March 19 - The top three spots remained the same while five new teams joined the rankings in this week’s Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, which is sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.
Battlefield, which opened its season with victories over Colgan and Forest Park, retained its stop atop the rankings after garnering 24 of 42 first-place votes and 388 total points. The Bobcats (2-0) were hosting No. 3 Freedom (2-1) tonight when the rankings were released. The Eagles got one first-place vote and 262 points after opening their season with wins over Loudoun Valley and then-No. 4 Riverside and a loss to Lynchburg’s Liberty Christian Academy.
No. 2 Madison (1-0) closed the gap on Battlefield after an impressive 12-2 season-opening win over defending Class 6 state champion and preseason No. 5 West Springfield on Friday. The Warhawks received 15 first-place votes and 384 total points.
No. 4 Potomac (1-0) and No. 5 Lake Braddock each rose two spots this week, receiving 252 and 247 points, respectively. The Panthers, which received two first-place votes, beat Stonewall Jackson, 11-1, in their opener while the Bruins edged then-No. 8 Chantilly, 2-1, in their first game of the spring.
Entering the rankings this week are No. 6 Bishop O’Connell (2-0), No. 7 Patriot (2-0), No. 8 South Lakes (2-0), No. 9 Episopal (4-0) and No. 10 Westfield. South Lakes and Episcopal are making their first appearance in the poll’s five-year history, while O’Connell enters the rankings for the first time since April 2016.
Dropping out of this week’s poll were No. 4 Riverside (0-2), No. 5 West Springfield (0-1), No. 8 Chantilly (0-2), No. 9 Paul VI Catholic (1-3), and No. 10 Briar Woods (0-0).
Others receiving votes this week included: McLean (43), West Springfield (42), Riverside (41), Highland School (37), Robinson (35), Briar Woods (31), Stafford (31), Brentsville District (30), Flint Hill (25), Fauquier (23), Yorktown (21), Marshall (12), Colgan (7), Potomac Falls (7), Loudoun Valley (6), Chantilly (5), Spotsylvania (4) and Stone Bridge (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 Ryan Dooley courtesy of South Lakes Baseball