August 13 - Virginia Tech continued to add to an already impressive 2021 recruiting haul with last week’s addition of Stafford outfielder Elijah Lambros.
As a sophomore this spring, Lambros earned first-team Class 5 all-state honors after helping the Indians go 24-3 and win the program’s first state championship. He hit .427 with a team-high 41 hits - including five doubles and four triples - and 18 RBI. He led the Indians in steals (17) and runs scored (25) and struck out just eight times in 108 plate appearances.
The day after winning the state title, Stafford coach Tommy Harrison said Lambros was back at the field, hitting in the batting cage.
“He put up some great numbers and he’s getting better and better,” Harrison said. “He’s got speed, an arm, range in the outfield. He goes gap-to-gap and he can throw guys out at the plate.”
Lambros joins a Virginia Tech class that includes Page County left-hander T.R. Williams, Ocean Lakes infielder Carson DeMartini and Amherst infielder Christian Martin. All three are rated among Prep Baseball Report’s top 10 recruits in the ‘21 class in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The Indians’ 6-foot-1, 190-pound leadoff man, who plays in the offseason with the Richmond Braves travel program, has been reportedly clocked as low as 6.40 in the 60-yard-dash and as high as 90 MPH on throws from the outfield. Harrison credits the Hokies coaching staff for landing a talent that had begun to garner the attention of Top 25 programs and he feels could one day be a draft pick.
“He’s got tools that you can’t teach,” Harrison said. “He finds the barrel no matter what the pitch is, and that impresses me and I think it’s impressed everybody else.
“He’s a great kid and he wants to perform at a high level.”
Savino’s Busy Summer Continues in California
Nate Savino started and struck out two in his scoreless inning at the Perfect Game All-American Classic on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.
The Potomac Falls left-hander had his fastball reach 95 MPH and his slider “was one of the better pitches of the night, getting a number of swings and misses on the offering,” Perfect Game wrote on its game recap.
Savino’s busy summer has also included appearances in Major League Baseball’s Prospect Development Pipeline League in Florida, the High School All-Star Game as part of MLB’s All-Star festivities in Cleveland, and the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He is now in Irvine, CA for the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials.
A two-time NOVA Nine Team member, Savino is Perfect Game’s No. 4-rated recruit nationally in the Class of 2020. The southpaw, who has committed to Virginia but is expected to be taken early in next year’s MLB Draft, has totaled 180 strikeouts to 32 walks and compiled a 0.73 ERA in 86.1 innings over the past two seasons at Potomac Falls.
Savino plays in the offseason with the Diamond Elite travel program.
George Mason Lands 1st ‘21 Recruit in Battlefield’s Baird
Battlefield pitcher Jackson Baird became George Mason’s first commitment from the 2021 class, as the 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander announced his decision via Twitter on Aug. 3.
Baird was 3-0 with a 1.68 ERA and had 27 strikeouts to seven walks in 20.1 innings as the Bobcats went 18-5 and won the Cedar Run District championship before falling to Westfield in the Region 6D semifinals. He also hit .268 with 12 RBI.
“[He] really pitched well and a lot towards the end,” Battlefield coach Jay Burkhart wrote this morning.
This summer, Baird’s recruiting stock quickly rose while with his Marucci Stars travel team and he had his fastball clocked as high as 88 MPH on the showcase circuit. He recorded nine strikeouts to just one walk over 7.2 scoreless innings in his two outings at the Perfect Game WWBA 16U National Championship last month.
At George Mason, his pitching coach will be Shawn Camp, who served in the same capacity at Battlefield from 2015-19. The Patriots went 19-35 overall and 5-19 in the Atlantic-10 Conference this past spring under longtime coach Bill Brown.
Photos, clockwise from left, of Stafford’s Elijah Lambros by Kurt Steigerwald, Potomac Falls’ Nate Savino courtesy of Perfect Game, and Battlefield’s Jackson Baird by Fred Ingham