Pro Notebook: PWC Natives Kraft, Farrar Help Lake Erie Reach Frontier Playoffs


September 5 - Steven Kraft spent the summer as one of the top outfielders in the independent Frontier League, and the late-season addition of outfielder Logan Farrar gave the Lake Erie Crushers another Prince William County native in the middle of their lineup during their playoff push. 

Kraft, a Battlefield graduate who was released in spring training after spending last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, finished among the top five in the league in batting average (.293), on-base percentage (.394) and steals (25). In early August, Lake Erie added Farrar, a Woodbridge grad who was released on July 29 while in the midst of his third season in the Oakland A’s system. 

The addition quickly paid off, as Farrar hit .308 and the Crushers won 15 of their final 20 games and ran away with the league’s East Division title. 

Lake Erie trails its best-of-five division series with the Florence Freedom, 2-0, and will look to stay alive when it hosts Game 3 tomorrow night. The Crushers would also host Game 4 on Sunday and Game 5 on Monday if they’re able to extend the series. 

McBroom Gets Hit in 1st MLB At-Bat, Adds 2 More Next Night

Ryan McBroom (Courtland) was traded from the New York Yankees to Kansas City on Sunday, was added to the Royals’ roster on Tuesday afternoon, then started at first base and singled in his first career Major League at-bat that night against the Detroit Tigers. 

“It’s a dream of a lifetime,” McBroom told the Kansas City Register. “It happened super fast. It was like Christmas Eve times a million, and I’m just super excited to be here and ready to roll with this group of guys.”

He started in right field last night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI as Kansas City won its fourth straight. The 27-year-old Fredericksburg native is looked upon by the Royals’ front office as a potential long-term option at first base. 

McBroom has hit .288 with 102 career home runs in his six minor league seasons. 

Angels Recall Bour as Teams Expand Rosters

Justin Bour (Westfield) was recalled by the Los Angeles Angels last week, his third stint with the club in what has been a frustrating season for the first baseman. 

After slugging 83 home runs over the previous four years, Bour has struggled in his first season with the Angels. He’s been sent down to the minor leagues twice and entered today hitting .181 with eight homers and 26 RBI in 144 at-bats. He has struck out in his two pinch hit opportunities since being called up over the weekend. 

Bour, 31, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract last winter and is likely to hit free agency again this offseason. He has hit .254 with 92 homers and 303 RBI in six seasons with Miami, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Logan Farrar courtesy of Morning Journal, Steven Kraft courtesy of Lake Erie Crushers, Ryan McBroom courtesy of MLB.com, and Justin Bour courtesy of Associated Press


Prep Notebook: Tolson Changes College Destination, Will Play at Longwood


September 2 - Mike Tolson, a member of the 2019 NOVA Nine Team and the VHSL Class 5 State Player of the Year, had a late-summer change to his college destination and accepted a scholarship offer to play at Longwood. 

Tolson went 10-0 with a 1.55 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 77 innings to lead the Indians (24-3) to the program’s first state championship. He had initially signed to play at Western Carolina. 

“It’s great, it worked out really well,” Stafford coach Tommy Harrison said. “I couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound right hander and infielder will be given an opportunity to play both ways for the Lancers, who went 11-41 overall and 5-22 in the Big South Conference last spring under coach Ryan Mau. 

Area’s Top Football Performances from Week 1

Alex Jreige had 32 carries for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead Madison to a 15-13 win over Marshall in one of several notable performances by area baseball players on the first weekend of high school football. 

The Warhawks’ sophomore running back was joined by four others who had big Week 1 games: Annandale junior quarterback Danny Salisbury, South County junior running back Charlie Miska, C.D. Hylton junior quarterback Tyler Mitchell and Independence sophomore receiver Josh Hand.

Salisbury had 22 carries for 101 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to W.T. Woodson and Hand finished with seven catches for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 53-43 loss to Skyline. Mitchell helped the Bulldogs come back to defeat Mount Vernon, passing for 106 yards and a late touchdown in a 35-28 win. And Miska had 10 carries for 49 yards and caught a 35-yard touchdown in a 28-6 win over Woodbridge. 

