Auxiliary Nines: Northern Virginia's 2019 All-County Nines


June 24 - For Battlefield to be successful this season, it was going to need run production from Carter Cunningham, the Bobcats’ sweet-swinging Gardner Webb-bound first baseman. 

He delivered, providing protection in the lineup for two-time NOVA Nine Team selection Zach Agnos and clearing the table that was set so many times by second-team all-state leadoff man Craig Miles. Cunningham hit .385 with a team-high 27 RBI and 17 of his 25 hits went for extra bases - including four home runs - as Battlefield went 18-5, won the Cedar Run District tournament championship and advanced to the Region 6D semifinals. 

A second-team all-state selection, Cunningham is one of the 63 players to be named to the magazine’s 2019 All-County Nines. The selections come from 85 schools in the seven counties that encompass our coverage area, with a coach and nine players chosen from each county. 

The magazine’s Auxiliary Nines are part of our NOVA Nine Team series honoring the top players from Northern Virginia. The series is sponsored by The St. James in Springfield. 

Here’s a look at this year’s selections: 

Arlington County
Coach:
Kyle Padgett, Bishop O’Connell
Zach Bako, Wakefield
Peter Colevas, Bishop O’Connell
Eddie Eisert, Bishop O’Connell
Trey Haley, Washington-Lee
Aidan Henning, Yorktown
Josh Jones, Yorktown
Nathan Knowles, Yorktown
Ben Koomey, Yorktown
Jack Winslow, Washington-Lee

Fairfax County
Coach:
John Thomas, Lake Braddock
Joe Clancy, Westfield
Todd Hartman, Jefferson
Jackson Kantor, McLean
Bobby Leitzel, Lake Braddock
Nick Lottchea, Westfield
Lyle Miller-Green, Lake Braddock
Dylan Siesky, Chantilly
Thomas Trinca, Centreville
Dylan Wilkinson, Fairfax

Fauquier County
Coach:
Micah Higgins, Highland School
Joe DeBardi, Highland School
Luke Burner, Highland School
Caden Decroo, Kettle Run
Zach Ewald, Kettle Run
Blake Fisher, Highland School
Nathan Mabe, Kettle Run
Carson McCusker, Fauquier
Logan Rodney, Liberty
Joe Vogatsky, Kettle Run

Loudoun County
Coach:
Sam Plank, Riverside
Sajon Belser, Riverside
Gunner Canary, Riverside
John Heltebran, Riverside
Nick Lockhart, Woodgrove
Paul Moore, Stone Bridge
Nate Savino, Potomac Falls
Evan Smith, Briar Woods
Ethan Snyder, Broad Run
Ben Williamson, Freedom-South Riding

Prince William County
Coach:
Brian Knight, Brentsville District
Zach Agnos, Battlefield
Carter Cunningham, Battlefield
Jake DeLisi, Brentsville District
Riley Eikhoff, Patriot
Ryley Johnson, Colgan
Braden Mack, Potomac
Brody Mack, Potomac
Craig Miles, Battlefield
Ben Thomas, Potomac

Spotsylvania County
Coach:
Tim Acors, Courtland
George Aste, Chancellor
Addie Burrow, Courtland
J.T. Carter, Fredericksburg Christian
Trevor Croson, Spotsylvania
Aaron Leinenbach, Massaponax
Ty Lowe, Courtland
Patrick Millner, Courtland
Mike Shanahan, Massaponax
Joel Tarrh, Fredericksburg Christian

Stafford County
Coach:
Tommy Harrison, Stafford
Robbie Baker, Stafford
Aidan Henderson, Colonial Forge
Elijah Lambros, Stafford
Owen Ledford, North Stafford
Caleb McAlister, Stafford
Andrew Neff, Mountain View
Tucker Sullivan, Stafford
Aiden Tierney, Colonial Forge
Mike Tolson, Stafford

Photos of, clockwise from top left, Chantilly’s Dylan Siesky by Fred Ingham, Stafford’s Tucker Sullivan by Michael Greene, Joel Tarrh courtesy of Fredericksburg Christian Baseball, Battlefield’s Carter Cunningham by Fred Ingham, Kettle Run’s Caden Decroo by Michael Green, Sajon Belser courtesy of Riverside Baseball, and Peter Colevas courtesy of Bishop O’Connell Baseball


Auxiliary Nines: Episcopal’s Versatile Moses Joins Mag’s Two-Way Nine


June 23 - Demonstrating the quiet leadership that became his staple over four years at the Alexandria school, Episcopal’s Josh Moses did it all as the Maroon won 12 of their first 13 games en route to the program’s first VISAA Division I state tournament appearance.

Moses, one of the players named to the magazine’s Two-Way Nine, provided steady defense behind the plate, hit .413 and posted a 0.66 ERA as coach Chris Warren’s club posted one of the best seasons in the history of Northern Virginia’s oldest program. He struck out nine over 6.2 innings as Episcopal pushed St. Albans before falling, 1-0, in the Interstate Athletic Conference semifinals, then he homered in a 4-2 loss to Collegiate in the state quarterfinals.

The other two-way standouts to joining Moses are four members of the NOVA Nine Team - Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green, the Player of the Year, as well as Battlefield’s Zach Agnos, Westfield’s Nick Lottchea and Potomac’s Braden Mack - along with Brentsville District’s Jake DeLisi, Jefferson’s Todd Hartman, Stafford’s Tucker Sullivan and Kettle Run’s Joe Vogatsky.

The magazine’s Auxiliary Nines are part of our NOVA Nine Team series honoring the top players from Northern Virginia. The series is sponsored by The St. James in Springfield.

Here’s a look at this year’s selections:

Zach Agnos, Battlefield - The Player of the Year in the Cedar Run District and in Region 6C and a two-time member of the NOVA Nine Team, the shortstop and right-handed pitcher hit .423 with 30 hits, eight doubles, two home runs and 23 RBI and was 7-3 with a 1.78 ERA and 67 strikeouts and 19 walks in 55 innings to lead the Bobcats to a district championship. Has signed to play at East Carolina University.

Jake DeLisi, Brentsville District - The co-Pitcher of the Year in the Northwestern District and Region 3B, the senior right-handed pitcher and shortstop went 8-2 with a save, a 1.42 ERA and 84 strikeouts to just 18 walks in 59 innings and hit .359 with 28 hits, eight doubles, three triples and 25 RBI as the Tigers won district and region titles and advanced to the Class 3 state semifinals. Will play at King University in Tennessee.

