and basketball state tournament broadcasts since 2007. 

The son of Tom Hayes, a longtime college football and NFL assistant coach, Hayes won a state championship as a high schooler in Norman, OK prior to playing at Virginia Tech. He moved with his wife, Courtney, and two sons to Roanoke to be closer to her family five years ago and has commuted across the state while operating his business. This summer, the family relocated back to Loudoun County. 

Now, Hayes will look to continue the success at a program that is just five years removed from a state title. The Bulldogs play in the Potomac District, one of the state’s toughest leagues, and understands the challenge the program will have competing with the likes of annual contenders Briar Woods and Freedom-South Riding and now with new additions Riverside and Woodgrove. 

"It starts with culture, and everyone has to buy in to building something special,” Hayes said. “It takes incredible discipline from everyone in the program to win a championship. I want to see us have fun, but also play with tremendous discipline, effort and passion." 

Photo of Andy Hayes courtesy of Salem Baseball


Kamide’s Korner: Madison’s Sports Community Loses Its Lens


September 6 - Albert Jacquez was one of those rare individuals who could have an impact in sports without ever stepping between the lines. 

A father to two Madison High School student-athletes, Alex and Evan, Mr. Jacquez was the true definition of what one could want a sports dad to be. A successful businessman with a demanding job downtown - he served on both the Clinton and Bush administrations - who still made time to support his kids ... as well as many others. A former high school athlete himself, Mr. Jacquez carried himself with a quiet confidence and grace that left an impression on anyone he came into contact with. 

“He was a really special person, just a person you really respected,” Madison coach Mark ‘Pudge’ Gjormand said. “He helped me to grow up as a coach and as a person. We became very good friends over time. We would go to dinner, it was much more than sports.”

On Aug. 18, Gjormand along with the Madison and Vienna sports communities received the jarring news of Mr. Jacquez’ passing while en route to the family’s vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard. In the days since his death, the community has rallied behind the family that has been such a presence at the school for so many years. 

If you’ve been to a Warhawk sporting event over the past dozen years, chances are you’ve seen Mr. Jacquez - always with his camera in tow and a warm smile for anyone he might encounter. In the years since Alex and Evan graduated and went on to play collegiately in baseball at Lehigh University and in football at the College of William & Mary, respectively, he remained a fixture at Madison. 

His sons played baseball and football, so naturally he took many photos at those games. But he also did so at boys and girls lacrosse, basketball, soccer and softball games. His online photo portfolio has just shy of 17,000 action shots taken at Madison sporting events. Since 2007, he managed the Warhawks’ baseball website, and he and his wife, Lynn - who has spent countless hours volunteering with the Vienna Little League, Vienna Mustangs travel program and Madison’s football and baseball teams over the years - have continued to donate time and money to the program, even traveling to support the Warhawks over spring break trips to South Carolina and Florida. 

Yes, his camera would also make those trips.

“Those people behind the scenes, the volunteers, they are who really make it run. They’re who make high school and youth sports go,” Gjormand said. “They usually come and go with their kids, but Albert was very unique, he really became a part of it and became an extension of our coaching staff. He went above and beyond, and it wasn’t just baseball. He took photos for so many different sports at Madison. 

“His love for the school and his love for the kids was special.”

If I was covering a game Mr. Jacquez was at, I knew I could put my camera away as he’d take much better photos anyway, and would enjoy sharing them with me. Our readers have benefited over the years from the color those images have added to our stories. As have the readers of The Washington Post, the Sun-Gazette, Gameday Magazine and other publications that he provided photos to. 

So I’d catch up with him for a few minutes - I knew he enjoyed talking about the Nationals, the Warhawks and updating me of the latest with his sons, who I coached with the Vienna Mustangs - then I’d leave him to continue with the hobby he had so much passion for. 

Mr. Jacquez was, quite simply, the pure definition of a volunteer and a gift to the Vienna sporting community. Which is fitting, considering he was born on Christmas Eve. An outgoing and generous member of the community, a supporter and volunteer in youth and high school sports, and above all, a great husband and father. 