Beliveau Transfers from IMG Academy to Paul VI

Griffin Beliveau, a Maryland native who attended the IMG Academy in Florida last year, has transferred to Paul VI Catholic for his junior year. 

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA in four appearances last spring with IMG’s Gray team, which finished 14-11. He previously played locally with the C5T Elite and Diamond Skills travel programs prior to attending the Florida academy. 

Beliveau joins a Panthers staff that includes junior right-hander Daniel Quintana, who committed over the weekend to James Madison. He’ll help fill a void after the graduation of ace Nick Ortega and the transfer of Bradley Gagen and Bryce Dolby to Independence. 

Stone Bridge, West Potomac, Riverbend Near Coaching Hires

Stone Bridge is reportedly set to announce a hire soon and West Potomac has completed its interviews as area schools aim to fill head coaching vacancies. 

Openings also exist at Riverbend and Marshall, which opened last week with the departure of Aaron Tarr to become an assistant at Georgetown. Marshall has not yet advertised the position on the Fairfax County Public Schools website. The vacancy at Riverbend has been open since June. 

Over the summer, Herndon hired Steve Frank and Champe hired Scott Van Dusseldorp to fill the other area coaching openings. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Mike Tolson courtesy of Stafford Baseball, Alex Jreige courtesy of Madison Football and Danny Salisbury courtesy of Annandale Football


Pro Notebook: Rizzo Invited to Play in Arizona Fall League


August 30 - Joe Rizzo has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League as the Oakton graduate wraps his third full professional season with the Seattle Mariners organization. 

Many of baseball’s top prospects are invited to play in the league each fall.

A second round pick in 2016, Rizzo has put together his best pro campaign with High-A Modesto. The left-handed swinging infielder enters today hitting .293 with a .352 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 10 home runs and 62 RBI in 124 games. Earlier this summer, he was named to the California League All-Star Game. 

Rizzo, 21, has been worked recently at second base and first base after spending the majority of his time at third base since Seattle made him the area’s highest prep draft pick since Westfield’s Brandon Snyder was a first-round pick of Baltimore in 2005. He played shortstop at Oakton, where he was a two-time NOVA Nine Team selection and our 2015 Player of the Year. 

“Honestly, I absolutely love second base,” Rizzo told Lookout Landing, which covers the Mariners and its minor league teams. “It’s freeing. You can play the hops. You have time to move your feet. You can take your time a bit.”

Rizzo is batting .342 in August with hits in 16 of his past 18 games, and he had his first career five-hit game last week. "I was seeing [the ball] pretty well," he told MiLB.com after that contest. "I thought I was picking up spin pretty well. I was looking at a certain part of the zone and I was sitting on a couple pitches, and I ended up getting them."

Guyer’s Rehab From Elbow Surgery Continues, Eyes MLB Return in 2020

A toned Brandon Guyer appears well on his way to recovery three months after elbow surgery ended his 13th professional season. 

The Herndon graduate posted a photo on his Instagram page with the following message, “It’s been 3 months since season ending elbow surgery. Back up to 200 lbs and feeling great. Slowly but surely getting to where I need to be...back on that field.”

Guyer, 33, signed a minor league deal last winter with the Chicago White Sox and received an invite to their spring training with the Chicago White Sox. He started the season at Triple-A Charlotte, hitting .244 with a .369 on-base percentage in 16 games before requiring the surgery. 

The former Herndon and University of Virginia standout has played in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians, hitting .250 in 1,291 at-bats over seven seasons with the two clubs. 

Lee, Snyder Reach Milestones as Minor League Season Winds Down

Khalil Lee (Flint Hill) has two stolen bases this week and is second among all minor league players with 52 steals this season, doing so in 124 games at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. 

Rated by MLBPipeline as Kansas City’s No. 4 prospect, Lee is hitting .263 with a .366 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, seven homers and 47 RBI. He’s 52-for-64 on stolen base attempts. One of the Royals’ current outfielders, Billy Hamilton, holds the minor league single-season steals record with 155, set in 2012. 

