College Notebook: Camp Settles in As Mason’s Pitching Coach

October 17 - Shawn Camp is no stranger to Raymond H. “Hap” Spuhler Field, the home park of George Mason. It’s there where he set the program record for strikeouts per nine innings from 1995-97 before an 11-year career as a Major League reliever.

Now, Camp has returned to ‘The Hap’ as the Patriots’ pitching coach, and the early returns have been good. 

“It’s been great having him around. He’s made a huge, positive impact on our staff,” said Lyle Miller-Green, a freshman from Lake Braddock who will pitch and play first base. “Camp has brought so much knowledge, not only the staff but to the entire team So everyone is pumped that he’s here.”

Camp takes over pitching coach duties from Brian Pugh, who is now the program’s recruiting coordinator and third base coach. He joined coach Bill Brown’s staff after spending his first five years post-retirement as the pitching coach at Battlefield, where he helped develop eight college pitchers, including four who went on to pitch at the Division I level. 

“The impact Shawn has, not just from the standpoint with his expertise in teaching pitching, but is the aura that comes with him,” Brown said. “The energy, the fun that comes with him, not only does that rub off on our kids but it impacts recruiting as well. And we’ve seen that already.”

JMU Releases Schedule, Will Face Mason in Consecutive Weeks in April

James Madison last week released its 2020 schedule, which includes games against three teams that made the NCAA Tournament and its annual home-and-home series with in-state rival George Mason. 

The Dukes, which went 31-26 last spring in coach Marlin Ikenberry’s fourth season, open their season with a three-game series at N.C. State from Feb. 14-16. They’ll open at home the following weekend against Quinnipiac, the reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion. 

James Madison’s schedule includes 10 games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents - three-game series against the Wolfpack and at Pittsburgh and midweek games against Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. They’ll play a home-and-home with the Terrapins. The Dukes’ two games against George Mason are on Apr. 8 in Fairfax and Apr. 14 in Harrisonburg. 

Their 2020 roster includes eight players from Northern Virginia, including the following returners: right-hander Nick Stewart (Rock Ridge), left-hander Liam McDonnell (Paul VI Catholic), catchers Kyle Hayes (Madison) and Michael Morgan (Paul VI Catholic), infielders Fox Semones (C.D. Hylton) and Kyle Novak (Madison) and first baseman Brady Harju; and the following incoming freshmen: lefty Donovan Burke (Loudoun County) and catcher Ethan Rothstein (Robinson). 

ECU’s Agnos Shines in Scrimmages in Charlottesville

Zach Agnos (Battlefield), a two-time NOVA Nine Team selection, appears to be primed to have an impact as a two-way player during his freshman season this spring at East Carolina. 

The shortstop and right-hander had a single and a double in the Pirates’ first game against Virginia on Sunday in Charlottesville, then had his fastball reach 91 MPH when he took the mound for a couple relief innings in the second contest. Agnos is following his older brother, Jake, a left-hander who earned All-American honors at East Carolina last spring before being taken in the fourth round by the New York Yankees in June’s Major League Baseball Draft. 

“Good news, ECU fans. You may have lost an Agnos, but you gained an Agnos too, and this one is gonna be very good,” D1Baseball’s Aaron Fitt tweeted after taking in the two scrimmages. “Zach Agnos is a legit 2-way guy, had a liner single and a ringing double in Game 1, tough out, feel for barrel. And he attacks with three pitches, 88-91 [MPH] with sink.”

Photos of, clockwise from left, George Mason pitching coach Shawn Camp by Joey Kamide, Nick Stewart courtesy of JMU Athletics, and Zach Agnos courtesy of D1Baseball

Recruiting Notebook: Lottchea, 2019 NOVA Nine Team Pick, to Play at William & Mary

October 16 - Nick Lottchea, who exploded on the scene as a sophomore this spring while helping Westfield reach the Class 6 state final, committed earlier today to play at William & Mary. 

“Every time I step on the field, I am going to give it everything I have. There is something to be said for heart,” said Lottchea, who was a second-team all-state selection and member of the NOVA Nine Team. “I feel as though that is the brand of baseball coach [Brian] Murphy and his staff push their team to be like, and that is the group of people I want to surround myself with.”

