August 27 - Senior catcher Nathan Cmeyla has committed to play at Dartmouth College, Briar Woods coach Rob Sikora confirmed this evening.
A two-time first-team All-Region 5C selection and one of the area’s top remaining uncommitted players from the Class of 2020, Cmeyla chose the Ivy League school over offers from other highly-regarded academic institutions. This past spring, he helped the Falcons go 20-5 and win the Potomac District championship en route to second-team Class 5 all-state honors.
Cmeyla plays in the offseason with the Dirtbags travel program and helped the North team win gold at the Commonwealth Games the past two summers. He becomes the sixth Briar Woods player since 2017 to commit to a Division I program.
“We are extremely excited for Nathan and his family,” Sikora wrote via text message. “He’s an outstanding student-athlete that has a bright future ahead of him. His hard work - on and off the field - has been a large reason for our success over the past two years.”
Over those two seasons, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Cmeyla has batted .399 with 59 hits - including 22 that have gone for extra bases - along with 41 RBI. His athleticism allowed him to make a seamless transition from second base to catcher, and he had eight stolen bases this past spring - a high number considering the backstop often had a courtesy runner once he reached base.
He will be part of a talented returning core at Briar Woods that includes junior infielder Evan Smith, a West Virginia recruit, and senior Jacob Weaver, one of the area’s best defensive outfielders who will play at Division II Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee. Senior right-hander Kyle Lewis also made his college commitment today and will pitch for Division III Marymount.
Cmeyla will become the first player from Northern Virginia to suit up for the Big Green since Ben Socher (Madison) did so from 2014-17. Dartmouth went 15-26 overall and 8-13 in the Ivy League this past season under longtime coach Bob Whalen.
Photo of Nathan Cmeyla courtesy of Briar Woods Baseball