Northwest Arkansas concludes its regular season tomorrow and begin play in the Texas League playoffs next week. This winter, Lee will be playing for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico's Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente.

Meanwhile, Brandon Snyder (Westfield) hit his 30th home run of the season for Triple-A Fresno on Saturday. He’s hitting .255 and has added 24 doubles and 78 RBI in 113 games with the Washington Nationals affiliate. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Joe Rizzo courtesy of MiLB.com, Brandon Guyer courtesy of Getty Images, and Brandon Snyder courtesy of MiLB.com.


Recruiting Notebook: Following Kuhn’s Departure, Gagen Decommits from Virginia


August 28 - Independence’s Bradley Gagen has decommitted from Virginia following the departure of longtime pitching coach Karl Kuhn, who last week was named as the new head coach at Radford. 

The sophomore left-hander, who transferred from Paul VI Catholic over the summer, wrote via Twitter that he had “made the decision to reopen my college recruitment,” 10 months after initially committing to the Charlottesville school. Gagen was 3-2 with a save, a 2.33 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 30 innings with the Panthers this past spring, and joins Brandon Clarke (Alabama) and Bryce Dolby (Virginia Tech) as Division I pitching recruits who are transferring into Loudoun County’s newest school. 

Earlier this summer, he helped his EvoShield Canes travel team win the title at the Perfect Game WWBA 15U National Championship in Georgia. He’s the No. 13-rated recruit in Prep Baseball Report’s ranking of Class of 2022 players in Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

Gagen’s decision comes two months after Patriot senior right-hander Riley Eikhoff decommitted from Virginia. Eikhoff has since made a commitment to Coastal Carolina. The Cavaliers could also lose Potomac Falls lefty Nate Savino, a projected early pick in next year’s Major League Baseball Draft. Bishop O’Connell’s 6-foot-9 senior southpaw Jake Berry is also reportedly on the radar of professional scouts. 

Other area pitchers committed to the Cavaliers include Justice junior lefty Dean Kampschror and St. John’s (D.C.) sophomore righty Jack O’Connor, a resident of Arlington. Justice coach Randy Lightle said tonight that Kampschror had been in touch with the Virginia coaching staff and remains committed to the program. 

Broad Run’s Rebok Commits to Towson

Justin Rebok committed earlier this month to play at Towson, becoming Broad Run’s first Division I recruit since 2017 graduate Zach Buck went on to play at Holy Cross. 

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior right-hander has compiled a 3.72 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 47 innings in 18 appearances over the past two seasons. He also hit .317 with a .408 on-base percentage and 15 RBI this past spring as the Spartans went 16-10 and made their first state tournament appearance since 2011. 

“Justin’s an excellent example of a kid who has worked hard, trusted the process of getting better each day and focused on helping the team win any way he can,” Broad Run coach Tommy Meier wrote via text message.

Rebok plays in the offseason with the Diamond Elite travel program. 

Towson went 14-39 overall and 7-17 in the Colonial Athletic Association this past season. 

Estridge Latest Battlefield Hurler to Commit to Division I Program

Sophomore pitcher Carson Estridge committed earlier today to West Virginia, becoming Battlefield’s sixth Division I pitching recruit since 2016. 

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound right-hander will join juniors Jackson Baird and Cole Snead on a talented young Bobcats pitching staff in the spring. Baird has committed to pitch at George Mason and Snead will pitch at Randolph-Macon. All three pitchers - Estridge, Baird and Snead - play in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program. 

Estridge and Baird join Jake Agnos (East Carolina), James Beasley (Hofstra/George Mason), Keagan McGinnis (Virginia Tech) and Zach Agnos (East Carolina) as recent Battlefield hurlers to pitch at the Division I level. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Bradley Gagen courtesy of Paul VI Baseball, Broad Run’s Justin Rebok by Fred Ingham and Battlefield’s Carson Estridge courtesy of the Marucci Stars


Recruiting Notebook: Longwood Renews NOVA Presence, Lands 3 Area Recruits


August 27 - Longwood, which had landed just one scholarship player from a Northern Virginia school since 2014, has gained the commitment of three area seniors over the past month. 