An outfielder and left-handed pitcher, Lottchea hit .422 with a .505 on-base percentage, 14 extra-base hits and 27 RBI and was 9-1 with 1.45 ERA in 43.1 innings last season. He and right-hander Joe Clancy, another NOVA Nine Team selection, led the Bulldogs (24-4) to their second region championship and state final appearance in program history. 

Lottchea, who plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program, is part of a talented young core at Westfield that also includes two pitchers who have committed to James Madison, junior left-hander Tyler Muscar and sophomore right-hander Jason Cheifetz. 

Lottchea was recruited as an outfielder, but he said the William & Mary coaches indicated he’d be given an opportunity to pitch as well should his velocity see an increase over his final two prep seasons. The Tribe’s Class of 2021 recruiting class also includes area pitchers Nathan Knowles (Yorktown) and Mike Weidinger (Lake Braddock). 

“Not only do they care about competing at the highest level, they care about what kind of education their kids are trying to pursue. And more importantly, they care about what kind of men their kids are going to become,” Lottchea said of the coaches at William & Mary, which went 33-22 overall and 12-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association last spring. “I took a visit back in September, and it exceeded all expectations. The environment, the culture just the way everyone at William & Mary goes about their business it top-notch.”

Briar Woods’ Famiglietti, Hylton’s Barrett Make Commitments

Briar Woods senior Nick Famiglietti and C.D. Hyton junior Diego Barrett made their college commitments over the past two days. 

Famiglietti committed yesterday to play at Massachusetts, becoming the latest college-bound player at the Ashburn school. The infielder, who plays with the NOVA Premier travel program during the offseason, joins senior catcher Nathan Cmeyla (Dartmouth), senior infielder Cole Kumpf (Wagner) and junior infielder Evan Smith (West Virginia) as Falcons players now committed to Division I programs. 

Additionally, senior pitcher Kyle Lewis will play at Division III Marymount and senior outfielder Jacob Weaver will play at Division II Lincoln Memorial. 

Barrett, meanwhile, committed earlier today to play at George Mason. The infielder and right-handed pitcher, who plays with the Marucci Stars travel program, had his fastball reach 89 MPH earlier this month at the Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship in Fort Myers, FL. 

Former Woodgrove Standout Hanvey to Transfer to East Tennessee State

Justin Hanvey, a first-team Class 4 all-state selection as a senior at Woodgrove in 2018, is transferring to East Tennessee State after one season at Florence-Darlington Tech.

Hanvey initially was to play at Radford before transferring last winter to the South Carolina junior college. At Woodgrove, he holds the career record for runs, triples, home runs, RBI and games played.

East Tennessee State was 34-21 overall and 11-12 in the Southern Conference last season under coach Joe Pennucci, the program’s best season since 2011.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Westfield’s Nick Lottchea by Fred Ingham, Diego Barrett courtesy of C.D. Hylton Baseball, Briar Woods’ Nick Famiglietti by Michael Ferrara, and Justin Hanvey courtesy of Woodgrove Baseball

Travel Notebook: Cmeyla Helps Dirtbags to Runner-up Finish in Jupiter

October 14 - Nathan Cmeyla played a key role as the North Carolina-based Dirtbags bounced back from a loss in their opening pool play game to reach this morning’s final at the Perfect Game WWBA World Championship in Jupiter, FL. 

Cmeyla, the Briar Woods senior catcher who has committed to Dartmouth, went 6-for-14 (.429) with three extra-base hits and three RBI as the Dirtbags won three bracket play games yesterday and avenged their pool play loss with a 7-2 semifinal win this morning against Florida’s Scorpions Founders Club. He was 3-for-4 with a triple, a home run and three RBI as the Dirtbags rallied from a 4-0 deficit for an 8-5 win over Reds Midwest Scout Team in their first round game yesterday morning. 

In today’s championship game, the Dirtbags fell, 11-2, to Florida Burn Platinum. 

Also shining in Jupiter was Jake Berry, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound Bishop O’Connell left-hander who was playing with the Royals Scout Team. Berry started and went 3.2 innings in an 8-0 pool play win over Texas’ Stix Baseball on Thursday, striking out four and allowing three hits. The Virginia recruit had his fastball reach 90 MPH during the outing. 