Todd Hartman, Jefferson - The Player of the Year in the National District and a first-team All-Region 5C selection, the first baseman and left-handed pitcher hit .507 with 36 hits - 13 that went for extra bases - and had five homers and 27 RBI while going 4-4 with a 1.42 ERA and 65 strikeouts to 26 walks in 29.2 innings.

Nick Lottchea, Westfield - The Concorde District Player of the Year, first-team All-Region 6D selection and member of the NOVA Nine Team, the outfielder hit .422 with a .505 on-base percentage, 35 hits, 10 doubles, two home runs, 27 RBI, 26 runs and 12 steals and was 9-1 with a 1.45 ERA and 42 strikeouts to 15 walks in 43.1 innings as the Bulldogs won district and region titles and advanced to the Class 6 state final.

Braden Mack, Potomac - A first-team All-Cardinal District and first-team All-Region 5D selection and member of the NOVA Nine Team, the catcher and right-handed pitcher hit .449 with a .552 on-base percentage, 31 hits and 25 RBI while going 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 47 strikeouts to seven walks in 35 innings as the Panthers won the district championship.

Lyle Miller-Green, Lake Braddock - The NOVA Nine Player of the Year earned the same honor in the Patriot District, Region 6C and on the Class 6 all-state team after leading the Bruins to a sweep of the district, region and state championships. He hit .435 with a .592 on-base percentage, 39 hits - 21 that went for extra bases - along with an area-high 12 home runs, 28 RBI, 39 runs and was hit by a pitch 14 times and walked 20 times, 12 of those intentionally. Finished with a program-record 20 career homers. On the mound, he went 6-0 with five saves, a 1.24 ERA and 91 strikeouts to 27 walks in 56.1 innings. Will play at George Mason University.

John Moses, Episcopal - A first-team All-VISAA Division I all-state selection, the senior catcher and pitcher hit .413 with a .516 on-base percentage, 31 hits, three home runs, 15 RBI and 16 steals while going 3-3 with two saves, a 0.66 ERA and 66 strikeouts to 26 walks in 42.1 innings while helping the Maroon earn its first state tournament appearance. Will play at the University of Rochester.

Tucker Sullivan, Stafford - A first-team All-Commonwealth District and second-team All-Region 5D selection, the shortstop and right-hander helped key the Indians’ postseason run and had the walk-off hit to win the Class 5 state championship game. He hit. 395 with a .528 on-base percentage, 32 hits, 18 RBI and 14 steals and was 6-2 with six saves, a 1.77 ERA and 45 strikeouts to 12 walks in 35.2 innings.

Joe Vogatsky, Kettle Run - The Player of the Year in the Northwestern District and in Region 4C, the right-handed pitcher and third baseman went 6-3 with three saves, a 2.24 ERA and 82 strikeouts to just 14 walks in 59.1 innings and hit .403 with a .495 on-base percentage, 31 hits, three homers and 21 RBI as the Cougars won the district title and advanced to the state tournament. Has committed to pitch for James Madison University.

Sponsor: This year’s NOVA Nine Team and Auxiliary Nines are sponsored by The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield. For more information, visit www.thestjames.co.

Photo of John Moses courtesy of Episcopal Baseball


Auxiliary Nines: Curley’s Command Made Him One of NOVA’s Nine Aces


June 23 - Jimmy Curley was a major reason West Potomac ended a 25-year league championship drought last year, and the senior right-hander was even better while leading the Wolverines to a second straight Gunston District title this spring.

Curley averaged 11.2 strikeouts per seven innings and walked just four batters all season, posting a 0.53 WHIP and limiting opposing hitters to a .123 batting average to earn a spot on the magazine’s 2019 Nine Aces. In his final two high school starts, he fired a three-hit shutout and had 15 strikeouts in a 9-0 win over T.C. Williams in the district final, then scattered four hits and had nine strikeouts in a complete game effort in a 4-1 region quarterfinal win over Robinson.

The other pitchers joining Curley on our Nine Aces are two members of the NOVA Nine Team, Westfield’s Joe Clancy and Stafford’s Mike Tolson, along with Riverside’s Gunner Canary, Patriot’s Riley Eikhoff, Marshall’s Robert Kelley, Woodgrove’s Nick Lockhart, Potomac’s Brody Mack and George Mason’s Jay Nesson.

The magazine’s Auxiliary Nines are part of our NOVA Nine Team series honoring the top players from Northern Virginia. The series is sponsored by The St. James in Springfield.

Here’s a look at this year’s selections:

Gunner Canary, Riverside - A first-team All-Dulles District and All-Region 4C selection, the senior right-hander set a program single-season record for victories while helping the Rams win district and region championships and advance to the Class 4 state final. He finished 12-2 with two saves, a 0.85 ERA, 82 strikeouts to 25 walks in 74.1 innings. Will attempt to walk on at Virginia Tech.

Joe Clancy, Westfield - The Pitcher of the Year in the Concorde District and in Region 6D, the senior right-hander anchored a pitching staff that set a state record with 16 shutouts and led the Bulldogs to district and region titles and to the Class 6 state final. He went 9-1 with a save, a 0.85 ERA and 114 strikeouts to 29 walks in 65.2 innings. Will pitch at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

Jimmy Curley, West Potomac - The Pitcher of the Year in the Gunston District and a first-team All-Region 6C selection, the senior right-hander helped the Wolverines win a second straight district championship and advance to the region semifinals before falling to eventual region and state champion Lake Braddock. He went 6-2 with a 0.81 ERA and 69 strikeouts to just four walks in 43 innings, limiting opposing hitters a .123 batting average. Has signed to pitch at High Point University.

Riley Eikhoff, Patriot - The Pitcher of the Year in the Cedar Run District and a first-team All-Region 6D selection, the junior right-hander helped the Pioneers reach the district final and region semifinals. He was 6-2 with a 2.18 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 47.2 innings, earning two wins against rival Battlefield and struck out 11 while permitting two unearned runs in a 2-0 loss to Centreville in the region semifinals. Has reopened his recruitment after initially committing to play at the University of Virginia.