He was all of the above, and we were all lucky to have him in our lives. 

For information on Albert Jacquez’ viewing and to read his full obituary, click here. The family has requested in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Madison’s athletics department, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, or to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Photo of Albert Jacquez by Jill Hecht


Pro Notebook: PWC Natives Kraft, Farrar Help Lake Erie Reach Frontier Playoffs


September 5 - Steven Kraft spent the summer as one of the top outfielders in the independent Frontier League, and the late-season addition of outfielder Logan Farrar gave the Lake Erie Crushers another Prince William County native in the middle of their lineup during their playoff push. 

Kraft, a Battlefield graduate who was released in spring training after spending last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, finished among the top five in the league in batting average (.293), on-base percentage (.394) and steals (25). In early August, Lake Erie added Farrar, a Woodbridge grad who was released on July 29 while in the midst of his third season in the Oakland A’s system. 

The addition quickly paid off, as Farrar hit .308 and the Crushers won 15 of their final 20 games and ran away with the league’s East Division title. 

Lake Erie trails its best-of-five division series with the Florence Freedom, 2-0, and will look to stay alive when it hosts Game 3 tomorrow night. The Crushers would also host Game 4 on Sunday and Game 5 on Monday if they’re able to extend the series. 

McBroom Gets Hit in 1st MLB At-Bat, Adds 2 More Next Night

Ryan McBroom (Courtland) was traded from the New York Yankees to Kansas City on Sunday, was added to the Royals’ roster on Tuesday afternoon, then started at first base and singled in his first career Major League at-bat that night against the Detroit Tigers. 

“It’s a dream of a lifetime,” McBroom told the Kansas City Register. “It happened super fast. It was like Christmas Eve times a million, and I’m just super excited to be here and ready to roll with this group of guys.”

He started in right field last night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI as Kansas City won its fourth straight. The 27-year-old Fredericksburg native is looked upon by the Royals’ front office as a potential long-term option at first base. 

McBroom has hit .288 with 102 career home runs in his six minor league seasons. 

Angels Recall Bour as Teams Expand Rosters

Justin Bour (Westfield) was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels last week, his third stint with the club in what has been a frustrating season for the first baseman. 

After slugging 83 home runs over the previous four years, Bour has struggled in his first season with the Angels. He’s been sent down to the minor leagues twice and entered today hitting .181 with eight homers and 26 RBI in 144 at-bats. He has struck out in his two pinch hit opportunities since being called up over the weekend. 

Bour, 31, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract last winter and is likely to hit free agency again this offseason. He has hit .254 with 92 homers and 303 RBI in six seasons with Miami, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Logan Farrar courtesy of Morning Journal, Steven Kraft courtesy of Lake Erie Crushers, Ryan McBroom courtesy of MLB.com, and Justin Bour courtesy of Associated Press


The P-Nats and The Pfitz, By the Numbers


September 5 - The Potomac Nationals’ final game at Pfitzner Stadium was played last week, marking the end of a 36-year era for the club at the Woodbridge ballpark. 

The impending move marks an end of nearly four decades in Prince William County, as the club shifts its focus to a new chapter next year at the $35 million ballpark currently being built in Fredericksburg. We detailed the franchise’s timeline at Pfitzner Stadium in our story last November. 

Potomac, a High-A Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals, beat Myrtle Beach, 5-1, on Thursday in front of a crowd of 4,682 on hand to watch the final game at the ballpark. The P-Nats finished their final season at the ballpark with a 70-67 record, sweeping their final four games at Frederick over the weekend to finish the season on a seven-game winning streak. 

Mike Covington, the longtime Potomac coach and a Prince William native, was an assistant at the Dumfries school when it beat Lake Braddock, 6-4, in the Group AAA state final on the field in 1988. He also recalls fondly throwing out the first pitch on ‘Billy Deck Day’ named for the former Panthers star who played with the then-Potomac Cannons from 1998-2000, and the ‘The Fall Classic’ run by former Potomac coach Jerry Gardziel that was held at the stadium and attracted some of the country’s top players. 