Two Marucci Stars southpaws, Georgetown recruit Everett Catlett (Colgan) and William & Mary commit Adam Fischer (West Potomac), had 14 strikeouts in 11.1 innings over a combined five relief appearances. The Stars went 2-1 in pool play but failed to advance. 

Call in the Cavalry: Manassas Club Claims Ripken Kick Off Tournament

Jackson Poteat hit a go-ahead single in the top of the seventh inning as the Manassas Cavalry 13U Blue beat Ohio’s ProNine NEO Sidewinders 13U to win the championship yesterday at the Ripken Fall Kick off Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

The Cavalry (18-4-1) swept their five games at the tournament, outscoring their opponents 72-32 and reaching double-digit run totals in each contest. Luke Pierce tossed a five-inning no-hitter in Saturday’s first pool play game, a 13-0 win over North Carolina’s Riptide 13U Blue. 

In yesterday’s final, Poteat went 2-for-4 with three RBI to pace a 13-hit attack. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Stars 14U Huller Storms to Batten Down the Hatches Tournament Title

After it needed two runs in the top of the seventh to win its first pool play game on Saturday, Marucci Stars 14U Huller rolled through the rest of the weekend en route to the championship at the Batten Down the Hatches Tournament in Olney, MD. 

Jackson Sirois had six hits - including three doubles - and scored six runs over the final two games and Griffin Burkholder, Braedy Peck and Nate Hoskins each had two hits in a 9-3 championship game win over Maryland’s On Plane Performance. Burkholder earned the win after scattering two hits and allowing one unearned run over four innings. 

The Stars (17-2) have won five straight and nine of their past 10 games. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Nathan Cmeyla, the Manassas Cavalry 13U Blue, and Braedy Peck courtesy of Marucci Stars

Recruiting Notebook: Yorktown’s Knowles Latest Area Pitcher Landed by Tribe 

October 10 - Yorktown junior Nathan Knowles committed late last month to pitch at William & Mary, the latest area hurler landed by the Williamsburg school. 

Knowles, a 6-foot, 195-pound right-hander with a fastball that has reached 89 MPH, went 5-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 70 strikeouts to 13 walks in 41 innings this past spring. His signature win came on Apr. 18, when he struck out eight and permitted one run on four hits as the Patriots beat then-undefeated and top-ranked Battlefield, 4-1, at the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

“Nathan loves to compete. He not only challenges his opponents, but he challenges his teammates too,” Patriots coach John Skaggs said. “His mound composure last year as a sophomore rivaled that of most seniors. He knows how to control the game and will do great at William & Mary.”

Yorktown finished 17-7, advancing to the Region 6D quarterfinals before falling to eventual region champion Westfield. The Patriots will enter 2020 with two pitchers headed to Division I program: senior Quinlan Montgomery committed earlier this fall to Stony Brook. 

Knowles, who plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program, joins Lake Braddock left-hander Mike Weidinger as area junior pitchers now committed to the Tribe. Gonzaga’s Garrett Newsome, a resident of McLean, and West Potomac lefty Adam Fischer are local seniors who have committed to William & Mary, which has landed at least two Northern Virginia pitchers in each of the seven recruiting classes from 2015-21. 

“I am excited to announce that I have committed to play baseball and study at William & Mary,” Knowles posted on Sept. 29, when he announced his commitment. “Thank you to my family, friends and coaches for their support, especially [Stars coach] Carson Carroll and John Skaggs.”

Dolby, Shenkman, Triantos Appear Twice in Perfect Game’s Underclass Scout Notes

Perfect Game releases daily notebooks scouting players at its major events, and three area players - Bryce Dolby, Wyatt Shenkman and James Triantos - were each featured twice during the WWBA Underclass World Championship in Fort Myers, FL. 

Independence sophomore Bryce Dolby, a 6-foot-5, 178-pound right-hander who has committed to Virginia Tech, was dominant over his two outings with his Dirtbags Premier 2021 team. He scattered four hits and struck out 10 over five scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over FTB/SF Giants Scout Team 2021 on Oct. 5, two days after fanning five in two scoreless innings of relief in a 4-1 win over Georgia’s Titans 16U Blue. 

