June 8 - Lake Braddock’s John Thomas was named the Region 6C Coach of the Year and Bruins two-way standout Lyle Miller-Green was named the region’s Player of the Year.
Thomas, who previously served as the head coach at McLean and then as the Bruins’ pitching coach for four seasons under former skipper Jody Rutherford, led Lake Braddock (24-3) to a region championship and second straight Class 6 state tournament berth in his first season at the helm. His club will be seeking the program’s first state title since 2012 when it plays James River in the state semifinals on Thursday.
Miller-Green, a George Mason University recruit, was a unanimous selection by the region’s coaches and is having a historic all-around season. The senior outfielder and right-hander enters the state tournament hitting .429 with a .598 on-base percentage, seven doubles, 11 home runs, 27 RBI and 37 runs. He’s been hit by a pitch 14 times and has drawn 20 walks, 12 of them intentional. On the mound, Miller-Green is 6-0 with five saves, a 0.98 ERA and 84 strikeouts to 23 walks in 51.2 innings.
Joining Miller-Green as first-team selections were two of his teammates, senior shortstop Bobby Leitzel and junior pitcher Jay Cassady.
Leitzel was joined in the infield by West Springfield senior catcher David Giorgis, T.C. Williams junior first baseman Nathan Keough, Justice sophomore second baseman Nick Guerra and Fairfax senior third baseman Dylan Wilkinson. Cassady was joined by two pitchers, West Potomac senior Jimmy Curley and Forest Park sophomore Nathan Williams.
The outfielders selected were Fairfax senior Bryce Johnson, Colgan junior Ryley Johnson, West Potomac junior Justin Bassett and Justice sophomore Dean Kampschror. Miller-Green was selected as the utility player and Colgan junior Garrett Riley was chosen as the designated hitter.
To view the entire all-region team, click here.
Photos of Lake Braddock’s John Thomas, left, and Lyle Miller-Green by Fred Ingham