“It’s been a nice place to play, the facilities were very good for the era when it first opened,” Covington said. 

Originally established as the Alexandria Dukes in 1978, the franchise moved to its new home after six seasons at what was then known as Municipal Stadium at Four Mile Run Park. Today, the ballpark is named Frank Mann Field and serves as the home to Bishop Ireton in the spring and the Alexandria Aces of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League in the summer. 

Pfitzner Stadium has been the home to dozens of future Major Leaguers, and it was a former big leaguer that provided former Gar-Field coach Mike Meadows with one of his favorite memories at the park. The colorful Joe Charboneau, who suited up for the then-Prince William Pirates in 1984, was ejected from a game and proceeded to entertain the crowd by tossing bats and water coolers on the field.

Meadows, who grew up playing and coaching not far from the stadium, also remembers fans getting on Billy Ripken, the younger brother of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.

“Billy Ripken came through playing shortstop for Hagerstown and he was unmercifully harassed by the fans,” Meadows said, adding that the younger Ripken brother handled the heckling well. “Also, another wonderful experience was having American Legion ball in the stadium.”

Since the opening of the stadium, the club has been affiliated with six Major League organizations and had eight different names. The ballpark itself has had four names, beginning as Davis Ford Park, then becoming Prince William County Stadium, then Pfitzner Stadium, and for the past two years, going by Northwest Federal Field at Pfitzner Stadium. 

Here are some more stadium numbers:

$2,000,000 - The cost of the stadium, which was built in 1983 and early 1984. 

236,772 - The number of fans that attended the P-Nats’ home games in 2013, a club record and an average of 3,534 over the 67 contests. 

12,916 - Number of days the club called Pfitzner Stadium home, debuting on Apr. 19, 1984 and playing its final game at the ballpark on Aug. 29, 2019. 

.488 - The club’s overall winning percentage in its 36 seasons at the stadium, having compiled a 2,438-2,556 record and 14 winning campaigns. 

84 - Victories in 2013, a franchise record. The P-Nats also set a franchise record that season with 47 home wins, but would lose in the Carolina League championship series to Salem. 

11 - Carolina League playoff appearances, in the 36 seasons the team played at the stadium. The franchise’s other postseason came in 1982. 

6 - Major League organizations the franchise has been affiliated with while at the stadium, including the Pirates from 1984-86, the Yankees from 1987-93, the White Sox from 1994-96, the Cardinals from 1997-2002, the Reds from 2003-04, and the Nationals from 2005-19. 

4 - Carolina League championships won by the club while playing at the stadium, winning in 1989, 2008, 2010 and 2014. The franchise also won a title in 1982 while playing in Alexandria. 

2 - Carolina League MVP honors won while at the stadium, earned by Troy Farnsworth in 2000 and Tyler Moore in 2010. Farnsworth holds the franchise record with 113 RBI and Moore clubbed 31 home runs, also a club record.  


McBroom Traded to Royals, Could Debut Tonight


September 3 - Ryan McBroom was traded from the New York Yankees to Kansas City on Sunday and he was added earlier today to the Royals’ 40-man roster. He could make his Major League debut tonight against the Detroit Tigers. 

McBroom, 27, was dealt for international cash considerations after hitting .315 with a .402 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 26 home runs and 66 RBI in 117 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre this season. The former Courtland and West Virginia University standout is a four-time minor league All-Star, including this year in the International League. 

While the Major League trade deadline was on July 31, minor league players are eligible to be traded at any point during the season. 

“In my opinion, he’s the MVP of this league,” Scranton/Wilkes Barre manager Jay Bell told the Press Enterprise. “He’s done a phenomenal job. We’re in the position we’re in because of Ryan McBroom. I’m really, really happy that he gets the opportunity to go to Kansas City and go to the big leagues.”