Dolby “has a very loose and whippy arm and a lot of deception in and with his delivery,” Perfect Game wrote. “He complements his plus fastball with a 69-71 mph tight, 12-to-6 spinning curveball and an 11-to-5 sweeping slider that sat at 73-75 mph. Dolby has a great ability to change eye levels. He shows great poise but does pitch with a controlled high energy. 

“The Virginia Tech commit made his second outing of the event on Saturday morning against a very tough lineup. He was up to the task, and more. The right-handed pitcher sat in the upper-80s, after touching 90 in his first outing, and located the pitch well to his glove side.”

Shenkman, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior right-hander from Riverside, struck out six in 4.1 scoreless innings over two relief outings to help his EvoShield Canes 17U National team win the tournament title. The uncommitted pitcher “ran the fastball up to 89 mph on Sunday, sitting 86-88 a majority of the time,” Perfect Game wrote. “Shenkman gets the most out of his frame by creating easy linear direction down the mound and getting good extension over the front side. When the delivery is clean and on time, Lunsford-Shenkman is one of the more enticing uncommitted arms I have seen this weekend.”

Triantos, a North Carolina recruit, went 4-for-16 with two doubles for the EvoShield Canes 16U National team. The two-way standout, who in the spring at St. John’s (D.C.) became the first freshman to earn first-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post, “Continues to do damage at a high level,” Perfect Game wrote. “He’s got innate bat-to-ball skills with plenty of bat speed and ever-developing strength, with very good barrel accuracy and subsequently excellent results. 

“Triantos is a really athletic player that excels on the mound as well, but the primary shortstop caught my eye with his tremendous bat speed and advanced barrel control for the class.”

Snyder Bucks Holding College Showcase on Sunday 

Several uncommitted players from the Snyder Bucks travel program will showcase for college coaches on Sunday at Brentsville District. 

The showcase will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with batting practice and defensive work followed by a scrimmage between 15U-18U players. Several college coaches are expected to attend. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Nathan Knowles courtesy of Yorktown Baseball, Wyatt Shenkman by Joey Kamide, and James Triantos by Billy Sabatini

Travel Notebook: Cook Leads Stars to Semifinals at Perfect Game’s Underclass Worlds

October 10 - Marucci Stars 17U Carroll advanced to the semifinals of the 210-team Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship before falling to the eventual champions, EvoShield Canes National, on Monday in Fort Myers, FL. 

The team, coached by Carson Carroll, swept its three pool play games and then defeated New York’s Taconic Rangers, North Carolina’s Dirtbags Bad Company and Georgia’s East Cobb Astros in bracket play on Sunday. In Monday’s semifinals, the Stars took a 2-0 first-inning lead but were unable to pull off the upset in a 6-2 loss to the Canes, one of the country’s top travel programs which rostered players from 12 different states. 

Two area players - right-hander Wyatt Shenkman (Riverside) and outfielder Elijah Lambros (Fredericksburg Christian) - helped the Canes to the championship. Shenkman struck out six in 4.1 innings over two appearances while Lambros, a Virginia Tech recruit, went 5-for-26 (.192) with four RBI. 

Carroll’s club, meanwhile, was led by two-way standout Casey Cook (Freedom-South Riding), a North Carolina commit. Cook was 9-for-19 (.474) with three extra-bases and 10 RBI and went the distance to earn the win against East Cobb, scattering four hits over seven innings. He needed just 73 pitches and had his fastball reach 88 MPH. Cook and the team were featured in a story on the Perfect Game website.

“Casey Cook was just amazing,” Carroll said. “A lot of players played well to help the team do what it did over the week.”

Left-hander Nick Lottchea (Westfield) posted a 2.80 ERA over a team-high 10 innings, including 5.2 against the Canes, while Connor Kolarov (Freedom-South Riding) had 12 strikeouts over 7.2 innings in his two appearances and William & Mary recruit Nathan Knowles (Yorktown) and Andrew Schaeb (Lake Braddock) each posted five scoreless frames. 

“Every pitcher we threw out there did their job,” Carroll said. “[Lottchea] did a good job and gave us a chance to win. Even with the short roster, I was fortunate as a coach that all of the guys performed.”