Committing to the Lancers in recent weeks have been Heritage pitcher and infielder Dylan Saale, Colonial Forge outfielder Aiden Tierney and Riverbend pitcher Aidan Vanvickle. Saale and Vanvickle both play in the offseason with the EvoShield Canes travel program, while Tierney plays for the Marucci Stars. 

Saale, who committed as a pitcher, was 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 28.2 innings and hit .328 with 19 hits, two home runs and 12 RBI in the spring. Tierney was a first-team Class 6 all-state selection after hitting .431 with 25 RBI and helping the Eagles reach the state tournament. Vanvickle, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-hander, has earned second-team All-Commonwealth District honors in each of the past two seasons. 

Longwood was 11-41 overall and 5-22 in the Big South Conference last spring and is entering its sixth year under head coach Ryan Mau. 

Savino, Johnson, Eikhoff Among PBR’s Top 2020 Recruits in New Rankings

Three area players - Potomac Falls lefty Nate Savino, Colgan outfielder Ryley Johnson and Patriot right-hander and infielder Riley Eikhoff - are among the top 15 players in Prep Baseball Report’s latest ranking of the top Virginia and Washington, D.C. players in the Class of 2020. 

Savino, the recruiting service’s No. 6 prospect nationally, remains the top-ranked recruit in Virginia and D.C. The Virginia commit is currently in Taiwan with the USA Baseball 18U National Team as it prepares for the WSBC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea. 

Johnson, who has committed to East Carolina, is ranked No. 6 in the latest rankings, which were released yesterday. Eikhoff, a Coastal Carolina recruit, is ranked No. 11. To view the rankings, click here

Thompson to Join Teammate Dooley at VMI

Jack Thompson has been teammates with Ryan Dooley at South Lakes and during the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program, and now the two seniors will suit up together for four more years in college. 

Thompson, who had his fastball clocked as high as 89 MPH this summer at the Perfect Game WWBA 17U National Championship in Georgia, committed earlier this month to pitch at the Virginia Military Institute. He’ll join Dooley, an All-Region 6D infielder who committed last fall to the Keydets.

VMI, which went 17-41 overall and 9-15 in the Southern Conference under coach Jonathan Hadra, has landed four area players in its 2020 recruiting haul. Also committed to the Keydets are Osbourn Park outfielder Shane Saunders and infielder Jed Barrett. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Colonial Forge’s Aiden Tierney by Jennifer Muhlenbruck, Colgan’s Ryley Johnson by Joey Kamide, and Jack Thompson courtesy of South Lakes Baseball


Recruiting Notebook: Stafford’s Lambros Joins Hokies’ Talented ‘21 Class


August 13 - Virginia Tech continued to add to an already impressive 2021 recruiting haul with last week’s addition of Stafford outfielder Elijah Lambros. 

As a sophomore this spring, Lambros earned first-team Class 5 all-state honors after helping the Indians go 24-3 and win the program’s first state championship. He hit .427 with a team-high 41 hits - including five doubles and four triples - and 18 RBI. He led the Indians in steals (17) and runs scored (25) and struck out just eight times in 108 plate appearances.

The day after winning the state title, Stafford coach Tommy Harrison said Lambros was back at the field, hitting in the batting cage. 

“He put up some great numbers and he’s getting better and better,” Harrison said. “He’s got speed, an arm, range in the outfield. He goes gap-to-gap and he can throw guys out at the plate.”

Lambros joins a Virginia Tech class that includes Page County left-hander T.R. Williams, Ocean Lakes infielder Carson DeMartini and Amherst infielder Christian Martin. All three are rated among Prep Baseball Report’s top 10 recruits in the ‘21 class in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Indians’ 6-foot-1, 190-pound leadoff man, who plays in the offseason with the Richmond Braves travel program, has been reportedly clocked as low as 6.40 in the 60-yard-dash and as high as 90 MPH on throws from the outfield. Harrison credits the Hokies coaching staff for landing a talent that had begun to garner the attention of Top 25 programs and he feels could one day be a draft pick. 