It’s the second time the first baseman has been traded since he was taken by the Blue Jays in the 15th round in 2014. He was acquired by New York in July 2017 in a deal that sent Rob Refsnyder to Toronto. McBroom is tied for seventh all-time in homers (29) and ranks sixth in RBI (162) at West Virginia. 

Kansas City begins a three-game home series with Detroit tonight. 

Photo of Ryan McBroom courtesy of MiLB.com


Prep Notebook: Tolson Changes College Destination, Will Play at Longwood


September 2 - Mike Tolson, a member of the 2019 NOVA Nine Team and the VHSL Class 5 State Player of the Year, had a late-summer change to his college destination and accepted a scholarship offer to play at Longwood. 

Tolson went 10-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 77 innings to lead the Indians (24-3) to the program’s first state championship. He had initially signed to play at Western Carolina. 

“It’s great, it worked out really well,” Stafford coach Tommy Harrison said. “I couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound right hander and infielder will be given an opportunity to play both ways for the Lancers, who went 11-41 overall and 5-22 in the Big South Conference last spring under coach Ryan Mau. 

Area’s Top Football Performances from Week 1

Alex Jreige had 32 carries for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead Madison to a 15-13 win over Marshall in one of several notable performances by area baseball players on the first weekend of high school football. 

The Warhawks’ sophomore running back was joined by four others who had big Week 1 games: Annandale junior quarterback Danny Salisbury, South County junior running back Charlie Miska, C.D. Hylton junior quarterback Tyler Mitchell and Independence sophomore receiver Josh Hand.

Salisbury had 22 carries for 101 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to W.T. Woodson and Hand finished with seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 53-43 loss to Skyline. Mitchell helped the Bulldogs come back to defeat Mount Vernon, passing for 106 yards and a late touchdown in a 35-28 win. And Miska had 10 carries for 49 yards and caught a 35-yard touchdown in a 28-6 win over Woodbridge. 

Beliveau Transfers from IMG Academy to Paul VI

Griffin Beliveau, a Maryland native who attended the IMG Academy in Florida last year, has transferred to Paul VI Catholic for his junior year. 

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA in four appearances last spring with IMG’s Gray team, which finished 14-11. He previously played locally with the C5T Elite and Diamond Skills travel programs prior to attending the Florida academy. 

Beliveau joins a Panthers staff that includes junior right-hander Daniel Quintana, who committed over the weekend to James Madison. He’ll help fill a void after the graduation of ace Nick Ortega and the transfer of Bradley Gagen and Bryce Dolby to Independence. 

Stone Bridge, West Potomac, Riverbend Near Coaching Hires

Stone Bridge is reportedly set to announce a hire soon and West Potomac has completed its interviews as area schools aim to fill head coaching vacancies. 

Openings also exist at Riverbend and Marshall, which opened last week with the departure of Aaron Tarr to become an assistant at Georgetown. Marshall has not yet advertised the position on the Fairfax County Public Schools website. The vacancy at Riverbend has been open since June. 

Over the summer, Herndon hired Steve Frank and Champe hired Scott Van Dusseldorp to fill the other area coaching openings. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Mike Tolson courtesy of Stafford Baseball, Alex Jreige courtesy of Madison Football and Danny Salisbury courtesy of Annandale Football


The Mag’s 2019 College Summer All-Star Team


September 1 - The magazine’s third annual College Summer All-Star Team consists of a 25-man roster of players hailing from Northern Virginia. 

This year’s team is led by Matt Thomas, who hit .366 with 43 RBI and led the Bethesda Big Train to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League championship. He’s joined in our starting lineup by seven other players who hit over .300 this summer: Watertown Rapids catcher George Rosales (.352), Alexandria Aces first baseman and outfielder Scotty Morgan (.319), Charlottesville TomSox second baseman Trey McDyre (.325), Vermont Mountaineers shortstop Austin Gauthier (.301), Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts third baseman Lucas Donlon (.300), FCA Braves outfielder Jordan Ebersole (.311) and New Market Rebels outfielder Jonah Seagears (.306). 

