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