April 1 - The top half consists of the area’s remaining unbeaten teams and Centreville joins the rankings for the first time since June 2015 in this week’s Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.
For a fourth straight week, Battlefield (6-0) tops the poll, receiving 393 points and 28 of 41 first-place votes after winning three games against Woodbridge, Paul VI Catholic and C.D. Hylton by a combined four runs last week. The Bobcats are followed by No. 2 Potomac (6-0), which hasn’t allowed hit in four games and got 364 points and eight first-place votes after sweeping its games against Cardinal District foes Forest Park and Freedom-Woodbridge.
No. 3 Lake Braddock (5-0) and No. 4 Patriot (5-0) remained in the same position for a second straight week. The Bruins got 341 points and the remaining five first-place votes after beating St. Albans (D.C.) and Robinson, while the Pioneers received 267 points after sweeping their contests against Riverbend and Riverside.
The biggest jump this week was by No. 5 Westfield (5-0), which moved up three spots after posting its fourth and fifth consecutive shutouts to begin the season with wins over Washington-Lee and Oakton. The Bulldogs got 240 points.
Despite taking their first losses of the season, No. 6 South Lakes (5-1) and No. 7 Episcopal (7-1) moved up this week. The Seahawks received 124 points after beating W.T. Woodson and then-undefeated Herndon before taking their first loss on Saturday at Centreville. The Maroon garnered 81 points after a week in which they posted shutouts against Trinity Christian and Flint Hill before dropping losing to Collegiate, one of the state’s top private schools, on Saturday.
No. 8 Madison (3-2) dropped three spots after a 3-0 loss on Friday to Chantilly, receiving 78 points. The Warhawks were followed by No. 9 Bishop O’Connell (5-2), which moved up one spot after sweeping its four games last week.
No. 10 Centreville (4-1), meanwhile, got 66 points after allowing just four runs in its wins over Fairfax, Gonzaga (D.C.) and South Lakes. Dropping from this week’s poll was Freedom-South Riding (4-3), which split Potomac District contests against Tuscarora and Briar Woods.
Also receiving votes this week were the following teams: Stafford (51), Brentsville District (45), Freedom-South Riding (32), Osbourn Park (32), Loudoun Valley (18), Highland School (16), Briar Woods (15), Yorktown (9), Herndon (4), Marshall (4), Heritage (4), Chantilly (2) and South County (1).
Sponsor: The magazine’s Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll is sponsored by the Prime Time Baseball Academy. For more information on the academy, visit its website at www.primetimebaseball.co.
Photo of Centreville coach Scott Rowland by Joey Kamide