FCA Braves right-hander Jack Cone, who led the CRCBL with a 2.70 ERA, and Alexandria Aces right-hander Jared Lyons (2.85 ERA, 45 K’s) anchor the rotation, with the bullpen paced by two relievers with who had sub-2.00 ERAs this summer - the D.C. Grays’ Magnus Ellerts and Matsu Miners’ Owen Lamon. 

The 25 players selected come from 17 different teams in eight leagues - the Alaska Baseball League, CRCBL, Cape Cod League, Coastal Plain League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, Northwoods League, Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and the Valley Baseball League.

Here are this year’s selections:

Catcher: George Rosales, Watertown Rapids - The Briar Woods grad hit .352 with a .510 on-base percentage, one homer and 12 RBI in 23 games in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Had a 13-game hitting streak in July and finished with seven multi-hit games. Entering his sophomore year at Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

First Base: Scotty Morgan, Alexandria Aces - The Woodbridge grad was a first-team All-Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League selection after hitting .319 with a .434 on-base percentage and a league-high nine home runs along with 29 RBI in 36 regular season games. Had a 16-game hitting streak in June and into early July and finished with nine multi-hit games. Entering his junior year at George Mason University. 

Second Base: Trey McDyre, Charlottesville TomSox - The Loudoun Valley grad hit .325 with a .424 on-base percentage and helped the TomSox reach the Valley Baseball League championship series. Had a five-hit game in June, finished with 39 hits and 19 RBI in 32 regular season games. Entering his senior year at Liberty University. 

Shortstop: Austin Gauthier, Vermont Mountaineers - The South County grad hit .301 with a .406 on-base percentage, 14 extra-base hits and 18 RBI in 43 regular season games while earning New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star honors. Had 17 multi-hit games, five contests with three hits, and finished tied for eighth in doubles (11), tied for 13th in the league in hits (50) and tied for third in walks (39). Entering his junior year at Hofstra University. 

Third Base: Lucas Donlon, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts - The Georgetown Prep grad and McLean resident was one of the top rising freshmen in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, hitting .300 with a .376 on-base percentage and 12 RBI in 25 regular season games. He was even better in the playoffs, hitting .368 with three homes and five RBI in five games as the Thunderbolts reached the league championship series. Entering his freshman year at Virginia Tech. 

Outfield: Hunter Gore, Wilson Tobs - The Loudoun Valley grad hit .223 with a .374 on-base percentage, seven homers and 35 RBI in 43 games in the Coastal Plain League. Also had 11 doubles and his 32 walks were tied for seventh in the league. Entering his redshirt junior year at the University of Mount Olive. 

Outfield: Jordan Ebersole, FCA Braves - The Madison grad hit .311 with a 419 on-base percentage, four homers and 14 RBI in 25 regular season games in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Was 4-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in a win over the Alexandria Aces on July 13. Entering his senior year at the Virginia Military Institute. 

Outfield: Jonah Seagears, New Market Rebels - The Battlefield grad hit .306 with a .428 on-base percentage, three homers and 18 RBI and finished second in the Valley League in steals (21) and tied for eighth in runs (32). Had 13 multi-hit games, including five straight at one point in June. Entering his sophomore year at Virginia Tech. 

Designated Hitter: Scout Knotts, North Adams SteepleCats - The South County grad hit .296 with a .388 on-base percentage, nine doubles, two homers and 26 RBI in 41 games for his New England Collegiate Baseball League club. Had 13 multi-hit games, including five straight at one point in early July. Entering his junior year at Shippensburg University. 

Utility: Matt Thomas, Bethesda Big Train - A first-team all-league selection and the playoff MVP after helping the Big Train win the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League title, the Lake Braddock grad led the CRCBL in RBI (43) and was second in hits (45) and third in batting average (.366) during the regular season. Had an 11-game hitting streak in July and finished with 16 multi-hit games. Hit .417 in the postseason and a go-ahead three-run homer in the deciding game of the league championship series. Entering his sophomore year at the College of William & Mary. 

