April 13 - Two local tournaments begin today as most Virginia public schools start their spring breaks, and 27 area teams - including four from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll - will take the field in the events.
The 16-team field at the Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament is broken into four pools, with teams playing games today and Monday and pool winners advancing to bracket play on Tuesday and Wednesday. Teams that don’t advance will play consolation games those two days.
The tournament, established in 1996, was given its current name when Jason Ritenour took over as the coach at C.D. Hylton. He along with David Przybocki now oversee the annual event.
No. 5 Potomac (9-1), the defending champion, and No. 8 Stafford (9-1) are two of the favorites, as is unbeaten Brentsville District (7-0). Colgan (6-4) has posted three straight shutouts, including a no-hitter tossed by junior Ryley Johnson in Thursday’s 5-0 win over Woodbridge. Osbourn Park (6-3) won six of seven to begin the season but was cooled off in losses to No. 1 Battlefield and No. 3 Patriot earlier this week.
The tournament’s four pools are as follows: Colgan, McLean, T.C. Williams and host Osbourn Park; Fauquier, Mountain View, Rock Ridge and host Woodbridge; Edison, Kettle Run, Stafford and host Potomac; and Brentsville District, Colonial Forge, Marshall and C.D. Hylton.
Westfield coach Rob Hahne has established the new D.C. Baseball Classic, a 15-team tournament which is also scheduled to begin today and will include 11 local teams in addition to Washington, D.C.’s Gonzaga, Maryland’s Grace Academy and Archbishop Spalding, and California’s Narbonne. The tournament will be held at several area fields and will also include a Home Run Derby, which is being held tonight at Westfield.
No. 2 Lake Braddock (9-1) and Hahne’s No. 4 Bulldogs (8-1) are the tournament favorites. Gonzaga (11-2) and Grace Academy (7-2) would also be among the favorites, but they are among the seven teams who are just playing four pool play games and not competing for the tournament title.
Below are today’s schedules for the two tournaments.
Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament:
McLean (5-5) at Osbourn Park (6-3), 1 p.m.
Fauquier (2-5) vs. Rock Ridge 2-6) at Woodbridge, 2 p.m.
No. 8 Stafford (9-1) vs. Kettle Run (3-5) at Potomac, 2 p.m.
Marshall (6-3) vs. Brentsville District (7-0) at C.D. Hylton, 2 pm.
Colgan (6-4) vs. T.C. Williams (3-7) at Osbourn Park, 4:30 p.m.
Mountain View (2-4) at Woodbridge (2-5), 4:30 p.m.
Edison (3-6) at No. 5 Potomac (9-1), 4:30 p.m.
Colonial Forge (5-3) at C.D. Hylton (6-4), 5 p.m.
D.C. Baseball Classic:
No. 2 Lake Braddock (9-1) vs. Grace, MD (7-2) at South County MS, 10 a.m.
Centreville (6-3) vs. South County (4-5) at South County MS, 12:30 p.m.
Gonzaga, D.C. (11-2) at Dominion (4-4), 2:30 p.m.
Washington-Lee (5-5) at Falls Church (3-6), 3 p.m.
Archbishop Spalding, MD (9-6) at George Mason (4-6), 3 p.m.
W.T. Woodson (1-8) at Chantilly (4-5), 3 p.m.
Stonewall Jackson (3-8) vs. Mount Vernon (0-11) at South County MS, 3 p.m.
Grace Academy (7-2) at No. 4 Westfield (8-1), 3:30 p.m.
Narbonne, CA (9-14) begins play on Monday
Photos of C.D. Hylton coach Jason Ritenour by Caitlyn Verberg and of Westfield coach Rob Hahne by Fred Ingham