Nick Morgan (Oakton) was 8-for-20 (.400) and George Mason recruit Jackson Baird (Battlefield) went 5-for-14 (.357) and paced the team with seven walks, seven runs and four steals over the seven games. Of the 14 players on the Stars’ roster, 12 attend Northern Virginia schools. 

Amos, Meyer Leads Aces to Title at Zombie Apocalypse SlugFest in Maryland

Dylan Amos and Jonah Meyer had big weekends to lead the Loudoun Aces 12U to the championship at the Zombie Apocalypse SlugFest in Frederick, MD. 

Amos was 8-for-10 with three extra-base hits and nine RBI over the four games and earned the win after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in relief in Sunday’s 9-6 championship game win over Maryland’s ESP Elite. Meyer, meanwhile, added three hits while throwing out seven runners attempting to steal a base, including three in the championship game. 

The Aces have won 11 straight and are 15-2-1 on the fall season. 

Stars 11U Colangelo, Canes Serrano 13U Win Brackets at Wolverine October Bash

Marucci Stars 11U Colangelo and EvoShield Canes 13U Serrano swept their way to championships in the two brackets at last weekend’s Wolverine October Bash held at North Stafford High School. 

The Stars (15-0), playing up an age level, won their two pool play games on Saturday, then earned one-run victories over MPH101 in the semifinals and the Stafford Warriors in the final on Sunday to win the 12U bracket. Gavin Knox led the way while Chase Colangelo, Nico Moritz and Serf Guerra each connected on home runs. 

In the 13U bracket, the Canes (12-2) outscored their four opponents, 37-13, defeating the Richmond Braves Gregory, 12-2, in Sunday’s final. Edwin Sanchez was 2-for-2 with a double, a homer and four RBI in the final and went 6-for-8 at the tournament.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Casey Cook courtesy of Marucci Stars, Jonah Meyer courtesy of Loudoun Aces, and Serf Guerra courtesy of Marucci Stars

Prep Notebook: A Look Inside VHSL’s Latest Realignment

September 29 - Several area teams will be playing in new districts during the 2020 season as part of the Virginia High School League’s latest realignment. 

Champe, which has moved up to Class 6, departs the Potomac District to become the sixth team in the Cedar Run. Edison, Falls Church, Wakefield and Potomac have also moved up to Class 6. 

In Loudoun County, four teams swapped affiliations. Woodgrove and Riverside bumped up a classification to Class 5 and join the Potomac, while Broad Run and Tuscarora dropped to Class 4 and become members of the Dulles. The county’s new school, Independence, also joins the Dulles as the district’s lone Class 3 school. 

Region alignment also changed, most significantly in Class 6, which now has three regions based in Northern Virginia with the fourth comprised mostly of teams from the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. Region 6B now consists of teams from the Cardinal, Cedar Run and Commonwealth, with Region 6C comprised of teams from the Gunston and Patriot and Region 6D of teams from the Concorde and Liberty.

Five of the seven teams in the National are now Class 6, with those teams’ regional alignment split as they seek bids into Region 6C and 6D. 

To view the VHSL’s new district alignment click here. And to view the new region alignment, click here

Park View’s Taylor Steps Down After 3 Seasons

Brian Taylor, who coached Park View over the past two seasons, stepped down on Sept. 11. 

“Patriot family, it is with a heavy heart that I must resign as the head coach of Park View baseball,” Taylor posted on his Twitter handle. “Please keep up the hard work.”

Taylor helped engineer excitement at a program that was in the midst of a 53-game losing streak when he took the reins prior to the 2018 season. The Patriots were 4-37 in his two years, improving to three wins this past spring. 

The vacancy has been posted on the Loudoun County Public Schools employment page. 

Area Schools Seeking Assistant Coaches

Four area coaches have contacted the magazine indicating they’re in search of assistant coaches for the 2020 season. 

Briar Woods’ Rob Sikora (, Episcopal’s Chris Warren (, Paul VI Catholic’s Billy Emerson ( and Stone Bridge’s Andy Hayes ( are looking to add to their staffs and ask interested coaches to contact them via email. 

Area public schools governed by the Virginia High School League, begin tryouts on Feb. 24, with the regular season running to mid-May and postseason to early June. Paul VI, a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, will begin on Feb. 20 and Episcopal, a member of the Interstate Athletic Conference, begins on Feb. 17.