“He’s got tools that you can’t teach,” Harrison said. “He finds the barrel no matter what the pitch is, and that impresses me and I think it’s impressed everybody else. 

“He’s a great kid and he wants to perform at a high level.”

Savino’s Busy Summer Continues in California

Nate Savino started and struck out two in his scoreless inning at the Perfect Game All-American Classic on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego. 

The Potomac Falls left-hander had his fastball reach 95 MPH and his slider “was one of the better pitches of the night, getting a number of swings and misses on the offering,” Perfect Game wrote on its game recap. 

Savino’s busy summer has also included appearances in Major League Baseball’s Prospect Development Pipeline League in Florida, the High School All-Star Game as part of MLB’s All-Star festivities in Cleveland, and the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He is now in Irvine, CA for the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials. 

A two-time NOVA Nine Team member, Savino is Perfect Game’s No. 4-rated recruit nationally in the Class of 2020. The southpaw, who has committed to Virginia but is expected to be taken early in next year’s MLB Draft, has totaled 180 strikeouts to 32 walks and compiled a 0.73 ERA in 86.1 innings over the past two seasons at Potomac Falls. 

Savino plays in the offseason with the Diamond Elite travel program. 

George Mason Lands 1st ‘21 Recruit in Battlefield’s Baird

Battlefield pitcher Jackson Baird became George Mason’s first commitment from the 2021 class, as the 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander announced his decision via Twitter on Aug. 3. 

Baird was 3-0 with a 1.68 ERA and had 27 strikeouts to seven walks in 20.1 innings as the Bobcats went 18-5 and won the Cedar Run District championship before falling to Westfield in the Region 6D semifinals. He also hit .268 with 12 RBI. 

“[He] really pitched well and a lot towards the end,” Battlefield coach Jay Burkhart wrote this morning. 

This summer, Baird’s recruiting stock quickly rose while with his Marucci Stars travel team and he had his fastball clocked as high as 88 MPH on the showcase circuit. He recorded nine strikeouts to just one walk over 7.2 scoreless innings in his two outings at the Perfect Game WWBA 16U National Championship last month. 

At George Mason, his pitching coach will be Shawn Camp, who served in the same capacity at Battlefield from 2015-19. The Patriots went 19-35 overall and 5-19 in the Atlantic-10 Conference this past spring under longtime coach Bill Brown. 

Photos, clockwise from left, of Stafford’s Elijah Lambros by Kurt Steigerwald, Potomac Falls’ Nate Savino courtesy of Perfect Game, and Battlefield’s Jackson Baird by Fred Ingham


Pro Notebook: Royals Prospect Lee Racing Through Texas League


August 7 - Khalil Lee is second among all minor leaguers in stolen bases as the former Flint Hill standout continues his rise through the Kansas City Royals’ farm system. 

The 2016 third-round pick is healthy after he was limited last year by a back injury, and the dynamic left-handed hitting outfielder is posting his best professional season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Lee, 21, entered the day hitting .263 with a .372 on-base percentage, 27 extra-base hits, 47 RBI and his 43 steals are second only to teammate Nick Heath among all minor league players. 

"I've always been a base stealer," Lee told MiLB.com last month. "I think just this year I really figured out when good times are to run, and being able to pick up on little, key things from pitchers and being able to get a good jump and run."

The 2016 NOVA Nine Team member is ranked No. 4 among Royals prospects by MLBPipeline. 

Rizzo Continues Best Pro Season, Records 10th 3-Hit Game

Joe Rizzo (Oakton) is having his best pro season at Advanced-A Modesto, and on Thursday the former Seattle Mariners second round pick had his 10th three-hit game of the year. 

Rizzo, 21, entered the day hitting .283 with 47 RBI in 105 games. He had a 13-game hitting streak in June and was batting over .300 as recently as July 7. Currently rated as Seattle’s No. 20 prospect by MLBPipeline, the left-handed swinging third baseman has shown the most improvement with his power - he’s tied for fourth in the California League with 25 doubles and has a career-high eight homers. 