Robert Kelley, Marshall - A first-team All-National District and first-team All-Region 6D pick, the junior right-hander led the Statesmen to their sixth consecutive league championship. He finished 7-2 with a 1.03 ERA and 90 strikeouts to 21 walks in 61 innings. Struck out 14 over 6.2 innings against Justice in the district final and tossed a three-hit shutout in the first round of regionals against Chantilly. Has committed to pitch at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

Nick Lockhart, Woodgrove - A first-team All-Dulles District and second-team All-Region 4C pick, the 6-foot-7 senior right-hander anchored the Wolverines’ staff again this spring. He went 6-3 with a 1.21 ERA and had 68 strikeouts to just 18 walks in 52 innings, and in his final high school start, struck out eight over 7.1 innings in a 1-0 extra-inning district semifinal loss to Loudoun County. Will decide between signing a professional contract after being selected in the 11th round by the Texas Rangers or pitching at Virginia Tech.

Brody Mack, Potomac - A first-team All-Cardinal District and first-team All-Region 5D selection, the senior left-handed pitcher followed up a NOVA Nine Team campaign in 2018 by helping the Panthers win the district championship. He went 8-2 with a 1.11 ERA and 71 strikeouts to just 18 walks in 69 innings and finished with 22 career victories. Will play at the College of William & Mary.

Jay Nesson, George Mason - The Player of the Year in the Bull Run District and a first-team All-Region 2B pick, the senior right-hander led the Mustangs to the district final and region semifinals while pacing the area in innings pitched. He finished 9-1 with a 0.62 ERA and 100 strikeouts to 21 walks in 79.2 innings. Will pitch at Washington College in Maryland.

Mike Tolson, Stafford - The Player of the Year in the Commonwealth District and Region 5D, the senior right-hander anchored the Indians’ deep staff as they swept the district, region and state championships. He went 10-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 94 strikeouts with 43 walks in 77 innings, tossing a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over rival North Stafford in the region quarterfinals and finishing with a program-record 22 wins. Will play at Western Carolina University.

Sponsor: This year’s NOVA Nine Team and Auxiliary Nines are sponsored by The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield. For more information, visit www.thestjames.co.

Photo of Jimmy Curley courtesy of West Potomac Baseball


Auxiliary Nines: Centreville’s Trinca Swings Way Onto Mag’s Loaded Junior Nine


June 23 - One of the most-feared hitters in one of the state’s top districts, Thomas Trinca provided a consistent presence in the middle of Centreville’s order as the Wildcats set a program record for victories and earned their first state tournament berth since 2003.

Trinca, who last month committed to play at George Mason University, hit .423 with 16 extra-base hits and helps lead our 2019 Junior Nine, a group that includes three members of the NOVA Nine Team - Colgan’s Ryley Johnson, Potomac’s Braden Mack and Potomac Falls’ Nate Savino.

Joining those four players are Bishop O’Connell two-way standout Eddie Eisert, Marshall’s Robert Kelley, Stafford’s Tucker Sullivan, Potomac’s Ben Thomas and Kettle Run’s Joe Vogatsky. Five of the nine players selected have made their college commitments, with Mack, Sullivan and Thomas as four of the area’s top uncommitted players entering the summer recruiting period.

The magazine’s Auxiliary Nines are part of our NOVA Nine Team series honoring the top players from Northern Virginia. The series is sponsored by The St. James in Springfield.

Here’s a look at this year’s selections:

Eddie Eisert, Bishop O’Connell - A two-time All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and VISAA Division I all-state selection, the shortstop and right-handed pitcher hit .432 with a .510 on-base percentage, 35 hits - 13 that went for extra bases - along with 18 RBI and 17 steals while going 1-2 with two saves, a 1.29 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. Has committed to play at N.C. State.

Ryley Johnson, Colgan - The Cardinal District Player of the Year, a first-team All-Region 6C selection and member of the NOVA Nine Team, the outfielder and right-handed pitcher hit .463 with a .610 on-base percentage, 32 runs, 31 hits, 19 RBI and 40 steals and was 2-1 with a save, a 0.33 ERA and 37 strikeouts to 20.1 innings. Has committed to play at East Carolina University.

Robert Kelley, Marshall - A first-team All-National District and first-team All-Region 6D pick, the right-hander finished 7-2 with a 1.03 ERA and 90 strikeouts to 21 walks in 61 innings. Struck out 14 over 6.2 innings against Justice in the district final and tossed a three-hit shutout in the first round of regionals against Chantilly. Has committed to pitch at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

Braden Mack, Potomac - A first-team All-Cardinal District and first-team All-Region 5D selection and member of the NOVA Nine Team, the catcher and right-handed pitcher hit .449 with a .552 on-base percentage, 31 hits and 25 RBI while going 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 47 strikeouts to seven walks in 35 innings as the Panthers won the district championship.

Nate Savino, Potomac Falls - A first-team All-Potomac District and first-team All-Region 5C pick and two-time member of the NOVA Nine Team, the left-hander and outfielder was 3-2 with a 0.70 ERA and 71 strikeouts to only nine walks in 35 innings while also hitting .353 with a .460 on-base percentage, 26 hits, seven doubles and eight RBI. Has committed to pitch at the University of Virginia.

Tucker Sullivan, Stafford - A first-team All-Commonwealth District and second-team All-Region 5D selection, the shortstop and right-hander helped key the Indians’ postseason run and had the walk-off hit to win the Class 5 state championship game. He hit. 395 with a .528 on-base percentage, 32 hits, 18 RBI and 14 steals and was 6-2 with six saves, a 1.77 ERA and 45 strikeouts to 12 walks in 35.2 innings.

Ben Thomas, Potomac - A first-team All-Potomac District and first-team All-Region 5D pick, the outfielder hit .515 with a .590 on-base percentage, 34 hits, eight doubles, 28 RBI and nine steals as the Panthers won the district championship.

Thomas Trinca, Centreville - A first-team All-Concorde District and first-team All-Region 6D selection, the outfielder hit .423 with a .484 on-base percentage, 33 hits, 11 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 16 RBI and nine steals as the Wildcats set a program record with 18 victories and advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2003. Has committed to play at George Mason University.