Reserves: Lyle Miller Green, OF/1B, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts; Michael Ludowig, OF, Harwich Mariners; Anthony Stehlin, UTL, Edenton Steamers; Parker Denny, 1B, Newark Pilots … Notes: Miller-Green (Lake Braddock/George Mason) joined the CRCBL team late after helping the Bruins win the VHSL Class 6 state title, hitting .313 with a .380 on-base percentage and nine RBI in 18 games …  Ludowig (Briar Woods/Wake Forest) hit .256 in 28 regular season games, then batted .375 in the Cape Cod League postseason … Stehlin (Forest Park/Concord) hit .273 with a .366 on-base percentage, 3 homers and 25 RBI in 44 games in the Coastal Plain League … Denny (Yorktown/Seton Hill) hit .239 with a .359 on-base percentage, three homers and 18 RBI in 33 games during the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s regular season.

Starting Pitcher: Jack Cone, RHP, FCA Braves - The South County grad went 3-2 with a league-best 2.70 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. Had a 14.1-inning scoreless streak to begin the summer, and allowed two runs or less in four of his six starts. Also earned two saves while making three relief appearances and the versatile player hit .210 with a .320 on-base percentage and two homers in 62 at-bats. Entering his sophomore year at the College of William & Mary. 

Other Starting Pitchers: Jared Lyons, RHP, Alexandria Aces; Antonio Menendez, Harwich Mariners; Marty Tolson Jr., Rochester Honkers … Notes: Lyons (West Springfield/George Mason) recorded a 2.85 ERA with 45 strikeouts - both ranked second in the CRCBL - in 28.1 innings over his eight starts … Menendez (Herndon/Wake Forest) came on strong late after shifting from the bullpen and was one of the Cape Cod League’s top starters down the stretch, finishing with a 3.72 ERA in 29 innings during the regular season and tossing six scoreless innings in his lone postseason start … Tolson (Stafford/Maryland-Eastern Shore) went 5-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 52 innings for his Northwoods League club.

Relief Pitchers: Nick Stewart, RHP, Harwich Mariners; Jack Nathan, LHP, FCA Braves; Jack Weeks, LHP, Bethesda Big Train; Magnus Ellerts, RHP, D.C. Grays; Owen Lamon, RHP, Matsu Miners; Kevin Ledford, RHP, Winchester Royals … Notes: Stewart (Rock Ridge/James Madison) had 32 strikeouts and recorded three saves, compiling a 4.68 ERA in 25 innings for the Cape Cod League club … Nathan (South Lakes/High Point) posted a 3.29 ERA over 27.1 innings in 10 appearances … Weeks (Paul VI Catholic/Georgetown) compiled a 3.05 ERA in 17.2 innings over 12 relief outings … Ellerts (Woodbrdge/Harford CC), a rising freshman, had a 1.45 ERA with two saves and 18 strikeouts in 12.1 innings over 11 outings … Lamon (Oakton/Georgetown) posted a 1.84 ERA in 14.2 innings over 15 relief appearances with his Alaska Baseball League club … Ledford (North Stafford/Roanoke) posted a 4.50 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 20 innings and ranked second in the Valley Baseball League with five saves.


Triantos, O’Connor Transferring from 6-Time WCAC Champion St. John’s


August 31 - Two talented young players, James Triantos and Jack O’Connor, will not return to St. John’s next spring as the Washington, D.C. power seeks an unprecedented seventh consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.

The two Northern Virginia natives helped the Cadets go 30-3 and win the WCAC and D.C. city championships in their first prep seasons, and Triantos became the first freshman ever to earn first-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post. O’Connor has enrolled at Bishop O’Connell and Triantos plans to transfer prior to the spring semester, his father confirmed earlier this week. It’s undecided where he will enroll.

O’Connor, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander and first baseman who resides in Arlington, committed last fall to play at the University of Virginia. He was 1-1 with a 0.54 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13 innings and went 6-for-12 with eight RBI while serving mostly as a pinch hitter for a deep Cadets lineup. 

