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