Joe Vogatsky, Kettle Run - The Player of the Year in the Northwestern District and in Region 4C, the right-handed pitcher and third baseman went 6-3 with three saves, a 2.24 ERA and 82 strikeouts to just 14 walks in 59.1 innings and hit .403 with a .495 on-base percentage, 31 hits, three homers and 21 RBI as the Cougars won the district title and advanced to the state tournament. Has committed to pitch for James Madison University.

Sponsor: This year’s NOVA Nine Team and Auxiliary Nines are sponsored by The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield. For more information, visit www.thestjames.co.

Photo of Centreville’s Thomas Trinca by Fred Ingham


Auxiliary Nines: Justice's Guerra, Kampschror Highlight Sophomore Nine


June 23 - Justice got a new name last summer, and this spring the Falls Church school’s baseball program continued its emergence largely behind the play of Nick Guerra and Dean Kampschror.

The Wolves’ tandem helps to highlight our 2019 Sophomore Nine after leading coach Randy Lightle’s club to 16 wins, an appearance in the National District final and second straight Region 6C Tournament berth.

Guerra topped all Northern Virginia players with 34 RBI while Kampschror, a University of Virginia recruit, posted 9.8 strikeouts per seven innings and a 1.51 ERA while driving in 20 runs at the plate. Both were first-team all-region selections.

Joining Guerra and Kampschror are Westfield’s Nick Lottchea, the lone sophomore named to the NOVA Nine Team, along with Freedom-South Riding’s Casey Cook, Yorktown’s Nathan Knowles, Stafford’s Elijah Lambros, Briar Woods’ Evan Smith, Madison’s Collin Tuft and Forest Park’s Nathan Williams.

The magazine’s Auxiliary Nines are part of our NOVA Nine Team series honoring the top players from Northern Virginia. The series is sponsored by The St. James in Springfield.

Here’s a look at this year’s selections:

Casey Cook, Freedom-South Riding - A first-team All-Potomac District and first-team All-Region 5C pick, the shortstop and right-hander hit .465 with a .545 with 20 hits, 14 RBI and 10 stolen bases before an injury cut his season short. Has committed to play at the University of North Carolina.

Nick Guerra, Justice - A first-team All-National District and first-team All-Region 6C selection, the second baseman batted .411 with a 465 on-base percentage, 30 hits, nine doubles, two home runs and 34 RBI as the Wolves advanced to the region quarterfinals.

Nathan Knowles, Yorktown - A first-team All-Liberty District and first-team All-Region 6D selection, the right-hander went 5-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 70 strikeouts to just 13 walks in 41 innings. Beat a then-undefeated and top-ranked Battlefield team over spring break in South Carolina and suffered his lone loss to eventual region champion Westfield in the regional quarterfinals.

Dean Kampschror, Justice - A first-team All-National District and first-team All-Region 6C pick, the two-way standout was 3-2 with a save, a 1.51 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 37 innings and hit .370 with a .505 on-base percentage, 29 runs, 27 hits, seven doubles, three homers and 20 RBI. Has committed to pitch at the University of Virginia.

Elijah Lambros, Stafford - A first-team All-Commonwealth District and first-team All-Region 5D selection, the outfielder hit .427 with 41 hits, 5 doubles, four triples, 18 RBI and 17 steals as the Indians swept the district, region and Class 5 state championships.

Nick Lottchea, Westfield - The Concorde District Player of the Year, first-team All-Region 6D selection and member of the NOVA Nine Team, the outfielder hit .422 with a .505 on-base percentage, 35 hits, 10 doubles, two home runs, 27 RBI, 26 runs and 12 steals and was 9-1 with a 1.45 ERA and 42 strikeouts to 15 walks in 43.1 innings as the Bulldogs won district and region titles and advanced to the Class 6 state final.

Evan Smith, Briar Woods - A first-team All-Potomac District and All-Region 5C pick, the second baseman hit .435 with a .593 on-base percentage, 27 hits, eight doubles, two triples, 21 RBI and 11 steals as the Falcons won the district championship. Has committed to play at West Virginia University.

Collin Tuft, Madison - A first-team All-Concorde District and first-team AllRegion 6D selection, the outfielder hit .418 with 23 hits, four doubles, a homer and 15 RBI for the Warhawks. Has committed to play at the University of Virginia.

Nathan Williams, Forest Park - A first-team All-Cardinal District and first-team All-Region 6C selection, Williams went 5-0 with a 1.05 ERA and 41 strikeouts to 13 walks in 34.1 innings as the Bruins advanced to the regional semifinals.

Sponsor: This year’s NOVA Nine Team and Auxiliary Nines are sponsored by The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield. For more information, visit www.thestjames.co.

Photos of Nick Guerra, left, and Dean Kampschror, right, courtesy of Justice Athletics


Auxiliary Nines: Stieg, Shepard Lead NOVA’s Freshmen Nine


June 22 - Griffin Stieg and A.J. Shepard don’t look like high school freshmen, and they didn’t play like first-year prep players this spring either.

McLean’s Stieg and Osbourn Park’s Shepard lead our 2019 Freshman Nine after settling into the middle of the order for their respective clubs and earning first-team All-Region 6D honors.

Stieg, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound outfielder who committed to Virginia Tech, hit .439 with and was among the area’s leaders with 36 hits while helping the Highlanders win the Liberty District championship. Shepard, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound catcher who committed over the winter to play at Indiana, hit .473 with five home runs and 22 RBI - two of those homers coming in the Yellow Jackets’ regional game against Yorktown.

Joining Stieg and Shepard are Stafford pitcher Gunther Braendel, whose relief work in the Class 5 state semifinals helped propel the Indians to the state title, as well as Colgan shortstop Brandon Cassedy, Potomac outfielder Matt Drumgold, Paul VI Catholic left-hander Bradley Gagen and shortstop Aidan McDonald, and Patriot first baseman Eli Serrano and outfielder Kyle Vandenburg.

The magazine’s Auxiliary Nines are part of our NOVA Nine Team series honoring the top players from Northern Virginia. The series is sponsored by The St. James in Springfield.

Here’s a look at this year’s selections:

Gunther Braendel, Stafford - The right-hander took advantage of his opportunities on a deep pitching staff, going 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 22.1 innings over his five appearances (three starts) as the Indians swept their way to Commonwealth District, Region 5D and Class 5 state championships.