Triantos, a North Carolina recruit who resides in McLean, quickly became a two-way threat on the mound and in the middle of the order as coach Mark Gibbs’ club became the first to win six straight WCAC titles. He hit .495 with a .576 on-base percentage, 49 hits - including 22 that went for extra bases - along with 12 steals and 39 RBI. On the mound, he was 6-0 with a 0.44 ERA and 41 strikeouts to eight walks in 32 innings. 

Both players are rated among Prep Baseball Report’s top Class of 2022 recruits in D.C. and Virginia, Triantos ranked at No. 3 and O’Connor at No. 5. Two others on that list - left-hander Bradley Gagen (No. 6) and catcher Mason Balsis (No. 8) - also transferred over the summer in what was a busy offseason for player movement. Gagen, who recently decommitted from Virginia, transferred from Paul VI Catholic to Independence, Loudoun County’s newest school. Balsis, a Virginia recruit, has moved over from Osbourn Park to Patriot. 

Other area Division I recruits who transferred over the summer include: sophomore right-hander Bryce Dolby (Virginia Tech), who went from Paul VI to Independence; sophomore outfielder Elijah Lambros (Virginia Tech), who left defending VHSL Class 5 state champion Stafford to attend Fredericksburg Christian Academy, a small VISAA Division II private school; and left-hander Brandon Clarke (Alabama), who left Rock Ridge to attend Independence. 

Photos of James Triantos, left, and Jack O’Connor, right, by Mark Seal


Pro Notebook: Rizzo Invited to Play in Arizona Fall League


August 30 - Joe Rizzo has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League as the Oakton graduate wraps his third full professional season with the Seattle Mariners organization. 

Many of baseball’s top prospects are invited to play in the league each fall.

A second round pick in 2016, Rizzo has put together his best pro campaign with High-A Modesto. The left-handed swinging infielder enters today hitting .293 with a .352 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI in 124 games. Earlier this summer, he was named to the California League All-Star Game. 

Rizzo, 21, has been worked recently at second base and first base after spending the majority of his time at third base since Seattle made him the area’s highest prep draft pick since Westfield’s Brandon Snyder was a first-round pick of Baltimore in 2005. He played shortstop at Oakton, where he was a two-time NOVA Nine Team selection and our 2015 Player of the Year. 

“Honestly, I absolutely love second base,” Rizzo told Lookout Landing, which covers the Mariners and its minor league teams. “It’s freeing. You can play the hops. You have time to move your feet. You can take your time a bit.”

Rizzo is batting .342 in August with hits in 16 of his past 18 games, and he had his first career five-hit game last week. "I was seeing [the ball] pretty well," he told MiLB.com after that contest. "I thought I was picking up spin pretty well. I was looking at a certain part of the zone and I was sitting on a couple pitches, and I ended up getting them."

Guyer’s Rehab From Elbow Surgery Continues, Eyes MLB Return in 2020

A toned Brandon Guyer appears well on his way to recovery three months after elbow surgery ended his 13th professional season. 

The Herndon graduate posted a photo on his Instagram page with the following message, “It’s been 3 months since season ending elbow surgery. Back up to 200 lbs and feeling great. Slowly but surely getting to where I need to be...back on that field.”

Guyer, 33, signed a minor league deal last winter with the Chicago White Sox and received an invite to their spring training with the Chicago White Sox. He started the season at Triple-A Charlotte, hitting .244 with a .369 on-base percentage in 16 games before requiring the surgery. 

The former Herndon and University of Virginia standout has played in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians, hitting .250 in 1,291 at-bats over seven seasons with the two clubs. 

Lee, Snyder Reach Milestones as Minor League Season Winds Down

Khalil Lee (Flint Hill) has two stolen bases this week and is second among all minor league players with 52 steals this season, doing so in 124 games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. 

Rated by MLBPipeline as Kansas City’s No. 4 prospect, Lee is hitting .263 with a .366 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, seven homers and 47 RBI. He’s 52-for-64 on stolen base attempts. One of the Royals’ current outfielders, Billy Hamilton, holds the minor league single-season steals record with 155, set in 2012. 

