March 19 - Battlefield’s Craig Miles has been named the Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week, sponsored by Northern Virginia Orthodontics.
Over the week of Mar. 11-17, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior outfielder went 7-for-7 with two doubles, a triple, four RBI, four steals and three runs as the Bobcats opened the season with wins over Colgan and Forest Park. He had four hits in Friday’s 6-1 win over the Bruins, falling a home run short of the cycle.
The left-handed swinging lead off man remains uncommitted to college, though a number of schools have expressed interest. Miles was a first-team All-Cedar Run District and second-team All-Region 6D selection last spring.
Here are this week’s other nine nominees:
Ryan Dooley, South Lakes - A 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior shortstop, Dooley went 4-for-6 with four walks, a double, triple, two RBI and scored four runs over the Seahawks’ wins over Chantilly and Fairfax. He was a first-team All-Liberty District selection last year who has committed to play at the Virginia Military Institute.
Jackson Foreman, Brooke Point - A 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior second baseman and right-handed pitcher, Foreman went 3-for-9 with three walks, two home runs and five RBI and also pitched a scoreless inning of relief over the Black-Hawks’ three games. He was a first-team All-Commonwealth District selection last spring as a sophomore.
Tyler Gauthier, South County - A 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior first baseman and pitcher, Gauthier hit a grand slam and allowed one run on one hit over three innings as the Stallions came from behind for a 9-8 win over Oakton on Thursday.
Billy Hoad, Brentsville District - A 5-foot-8, 160-pound senior third baseman, Hoad went 3-for-5 with two walks, six runs, three steals and an RBI as the Tigers opened their season with wins over Skyline and Kettle Run. He was a first-team All-Northwestern District selection last year who will play next year at Wilson College in Pennsylvania.
Josh Iannarelli, Brooke Point - A 5-foot-9, 160-pound junior outfielder, Iannarelli was 6-for-10 with two walks, five runs, two steals and an RBI as the Black-Hawks won two of three games last week.
Josh Jones, Yorktown - A 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior third baseman, Jones went 5-for-7 with a triple and three RBI and scored all six times he reached base in the Patriots’ season-opening wins over Fairfax and Hayfield. Also added two steals.
Jackson Kantor, McLean - A 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior second baseman, Kantor went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and four RBI as the Highlanders opened their season with a 13-0 win over W.T. Woodson on Thursday. He was a second-team All-Liberty District selection last spring.
Teddy Merritt, McLean - A 6-foot-6, 230-pound junior right-handed pitcher, Merritt struck out eight batters and didn’t allow a hit over four innings as the Highlanders opened their season with a 13-0 win over W.T. Woodson on Thursday. He was a first-team All-Liberty District and second-team All-Region 6D selection as a sophomore last year.
Nate Savino, Potomac Falls - A 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior left-handed pitchers, Savino pitched a one-hit shutout and recorded 18 strikeouts with no walks in the Panthers’ 5-0 win over then-No. 4 Riverside. He also went 2-for-3 with a run at the plate. Was the Potomac District and Region 5C Player of the Year and a member of the NOVA Nine Team last spring, and has committed to pitch at the University of Virginia.
Note: Player of the Week nominees come from area coaches, who are sent a nomination form on Monday each week.
Pictured clockwise from top left: McLean’s Jackson Kantor, South Lakes’ Ryan Dooley, McLean’s Teddy Merritt, Brooke Point’s Jackson Foreman, Potomac Falls’ Nate Savino, Yorktown’s Josh Jones and Battlefield’s Craig Miles. Photos submitted.