Brandon Cassedy, Colgan - A first-team All-Cardinal District selection, the shortstop hit .344 with 21 hits and 11 RBI and committed just six errors this spring for the Sharks.

Matt Drumgold, Potomac - A second-team All-Cardinal District selection, the outfielder hit .333 with 19 hits, five doubles, 18 RBI and eight steals as the Panthers won the district championship.

Bradley Gagen, Paul VI Catholic - The left-hander posted an impressive rookie campaign, going 3-2 with a save, a 2.33 ERA and 38 strikeouts to 14 walks in 30 innings over his nine appearances. Has committed to pitch at the University of Virginia.

Aidan McDonald, Paul VI Catholic - Was inserted as the Panthers’ starting shortstop and responded with an impressive first prep season, hitting .329 with 28 hits, eight doubles, 11 RBI and eight steals.

Eli Serrano, Patriot - A second-team All-Cedar Run District pick, the left-handed swinging first baseman hit .393 with 24 hits, six doubles, 16 RBI and had a .526 on-base percentage.

A.J. Shepard, Osbourn Park - A first-team All-Cedar Run District and first-team All-Region 6D selection, the catcher hit .473 with 26 hits, five home runs and 22 RBI and had 24 stolen bases. Has committed to play at Indiana University.

Griffin Stieg, McLean - A first-team All-Liberty District and first-team All-Region 6D pick, the outfielder hit .439 with 36 hits - 10 that went for extra bases - and 17 RBI as the Highlanders won the district title. Has committed to play at Virginia Tech.

Kyle Vandenburg, Patriot - A first-team All-Cedar Run District and second-team All-Region 6D selection, the outfielder hit .357 with a .457 on-base percentage, 20 hits - seven that went for extra bases - and 18 RBI.

Sponsor: This year’s NOVA Nine Team and Auxiliary Nines are sponsored by The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield. For more information, visit www.thestjames.co.

Photo of McLean’s Griffin Stieg by Julia McElligott


Pro Notebook: Dodgers’ Sborz Makes MLB Debut, Then Put on 10-Day Injured List


June 22 - A day after making his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers, former McLean High School standout Josh Sborz was placed on the 10-day injured list yesterday.

In Thursday’s 9-8 win over the San Francisco Giants, Sborz came on in relief in the eighth inning and retired Tyler Austin, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt in order. His second inning didn’t go as well, as he was replaced after giving up a two-run double to Brandon Crawford and was charged for three runs before Kenley Jensen came on to get the final three outs and earn the save.

Los Angeles put Sborz on the 10-day injured list yesterday with lower back soreness.

Sborz, 26, is in his fifth professional season since being drafted in the second round by the Dodgers in 2015. He was the Most Outstanding Player after helping Virginia win the College World Series that June. At McLean, he was named The Washington Post’s All-Met Player of the Year in 2012.

MLB Draft Update: 10 of 11 Area Draftees Have Signed Pro Contracts

Three weeks since the conclusion of the Major League Baseball Draft, 10 of the 11 area players who were taken have signed professional contracts and many have joined minor league clubs with their respective organizations.

Logan Driscoll (Lake Braddock), who became the highest-ever pick from George Mason when the catcher was taken 73rd overall by the San Diego Padres, inked a $600,000 signing bonus and has joined the Tri-City Dust Devils of the short-season Single-A Northwest League.

Two area players taken in the fourth round, outfielder Brenton Doyle (Kettle Run) and left-handed pitcher Jake Agnos (Battlefield), have also reported. Doyle signed a $500,000 bonus with Colorado and is off to a blazing start with the advanced rookie-level Grand Junction Rockies, hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two home runs and seven RBI though his first five games. Agnos inked a $411,500 bonus with the New York Yankees and has reported to their spring training complex in Tampa, FL.

Fifth-round pick Conor Grammes (McLean) signed with Arizona for $300,000 earlier this week and the right-hander is expected to receive his assignment soon. Right-handers Sam Ryan (Fairfax) and Jared DiCesare (Chantilly), who were taken by Toronto in the 12th and 17th rounds, respectively, have both signed and reported to the Blues Jays’ spring training facility in Dunedin, FL.

Others who have signed and received rookie-ball assignments include: right-hander Kevin Kelly (Paul VI Catholic), a 19th round pick of Cleveland who has reported to one of their Arizona League affiliates; right-hander Jamie Sara (West Potomac), a 25th round selection by Philadelphia who is with one of their affiliates in the Gulf Coast League; right-hander Charlie Hall (Forest Park), a 33rd round pick by Oakland who is with the A’s Arizona League club; and left-hander Carter Bach (Centreville), a 34th round pick by Tampa By who has joined their Appalachian League affiliate in Princeton, W.V.

The area’s lone high school senior taken in the draft, Woodgrove pitcher Nick Lockhart, has not signed with Texas after being selected in the 11th round. Wolverines coach Rusty Smith said earlier today that Lockhart plans to make his decision whether to sign or pitch at Virginia Tech in the next few days.

Lachance Signs Minor League Deal with Diamondbacks

Kevin Lachance (Centreville) earlier this month signed a minor league free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, completing a journey back to affiliated ball after the former Dodgers draft pick spent the past year-plus playing in the independent Frontier League.

Lachance, 24, has been assigned to the Missoula Osprey of the advanced rookie-level Pioneer League after the Diamondbacks purchased his contract from the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association. He was hitting .372 with a .509 on-base percentage, two homers and seven RBI in 13 games with Winnipeg.

The middle infielder was a 10th round pick by Los Angeles out of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, but a shoulder injury prevented him from making his pro debut until 2017. He hit .258 in 50 games in rookie ball that year, then hit .267 in 37 games with Lake Erie during his indy ball stint last year.

Sponsor: The magazine’s Pro Notebook is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. For more information on the Blue Crabs, visit their website at www.somdbluecrabs.com.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Josh Sborz by Keith Birmingham via Pasadena Star-News, Brenton Doyle courtesy of KKCO in Colorado Springs, and Kevin Lachance courtesy of the Winnipeg Goldeyes


Prep Notebook: Westfield’s Clancy Named 3rd-Team ABCA/Rawlings All-America


June 21 - Senior right-hander Joe Clancy, who led Westfield to the Concorde District and Region 6D championships and to the Class 6 state final, was named earlier this week as a third-team ABCA/Rawlings All-America selection.