Northwest Arkansas concludes its regular season tomorrow and begin play in the Texas League playoffs next week. This winter, Lee will be playing for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico's Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente.

Meanwhile, Brandon Snyder (Westfield) hit his 30th home run of the season for Triple-A Fresno on Saturday. He’s hitting .255 and has added 24 doubles and 78 RBI in 113 games with the Washington Nationals affiliate. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Joe Rizzo courtesy of MiLB.com, Brandon Guyer courtesy of Getty Images, and Brandon Snyder courtesy of MiLB.com.


Recruiting Notebook: Following Kuhn’s Departure, Gagen Decommits from Virginia


August 28 - Independence’s Bradley Gagen has decommitted from Virginia following the departure of longtime pitching coach Karl Kuhn, who last week was named as the new head coach at Radford. 

The sophomore left-hander, who transferred from Paul VI Catholic over the summer, wrote via Twitter that he had “made the decision to reopen my college recruitment,” 10 months after initially committing to the Charlottesville school. Gagen was 3-2 with a save, a 2.33 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 30 innings with the Panthers this past spring, and joins Brandon Clarke (Alabama) and Bryce Dolby (Virginia Tech) as Division I pitching recruits who are transferring into Loudoun County’s newest school. 

Earlier this summer, he helped his EvoShield Canes travel team win the title at the Perfect Game WWBA 15U National Championship in Georgia. He’s the No. 13-rated recruit in Prep Baseball Report’s ranking of Class of 2022 players in Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

Gagen’s decision comes two months after Patriot senior right-hander Riley Eikhoff decommitted from Virginia. Eikhoff has since made a commitment to Coastal Carolina. The Cavaliers could also lose Potomac Falls lefty Nate Savino, a projected early pick in next year’s Major League Baseball Draft. Bishop O’Connell’s 6-foot-9 senior southpaw Jake Berry is also reportedly on the radar of professional scouts. 

Other area pitchers committed to the Cavaliers include Justice junior lefty Dean Kampschror and St. John’s (D.C.) sophomore righty Jack O’Connor, a resident of Arlington. Justice coach Randy Lightle said tonight that Kampschror had been in touch with the Virginia coaching staff and remains committed to the program. 

Broad Run’s Rebok Commits to Towson

Justin Rebok committed earlier this month to play at Towson, becoming Broad Run’s first Division I recruit since 2017 graduate Zach Buck went on to play at Holy Cross. 

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior right-hander has compiled a 3.72 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 47 innings in 18 appearances over the past two seasons. He also hit .317 with a .408 on-base percentage and 15 RBI this past spring as the Spartans went 16-10 and made their first state tournament appearance since 2011. 

“Justin’s an excellent example of a kid who has worked hard, trusted the process of getting better each day and focused on helping the team win any way he can,” Broad Run coach Tommy Meier wrote via text message.

Rebok plays in the offseason with the Diamond Elite travel program. 

Towson went 14-39 overall and 7-17 in the Colonial Athletic Association this past season. 

Estridge Latest Battlefield Hurler to Commit to Division I Program

Sophomore pitcher Carson Estridge committed earlier today to West Virginia, becoming Battlefield’s sixth Division I pitching recruit since 2016. 

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound right-hander will join juniors Jackson Baird and Cole Snead on a talented young Bobcats pitching staff in the spring. Baird has committed to pitch at George Mason and Snead will pitch at Randolph-Macon. All three pitchers - Estridge, Baird and Snead - play in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program. 

Estridge and Baird join Jake Agnos (East Carolina), James Beasley (Hofstra/George Mason), Keagan McGinnis (Virginia Tech) and Zach Agnos (East Carolina) as recent Battlefield hurlers to pitch at the Division I level. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Bradley Gagen courtesy of Paul VI Baseball, Broad Run’s Justin Rebok by Fred Ingham and Battlefield’s Carson Estridge courtesy of the Marucci Stars