A two-time NOVA Nine Team member, Rizzo was our Player of the Year in 2015 when he hit .606 with seven homers and 25 RBI. He was taken 50th overall by Seattle after his senior year in 2016.

Zombro Continues Impressive Campaign at Double-A Montgomery

Tyler Zombro wasn’t drafted out of George Mason University, and he’s been out to prove everyone wrong since. 

Signed by Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2017, the right-hander fared well enough to be invited back for a second professional season last year. He impressed, going 8-2 with a 2.84 ERA in 76 innings over 33 relief appearances at Single-A Bowling Green. 

This year, Zombro has been one of the top relievers in the Double-A Southern League and earned a brief promotion to Triple-A Durham. He entered the day 2-0 with eight saves, a 1.79 ERA and 31 appearances at Montgomery, continuing to be one of the biggest surprises in one of baseball’s top farm systems. 

Zombro, a native of Staunton, is one of the most-decorated pitchers in George Mason history. He ranks first in program history in innings (318.1) and walks per nine innings (1.47), second in starts (46), victories (23) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings (4.35), and third in strikeouts (226).  

Photos of, clockwise from left, Khalil Lee courtesy of MiLB.com, Joe Rizzo courtesy of MiLB.com, and Tyler Zombro courtesy of Bowling Green Hot Rods


College Notebook: Thomas’ Homer Caps Big Summer With Big Train


August 5 - Matt Thomas hit a three-run homer to spark a late rally in last week’s deciding Game 3 of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League championship series as the Bethesda Big Train won its fourth consecutive title. 

Thomas, a member of the 2018 NOVA Nine Team as a senior at Lake Braddock and a rising sophomore at William & Mary, launched a one-strike offering over the left field wall to draw the Big Train to within 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning against the visiting Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Bethesda would score three more times to provide the final 6-4 margin. 

The homer came in the final at-bat of a productive summer for Thomas, who hit .370 with 51 hits, nine doubles and 48 RBI in 41 games. During the regular season, he led the CRCBL in RBI (43), was second in hits (45), third in average (.366) and tied for eighth in doubles (7). The Big Train (34-8) are tied for sixth in the Collegiate Summer Baseball Record Top 25 ranking of the top teams from the country’s 32 summer collegiate leagues. 

Also finishing among the CRCBL offensive leaders was Alexandria Aces outfielder Scotty Morgan (Woodbridge), who connected on a league-high nine home runs while hitting .314 with 29 RBI. FCA Braves right-hander Jack Cone (South County) went 3-2 and led all qualifying pitchers with a 2.70 ERA in 36.2 innings. His 44 strikeouts ranked third, just behind Aces righty Jared Lyons (West Springfield), who finished second with 45 strikeouts and a 2.85 ERA in 28.1 innings. 

McDyre Helps Charlottesville Reach VBL Championship Series

Trey McDyre (Loudoun Valley) had eight RBI over six playoff games to help the Charlottesville TomSox reach the best-of-three Valley Baseball League championship series against the Strasburg Express. 

A rising senior infielder at Liberty, McDyre hit .325 with 39 hits, five doubles, three homers and 19 RBI in 32 regular season games. In Charlottesville’s semifinal series with the Staunton Braves, he had three hits in a 9-7 win in Game 2 and drove in two runs in a 10-2 win in the deciding Game 3. 

The championship series opened tonight in Strasburg. Game 2 is tomorrow in Charlottesville, with a Game 3 if necessary back in Strasburg on Thursday. 

Trio of Ludowig, Menendez, Stewart Hope to Get Harwich to Championship Series in Cape Cod

The Harwich Mariners are one win from reaching the Cape Cod League championship series, and three area players have played a role during the postseason run. 

Michael Ludowig (Briar Woods), the 2017 NOVA Nine Player of the Year, drew a walk and had a stolen base in Harwich’s 5-1 win over Yarmouth-Dennis last night in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal series. The outfielder is hitting .256 with 23 hits in 28 games. 