Clancy, who will pitch next year at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, went 9-1 with a save, a 0.85 ERA and 114 strikeouts to just 29 walks in 65.2 innings as the Bulldogs (24-4) had one of the best seasons in the program’s 20-year history. He anchored a pitching staff that set a state record with 16 shutouts and also hit .318 with a .511 on-base percentage, four home runs and 18 RBI.

“Obviously, I’m very thankful,” Clancy said. “A little surprised. Looking at the list of the guys that were on there, it was a huge honor with a lot of big names.”

Clancy was the only Virginia player named to any of the three teams and the first from the state to be honored since Langley’s Danny Hosley was also a third-team selection in 2017.

Tolson Named Free-Lance Star’s All-Area Player of the Year

Stafford’s Mike Tolson has been honored by the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star as their All-Area Player of the Year, the publication announced today.

The Indians’ senior, a member of the magazine’s NOVA Nine Team and the Class 5 State Player of the Year, went 10-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 94 strikeouts to 43 walks in 77 innings. He tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over rival North Stafford in the Region 5D quarterfinals, then went five innings to earn the decision in a 3-1 win over Orange County in the region semifinals and a 5-0 win over Broad Run in the Class 5 state quarterfinals.

Stafford (24-3) would go on to beat Mills Godwin, 4-3, on Tucker Sullivan’s walk-off single to claim the program’s first state title.

Tolson, who will play at Western Carolina University, had a midseason slump at the plate but still managed to drive in 16 runs and had several key hits during the Indians’ postseason run. He finished his career with a school-record 22 victories.

Stafford’s Tommy Harrison was named the publication’s Coach of the Year, while Indians outfielders Ethan Lambros and Caleb McAlister and two-way standout Tucker Sullivan joined Tolson as first-team All-Area selections. Other Northern Virginia players chosen as first-team picks were Mountain View’s Andrew Neff, Spotsylvania’s Trevor Croson, North Stafford’s Owen Ledford and Colonial Forge’s Aiden Tierney.

To read the Free-Lance Star’s story on Tolson, click here. And to view the publication’s All-Area teams, click here.

Riverbend’s Sciandra Steps Down After 3 Seasons

Angelo Sciandra stepped down earlier this week after three seasons as the head coach at Riverbend, the magazine has confirmed.

“I don’t feel I can give time that the program deserves,” wrote Sciandra, whose wife recently had a baby, in a text message on Wednesday. “The players made it extremely enjoyable. I loved doing it and coaching the players about baseball, but more importantly, about life.”

After serving as Bears’ pitching coach for two seasons under former coach Stephen Morin, Sciandra was promoted prior to the 2017 season. He was 21-44 over his three seasons. This spring, Riverbend went 7-15, upsetting a 15-win Thomas Dale team in the Region 6B quarterfinals before falling to eventual region champion James River, 7-6, in extra innings in the semifinals.

The vacancy at the Fredericksburg school is the fourth in Northern Virginia, joining the openings at Champe, Herndon and Stone Bridge.

Miller-Green Named PBR’s Virginia/D.C. Player of the Year

Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green continues to pile up postseason honors after leading the Bruins to the Class 6 state championship.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior outfielder and right-handed pitcher was named earlier this week as Prep Baseball Report’s Virginia/D.C. Player of the Year after hitting .435 with 12 home runs and 28 RBI and going 6-0 with five saves, a 1.24 ERA and 91 strikeouts to 27 walks in 56.1 innings. Miller-Green also earned Player of the Year for the magazine’s NOVA Nine Team, The Washington Post’s All-Met Team, the Patriot District, in Region 6C, and the Class 6 all-state team.

He has signed as a two-way player with George Mason University.

Other area players joining Miller-Green as first-team PBR selections were Battlefield senior shortstop and right-hander Zach Agnos, Stone Bridge senior outfielder Paul Moore, Battlefield senior outfielder Craig Miles, Westfield senior right-hander Joe Clancy and Potomac Falls junior lefty Nate Savino. Agnos, Clancy and Savino each joined Miller-Green as NOVA Nine Team selections.

To view each of PBR’s three postseason teams, click here.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Westfield’s Joe Clancy by Fred Ingham, Stafford’s Mike Tolson courtesy of Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, and Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green by Gregg Zelkin


Thomas, Miller-Green Headline 2019 NOVA Nine Team


June 16 - The fifth annual NOVA Nine Team, sponsored by The St. James in Springfield, has been announced and its headlined this year by Coach of the Year John Thomas and Player of the Year Lyle Miller-Green.

Thomas and Miller-Green, along with NOVA Nine selection Bobby Leitzel, led Lake Braddock to the VHSL Class 6 state championship last week. The Bruins won 26 games - tied for the third-most in Northern Virginia public school history - and won the Region 6C championship before going on to claim the second state title in program history.

Joining Miller-Green and Leitzel on the team are Stafford’s Mike Tolson, who led Stafford to the Class 5 state title, as well as Battlefield’s Zach Agnos, Westfield’s Joe Clancy and Nick Lottchea, Colgan’s Ryley Johnson, Potomac’s Braden Mack and Potomac Falls’ Nate Savino.

The Coach of the Year and players selected to the NOVA Nine Team are chosen from the magazine’s 41-member selection committee consisting of head coaches and media members from our coverage area of 85 high schools in Northern Virginia.

Here is a look at each member of this year’s team:

 

Coach of the Year
John Thomas, Lake Braddock
- Led the Bruins (26-3) to the second state championship in program history in his first season at the helm after spending the previous four seasons as the pitching coach under former skipper Jody Rutherford. Lake Braddock won its first seven games, had a nine-game winning streak before falling to West Springfield in the Patriot District final, then rebounded to win its final seven games - avenging the loss to the Spartans in the Region 6C final, then dispatching of Centreville, James River and Westfield to win the Class 6 state title. Thomas is 134-56 in his eight seasons as a high school coach.

 

Player of the Year
Lyle Miller-Green, Senior, Lake Braddock
- Posted a monster season at the plate and on the mound while leading the Bruins to the Region 6C and Class 6 state championships. Was named the Player of the Year in the Patriot District, Region 6C and on The Washington Post’s All-Met Team, hitting .435 with a .592 on-base percentage, 39 hits - 21 that went for extra bases - along with an area-high 12 home runs, 28 RBI and 39 runs. Miller-Green was hit by a pitch 14 times and walked 20 times, 12 of those intentionally. Finished with a program-record 20 career homers. On the mound, he went 6-0 with five saves, a 1.24 ERA and 91 strikeouts to 27 walks in 56.1 innings. Will play at George Mason University.