Private schools have their regular seasons end in early May and postseason conclude the third week in May. 

Recruiting Notebook: Lake Braddock’s Weidinger Commits to William & Mary

September 23 - Lake Braddock’s Mike Weidinger committed late last week to pitch at William & Mary, and the Bruins junior left-hander will pull double-duty as part of the Williamsburg school’s Army ROTC program. 

“I’m happy it worked out great for him,” Lake Braddock coach John Thomas said. “He’ll be a good player for them, he’s going to help them.”

Weidinger, who has several family members who previously or currently serve in the military, played a key role in the Bruins’ run to the Class 6 state championship in the spring. He went 4-2 with a 3.46 ERA as part of a rotation that included NOVA Nine Player of the Year Lyle Miller-Green and fellow southpaws Jay Cassady and Andrew Schaeb, totaling 27 strikeouts to 13 walks in 30.1 innings. At the plate, he hit .324 with a .434 on-base percentage, 22 hits, one homer and 24 RBI. 

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Weidinger had three 3-hit games in the spring, including in a 6-2 win over Westfield in the state final. He plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program. 

At William & Mary, he’ll follow former Lake Braddock standouts Wade Strain (‘16), Rojo Prarie (‘18) and Matt Thomas (‘18). Weidinger will take on the same workload former Yorktown standout John Yoest had at the school, both pitching and participating in the ROTC program. Yoest is now an Army helicopter pilot flying the UH-60M Black Hawk and is preparing to deploy to Europe. He was reached last week and said he plans to contact Weidinger.

The Tribe went 33-22 overall and 12-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association last year under coach Brian Murphy, who has led the program to the 30-win plateau in four of his six years. 

Dukes Continue to Acquire Northern Virginia Arms

Senior right-hander Ryan Murphy (Madison) became a fourth area pitcher to commit to James Madison over the past six weeks, joining juniors Daniel Quintana (Paul VI Catholic), Tyler Muscar (Westfield) and sophomore Jason Cheifetz (Westfield). 

The foursome represent the latest pitchers secured by Dukes coach Marlin Ikenberry and his staff, who also have senior Joe Vogatsky (Kettle Run) among their 2020 class. Lefty Donovan Burke (Loudoun County) was part of James Madison’s incoming class, and the Dukes will return Liam McDonnell (Paul VI Catholic) and Nick Stewart (Rock Ridge) next spring. Kevin Kelly (Paul VI Catholic) was selected in the 19th round by the Cleveland Indians in June’s Major League Baseball Draft. 

James Madison was 31-26 overall and 11-13 in the CAA last spring under Ikenberry. 

PBR Recognizes Top Performers at Summer Showcase Events

Prep Baseball Report’s D.C./Virginia outlet last week highlighted the top performers at its summer individual showcase events, and several area players were recognized. 

Elijah Lambros, a junior outfielder who transferred from Stafford to Fredericksburg Christian this summer and has committed to Virginia Tech, recorded the area’s best 60-yard time with a 6.69. He was followed by McLean senior outfielder and George Mason recruit Drew Stieg (6.72), Gar-Field senior outfielder Gavin Bassett (6.74), Colonial Forge senior and Longwood recruit Aiden Tierney (6.74), and Westfield senior outfielder Derek Furr (6.88). 

The best local pitching velocities were recorded by Yorktown junior Nathan Knowles (88 MPH), Westfield sophomore and James Madison recruit Jason Cheifetz (87), Colgan freshman Brett Renfrow (87), West Potomac senior left-hander and William & Mary commit Adam Fischer (86), and Marshall senior and Maryland-Baltimore County recruit Robert Kelley (86). 

The top catcher pop times were turned in by Oakton junior Matt Ford (1.96) and Bishop O’Connell senior Riley O’Donovan (1.96), while Loudoun Valley junior Jared Molnar (87) recorded the best infield velocity and Lambros (90) recorded the top outfield velocity. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Lake Braddock’s Mike Weidinger by Gregg Zelkin, Madison’s Ryan Murphy by Albert Jacquez, and Westfield’s Tyler Muscar by Fred Ingham

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, and Justin Bour courtesy of Associated Press

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

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 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, Brandon Guyer courtesy of Getty Images, and Brandon Snyder courtesy of