Ludowig’s teammate at Wake Forest, sidearmer Antonio Menendez (Herndon), struck out seven over six scoreless innings as the Mariners completed a two-game sweep of Chatham with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Menendez has posted a 3.09 ERA with 32 strikeouts to 10 walks in 35 innings this summer. 

Nick Stewart (Rock Ridge) pitched two innings of relief behind Menendez on Saturday, and the James Madison right-hander has posted a 4.67 ERA with 34 strikeouts to nine walks in 27 innings. 

Sponsor: The magazine’s College Notebook is sponsored by the R&D Baseball Academy in Herndon. For more information on the academy, visit www.rdbaseballacademy.com.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Matt Thomas by Mark Briscoe, Trey McDyre courtesy of Charlottesville TomSox and Antonio Menendez courtesy of Harwich Mariners


Recruiting Notebook: Mason Adds Stieg, Miles to 2020 Class


August 3 - George Mason doubled its 2020 recruiting class this week, adding McLean outfielder Drew Stieg and Woodgrove infielder Wyatt Miles. 

Stieg was a second-team All-Region 6D selection after hitting .408 with 31 hits, eight doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI while helping the Highlanders win the Liberty District championship. His younger brother, Griffin, committed to Virginia Tech this spring and earned first-team all-region honors as a freshman. 

Both brothers play in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program. Miles, who hit .286 with six extra-base hits and six RBI for the Wolverines this spring, plays with the EvoShield Canes.

Stieg and Miles join a Patriots class that includes Centreville outfielder Thomas Trinca and Kellam outfielder Jordan Smith. George Mason was 19-35 overall and 5-19 in the Atlantic-10 Conference this season under longtime coach Bill Brown. 

Eikhoff Commits to Coastal Carolina in Busy Final Week of Recruiting Period

Ryley Eikhoff (Patriot), who decommitted from Virginia earlier this summer, announced via his twitter handle on Thursday that he will play at Coastal Carolina. 

The commitment of Eikhoff concludes a busy final week of the NCAA’s summer recruiting calendar for area players. 

Virginia Tech, which has committed over a dozen players in both the 2019-20 classes and has eight recruits already in its 2021 class, added two area rising sophomores in Woodbridge infielder Carter Newman and Colgan right-hander Ryan Kennedy. They join a Blacksburg-bound class that also includes right-hander Bryce Dolby (Paul VI Cathoic) and outfielder Griffin Stieg (McLean). 

Four other area rising seniors also made commitments to Division I programs this week: West Potomac lefty Adam Fischer to William & Mary, Brentsville District righty Vince DiMauro to High Point, Heritage righty Dylan Saale to Longwood and Loudoun County catcher Sean Garvin to Mount St. Mary’s. 

Stafford’s Lambros Shines at PBR’s Futures Games in Georgia

After helping Stafford win the Class 5 state championship in June, first-team all-state outfielder Elijah Lambros has posted a successful campaign on the summer recruiting circuit. 

That has continued this week at Prep Baseball Report’s Futures Games in Georgia. 

Lambros, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound rising junior who plays with the Richmond Braves travel program during the offseason, posted a 6.69 60-yard dash and was clocked at 90 MPH on a throw from the outfield during the event’s first day of showcasing on Wednesday. Games started on Thursday and right-hander Nathan Knowles (Yorktown) flashed a fastball that topped at 88 MPH. Yesterday, catcher J.T. Carter (Fredericksburg Christian) homered and Lambros turned heads with a running catch in the gap and also had a hit. 

Lambros, Knowles, Carter and outfielder Ryan Cuadros (Lake Braddock) are playing for Team Mid-Atlantic, while right-hander Wyatt Shenkman (Riverside) is playing for Team Select. 

Over 200 colleges are reported as being represented at the four-day event, which is being held at the LakePoint facility in Cartersville, GA.

NCAA’s Condensed Fall Recruiting Period to Debut Next Month

After a quiet period from Aug. 19 to Sept. 12, the NCAA’s fall recruiting contact period will run from Sept. 13 to Oct. 13. 