 

Zach Agnos, Senior, Battlefield - A returning member from the 2018 NOVA Nine Team, Agnos was named the Player of the Year in the Cedar Run District and Region 6D. He hit .423 with 30 hits, eight doubles, two home runs and 23 RBI and was 7-3 with a 1.78 ERA and 67 strikeouts and 19 walks in 55 innings. A four-year starter who eclipsed 100 career hits and he will follow his brother Jake, a two-time NOVA Nine selection and the 2016 Player of the Year, in playing at East Carolina University.

 

Joe Clancy, Senior, Westfeld - The ace for a staff that combined for a state-record 16 shutouts, Clancy finished 9-1 with a save, a 0.85 ERA and 114 strikeouts to 29 walks in 65.2 innings and earned Region 6D Pitcher of the Year honors. He also hit .318 with a .511 on-base percentage, four home runs and 18 RBI as the Bulldogs won the Concorde District and region championships and advanced to the Class 6 state final. Will pitch at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.

 

Ryley Johnson, Junior, Colgan - One of the state’s best defensive outfielders, Johnson hit .463 with a .610 on-base percentage, 31 hits, 32 runs, eight extra-base hits, 19 RBI and 40 stolen bases en route to Cardinal District Player of the Year and first-team All-Region 6C honors. He also went 2-1 with a save, a 0.33 ERA and 37 strikeouts to six walks in 20.1 innings. Has committed to play at East Carolina University.

 

Bobby Leitzel, Senior, Lake Braddock - The Robin to Lyle Miller-Green’s Batman, the left-handed swinging shortstop slid seamlessly into the middle of the Bruins’ lineup as they won Region 6C and Class 6 state championships. Leitzel hit .413 with a .465 on-base percentage, an area-high 43 hits, 25 runs, seven triples, 31 RBI and 21 stolen bases to earn first-team All-Region 6C honors. Will play at Marymount University.

 

Nick Lottchea, Sophomore, Westfield - Exploded onto the scene this spring, excelling as the Bulldogs’ leadoff man, defensive anchor in center field and No. 2 starter on a staff that set a state record with 16 shutouts. Lottchea, the Concorde District Player of the Year and a first-team All-Region 6D selection, stuffed the stat sheet both at the plate and on the mound. He hit .422 with a .505 on-base percentage, 35 hits, 10 doubles, two home runs, 27 RBI, 26 runs and 12 steals and the southpaw was 9-1 with a 1.45 ERA and 42 strikeouts to 15 walks in 43.1 innings as Westfield won its first district title since 2010 and region title since 2004 before falling to Lake Braddock in the Class 6 state final.

 

Braden Mack, Junior, Potomac - After his older brother, Brody, earned NOVA Nine Team honors last year, it was the versatile younger brother’s turn to emerge this spring. The Panthers’ catcher hit .449 with a .542 on-base percentage, 31 hits, five doubles, 25 RBI and 26 runs for the Cardinal District champions. When not behind the plate, he took the mound and went 6-1 with a save, a 0.79 ERA and 47 strikeouts to just seven walks in 35 innings. Was a first-team All-Region 5D selection.

 

Nate Savino, Junior, Potomac Falls - A returning member of the NOVA Nine Team, the left-hander picked up where he left off last spring by striking out 18 in a one-hitter against Riverside in his first start this season. He’d finish 3-2 with a 0.60 ERA and 71 strikeouts to just nine walks in 35 innings before being shut down to be rested for a summer that will be spent with the USA Baseball U-18 National Team and in Major League Baseball’s Prospect Development Pipeline League. Virginia’s Gatorade State Player of the Year also hit .353 with a .460 on-base percentage 26 hits, 10 extra-base hits, eight RBI and 20 runs. Has committed to pitch for the University of Virginia.

 

Mike Tolson, Senior, Stafford - The Indians’ ace led his team to Region 5D and Class 5 state championships, going 10-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 94 strikeouts with 43 walks in 77 innings. Tolson was named the Commonwealth District Player of the Year and a first-team all-region selection. Played third base when not on the mound, hitting .198 with a .287 on-base percentage, 17 hits and 16 RBI. Will play at Western Carolina University.

Sponsor: The 2019 NOVA Nine Team is sponsored by The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield. For more information, visit www.thestjames.co.

Photos of players by Fred Ingham


North to Field Versatile Roster at Next Month's Virginia Commonwealth Games


June 18 - North team coach Mike Covington has finalized his roster for next month’s Virginia Commonwealth Games, and he’ll have plenty of options with a club featuring a number of two-way players.

“I think the group that we got is pretty athletic, and I think we’re gonna hit,” said Covington, the Potomac coach who has skippered the North in each of the 30 years the Games have been held. He has led them to championships at the weekend-long tournament in eight of the past nine years.

The North team has three returning players from last summer’s Games, Bishop O’Connell infielder and right-hander Eddie Eisert, Highland School shortstop and right-hander Blake Fisher, and Briar Woods catcher Nathan Cmeyla. Eisert, an N.C. State recruit, hit .432 with 13 extra-base hits, 18 RBI and 17 steals and recorded 23 strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA in 16.1 innings en route to first-team VISAA Division I all-state honors this spring.

Fisher hit .380 with three homers and 21 RBI and was 6-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 42.2 innings, earning first-team VISAA Division II all-state honors while helping the Hawks reach the state final. Cmeyla hit .338 with 14 RBI and helped the Falcons win the Potomac District championship.

Joining Eisert and Fisher in the infield will be James Triantos, a McLean resident who has committed to play at North Carolina and was a first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post following his freshman campaign at St. John’s (D.C.). Triantos hit .495 with 39 RBI and was 6-0 with a 0.44 ERA for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions.

South Lakes’ Ryan Dooley, a Virginia Military Institute recruit who hit .397 with a .531 on-base percentage while playing much of the season after breaking his hand, can play either of the middle infield positions and also in the outfield. South County’s Tre Williams, who hit .411 and posted a 1.88 ERA in 26 innings this spring, will be the team’s first baseman.

The outfield will consist of Westfield’s Nick Lottchea, the Concorde District Player of the Year, along with Centreville’s Thomas Trinca and Potomac’s Ben Thomas. Lottchea hit .422 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI and 12 steals and was 9-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 43.1 innings while helping the Bulldogs win the Region 6D title and advance to the Class 6 state final. Trinca, who has committed to play at George Mason, hit .423 with 16 extra-base hits, 16 RBI and nine steals, while Thomas hit .515 with 28 RBI and nine steals.

Potomac’s Braden Mack and Page County’s Tristan Gordon will join Cmeyla as the catchers. Mack was the Cardinal District Player of the Year after hitting .449 with 25 RBI and going 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 47 strikeouts to seven walks in 35 innings, and Gordon hit .486 with 10 homers and 32 RBI.

“We’ve got a lot of versatility, and I’ll be able to move guys around,” Covington said of a group that features eight two-way players.

Eisert, Fisher, Triantos, Williams, Lottchea and Mack are all options on a pitching staff headlined by Page County left-hander T.R. Williams, a first-team Class 2 all-state pick who has committed to Virginia Tech, and Kettle Run’s Joe Vogatsky, a James Madison recruit who was the Region 4C Player of the Year.

Williams has posted gaudy numbers over his first two prep campaigns, totaling 20 wins, a 1.08 ERA and 276 strikeouts to just 32 walks over 148.2 innings. He was also a first-team all-state pick as a first baseman after hitting .375 with four homers and 21 RBI. Vogatsky was 6-3 with a 2.24 ERA and 82 strikeouts to just 14 walks in 59.1 innings this spring, and he also hit .403 with three homers and 21 RBI. He’ll be an option at both corner infield positions when not on the mound.

“I’m a little bit nervous about not having a couple more left-handed pitchers and another big left-handed bat,” Covington said. “But I’ve got a couple wild cards on the mound that, if they have a good weekend, it could be very special.”

Covington could be referring to the trio of McLean’s Teddy Merritt, who was 5-1 with a 3.02 ERA while helping the Highlanders to the Liberty District championship; Yorktown’s Nathan Knowles, who went 5-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 70 strikeouts to 13 walks in 41 innings; and Riverside’s Wyatt Shenkman, who was 5-1 with a 3.40 ERA while helping the Rams win the Dulles District and Region 4C titles and advance to the Class 4 state final.

“Merritt could go out there and be 83-85 [MPH], or he could be 88-90 and if it’s a day where he’s synched up, he can be pretty darn good,” Covington said.

The Games are held at Liberty University from July 19-21. The North team opens that Friday night at 8:30 p.m. against the East, then will play the West and Central on Saturday. The medal games are held on Sunday.

Photos of, from left, Highland School’s Blake Fisher, Bishop O’Connell’s Eddie Eisert and Potomac coach Mike Covington by Joey Kamide

Note: Roster views as table on desktop or if mobile device is held horizontally.

North Team Roster 2019 Virginia Commonwealth Games
Name School Class B T Positions
Nathan Cmeyla Briar Woods 2020 R R C/MIF
Ryan Dooley South Lakes 2020 L R MIF/OF
Eddie Eisert Bishop O'Connell 2020 S R IF/RHP
Blake Fisher Highland School 2020 L R MIF/RHP
Tristan Gordon Page County 2020 R R C
Nathan Knowles Yorktown 2021 R R RHP
Nick Lottchea Westfield 2021 L L OF/LHP
Braden Mack Potomac 2020 R R C/RHP
Teddy Merritt McLean 2020 R R RHP
Wyatt Shenkman Riverside 2021 R R RHP
Ben Thomas Potomac 2020 R R OF
Thomas Trinca Centreville 2020 R R OF
James Triantos St. John's (D.C.) 2022 R R MIF/RHP
Joe Vogatsky Kettle Run 2020 R R RHP/IF
T.R. Williams Page County 2021 L L LHP/IF/OF
Tre Williams South County 2020 R R IF/RHP
north team roster: Virginia Commonwealth Games

State Champion Bruins, Indians Top Season’s Final Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll


June 18 - Two area state champions top the final Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.

No. 1 Lake Braddock (26-3) received 37 of 41 first-place votes and had 406 points while No. 2 Stafford (24-3) got the remaining four first-place votes and 363 points from the magazine’s 41-member selection committee.

On Friday, the Bruins defeated James River, 9-6, in the Class 6 state semifinals before holding off then-No. 1 Westfield, 6-2, to claim the Burke school’s second state title under first-year head coach John Thomas. The Bulldogs (24-4) finished No. 3, receiving 337 points after reaching its first state final since 2004.

The Lake Braddock-Westfield showdown marked the third time in five years that two Northern Virginia teams have met in the Class 6 state final.

The Indians (24-3) capped their memorable season in dramatic fashion, beating Hickory, 11-10, in walk-off fashion in the Class 5 state semifinals and then beating Mills Godwin, 4-3, in the final on Tucker Sullivan’s walk-off single. Coach Tommy Harrison’s club won the first state championship in program history.

No. 4 Riverside (18-8) and No. 5 Brentsville District flipped positions this week after heartbreaking endings to their respective seasons.

The Rams, who received 245 points, advanced to the Class 4 state final but fell to Lafayette, 7-6, on a game-ending error. It was the fourth-year program’s second state final berth in four years. The Tigers (21-4) reached the Class 3 state semifinals for a second straight year but lost to eventual champion Fluvanna County, 5-4, on a walk-off home run. They got 244 points.

The final five spots remained the same. No. 6 Centreville (18-9) received 194 points and was followed by No. 7 Patriot (17-5) with 141 points, No. 8 Battlefield (18-5) with 128 points, No. 9 Briar Woods (20-5) with 87 points and No. 10 Highland School (20-5) with 51 points.

Also receiving votes were the following teams: Potomac (24), Colonial Forge (12), Madison (8), Stone Bridge (7), West Springfield (5), Broad Run (2) and West Potomac (1).

Sponsor: The Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll is sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria. For more information on the academy visit www.primetimebaseball.co.

Photos of Lake Braddock coach John Thomas, top, by Gregg Zelkin and of Stafford coach Tommy Harrison, bottom, by Michael Greene