The adjusted window for Division I and Division II college coaches to travel to watch potential recruits and have contact with those players is more than three weeks shorter than in previous years. It comes as part of changes implemented to relieve stress placed upon college coaches, who are also with their teams for practices and scrimmages during the fall. 

During a contact period, players are able to take unofficial and official visits and coaches are able to have home visits or other in-person meetings off campus, evaluate players at high school and travel/showcase competition, make phone calls and send letters and emails. 

Following the four-week contact period, there will be a quiet period through February with short dead periods in the middle of November and early January. During a quiet period, players are able to take visits and coaches are able to make calls and send letters and emails but not attend competition for evaluation. That is also the case during a dead period, when only calls, letters and emails are allowed and campus visits can occur but without a meeting with a coach.

The same rules don’t apply for Division III coaches, who are unable to offer athletic scholarships.

Photos of Drew Stieg, left, by Joey Kamide and Riley Eikhoff, right, by Fred Ingham


Pro Notebook: Snyder Among Minor League Leaders in Home Runs


July 30 - While the Washington Nationals make their push for a fifth postseason appearance in eight seasons, former Westfield star Brandon Snyder is across the country putting together his best professional season at the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, CA. 

Snyder, 32, homered for the second straight game and for the fourth time in seven contests in the Fresno Grizzlies’ 10-6 loss to Reno on Sunday and he enters the day tied for ninth among all minor leaguers in home runs this year. The third baseman is hitting .278 with a .330 on-base percentage, 21 doubles, 26 homers and 68 RBI in 88 games. Three players are tied with 29 homers to lead all minor leaguers. 

As he eyes an opportunity to suit up for his hometown team - Snyder has appeared in the Major Leagues with Baltimore, Texas, Boston, Atlanta and Tampa Bay - the versatile 6-foot-2, 225-pound former first round pick is closing in on former Chantilly and University of Virginia standout Joe Koshansky for the most minor league home runs among Northern Virginia natives. Snyder has 182 career homers, 173 coming in the minors.

Koshansky hit 189 homers from 2004-11 with three organizations, mostly with Colorado. Of those, 186 came in the minor leagues, most of them while relegated to Triple-A behind the Rockies’ All-Star first baseman, Todd Helton. Koshansky had three minor league seasons in which he topped 30 homers and 100 RBI. 

Sborz Recalled by Dodgers, Records 1st Career Strikeout

Josh Sborz (McLean) was recalled by Los Angeles yesterday and pitched the final two innings in the Dodgers’ 9-1 loss in Colorado. 

Sborz made his Major League debut last month with the Dodgers, but was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City after just one appearance. Sborz takes the spot in Los Angeles’ bullpen previously held by Jaime Schultz, who was sent down after surrendering four runs on five hits in two innings in an 11-4 loss at Washington on Sunday. 

After pitching a scoreless seventh in which he recorded his first career strikeout, the 25-year-old right-hander surrendered three runs in the eighth on a two-run homer to David Dahl and an RBI double to Daniel Murphy. Sborz is 3-3 with two saves, a 4.54 ERA and 51 strikeouts to just nine walks over 37.2 innings in 34 relief appearances at Oklahoma City.  

Scrubb Traded to Houston, Assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi

Andre Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) was traded last week from Los Angeles to Houston for first baseman Tyler White. 

The move was made after Kiké Hernandez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a hand injury, and White will be utilized as an option off the bench against left-handed pitchers. He was hitting .225 with three homers and 21 RBI in 71 games with the Astros after hitting .276 with 12 homers and 42 RBI in 66 games last year. 

Scrubb, 24, had compiled a 2.45 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 23 walks in 47.2 innings over 29 outings at Double-A Tulsa. Since the trade, he’s made two scoreless relief appearances at Double-A Corpus Christi. 

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Photos of, clockwise from left, Brandon Snyder courtesy of Fresno Grizzlies, Josh Sborz courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers, and Andre Scrubb courtesy of Tulsa World