Recruiting Notebook: Forest Park’s Boone to Play at VCU


July 17 - Forest Park infielder Griffin Boone committed yesterday to play at Virginia Commonwealth University, announcing his intention via Twitter. 

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound shortstop helped the Bruins advance to the Region 6C semifinals before falling to West Springfield this past spring after playing a key role in Forest Park’s run to the Cardinal District championship in 2018.

Boone is a two-time first-team all-district selection, hitting .449 with 31 hits, 20 runs and eight RBI as a sophomore and .326 with a .545 on-base percentage, 15 hits, 20 runs, and 11 RBI despite missing four games with a knee injury this year. He was hit by a pitch 10 times and drew 13 walks.

He will follow two area players, right-hander Hunter Bell (Centreville) and catcher Nick Ericsson (C.D. Hylton), who were part of VCU’s 2019 recruiting class. This past season, the Rams rostered three players from Northern Virginia schools - third baseman Brett Norwood (Chantilly), right-hander Sam Ryan (Fairfax) and catcher Matt Stallings (West Springfield) - who helped them go 39-19 under coach Shawn Stiffler. 

Boone’s commitment continues a busy recruiting period for members of the Marucci Stars travel program. Six Stars players have committed to Division I programs this summer, including rising seniors Boone as well as Colgan left-hander Everett Catlett (Georgetown), Potomac catcher/pitcher Braden Mack (Cornell), McLean right-hander Teddy Merritt (High Point) and Osbourn Park infielder Jed Barrett (Virginia Military Institute) and one rising junior in Madison outfielder Collin Tuft (Virginia). 

Freedom’s Cook, Rock Ridge’s Clarke Among PBR’s Top ‘21 Recruits

Two-way standout Casey Cook (Freedom-South Riding) and left-hander Brandon Clarke (Rock Ridge) are among the state’s top 10 players in Prep Baseball Report’s latest Class of 2021 rankings, released last week. 

Cook is ranked No. 3 and Clarke is No. 5 in the updated rankings. Jay Woolfork from Richmond’s Benedictine is PBR’s top-rated player from schools in Virginia and Washington, D.C. 

Cook, a shortstop and right-handed pitcher who has committed to North Carolina, hit .465 with a .545 on-base percentage, 20 hits, 14 RBI and 10 stolen bases before an injury cut his season short. He plays with the Marucci Stars travel program during the offseason. Clarke, who has reportedly had his fastball clocked as high as 89 MPH, remains uncommitted. He is playing this summer for the North Carolina-based Dirtbags travel program.  

Local Players Invited to PBR’s Futures Games in Georgia

Four area players have accepted invitations to attend Prep Baseball Report’s Futures Games at the LakePoint facility in Cartersville, GA, an event that drew over 250 college coaches last summer. 

Stafford outfielder Elijah Lambros, Yorktown right-hander Nathan Knowles, Lake Braddock outfielder Ryan Cuadros and Fredericksburg Christian catcher J.T. Carter will be among the uncommitted rising juniors and select rising sophomores invited to attend the event. 

From July 31 to Aug. 3, the four players will play three games and participate in a showcase workout that includes a 60-yard-dash, batting practice and defensive evaluations. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Griffin Boone by Joey Kamide, Freedom’s Casey Cook by Joey Kamide, and Lake Braddock’s Ryan Cuadros by Gregg Zelkin


College Notebook: Harwich's Menendez Hits Stride in Cape Cod League


July 15 - After a rough first outing in the Cape Cod League, Antonio Melendez rebounded and has posted consecutive quality starts for the Harwich Mariners. 

The Herndon graduate, a rising junior at Wake Forest, scattered five hits and allowed one run over 6.1 innings in Harwich’s 2-0 loss to the Cotuit Kettleers on Thursday. In his previous start, he scattered two hits while striking out eight and walking one in six innings in a 6-4 win over the Brewster Whitecaps on July 4. 

Menendez enters the day having compiled a 3.43 ERA with 18 strikeouts to five walks in 18.1 innings. The right-hander, who throws from a sidearm angle, has surrendered just three runs over 17.1 innings after surrendering four in one frame in his debut on June 10 against the Falmouth Commodores. 

Two of Menendez’ teammates with Harwich, James Madison right-hander Nick Stewart (Rock Ridge) and Wake Forest outfielder Michael Ludowig (Briar Woods), have had mixed results this summer.  

Stewart has flashed the ability that has enabled him to post a 2.79 ERA in 135.1 innings over his two seasons with the Dukes - recording 19 strikeouts to just two walks - but two rough outings has ballooned his ERA to 6.75 in 14.2 innings. Ludowig cooled off after a fast start, but the 2017 NOVA Nine Player of the Year may be heating up again after going 3-for-7 in two games over the weekend. He’s hitting .250 in 64 at-bats. 

Three other pitchers from Northern Virginia, William & Mary’s Wade Strain (Lake Braddock) and Chris Farrell (Flint Hill) and Virginia’s Kyle Whitten (Osbourn Park) have struggled in the nation’s premier summer collegiate league. Strain was released by Harwich after just one outing, permitting four runs (three earned) on seven hits over four innings in a 4-1 loss to Bourne on June 17. Whitten is 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA and eight strikeouts to 10 walks in 11.2 innings with Hyannis, and Farrell is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA and 11 strikeouts to 17 walks in 15 innings with Cotuit. 

Big Train’s Colangelo Inducted With Inaugural Cal Ripken League Hall of Fame

Sal Colangelo, a 1991 graduate of Potomac who later played at Virginia Tech, was inducted last week as one of the five members in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s inaugural class. 

Since being hired as the manager of the Big Train in 2005, he has guided the league’s premier club to five outright championships and a share of two others. He entered the day with a 430-176 record as Bethesda’s manager. 

Colangelo, who set a Potomac single-season record with 52 stolen bases en route to second-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post in 1991, served as an assistant at Christopher Newport University and then with the Panthers and Big Train from 1999-2004. 

Also inducted were the league’s two co-founders, Bruce Adams and Dean Albany, as as well as current Major Leaguers Brett Cecil and Brian Dozier. Cecil, who attended Maryland, played with the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in 2005 and was a first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007. He’s currently in his 10th year in the big leagues as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals. Dozier, the Washington Nationals’ second baseman, played with the Big Train in 2006 following his freshman year at Southern Mississippi. 

Madison Grad Cassady Hired as Assistant at Roanoke

Cam Cassady, a 2009 graduate of Madison, was hired earlier this month as an assistant coach at Roanoke College. 

Cassady has spent the past four seasons as an assistant at Richmond’s Benedictine, which has won the pasty two Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state championships. He played for two seasons at Roanoke, hitting .307 in 65 games in 2013-14. 

Roanoke was 21-18 this spring under coach Matt McGuire, fielding a roster with 16 players from Northern Virginia schools. The Maroons won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the Division III College World Series in 2018. 

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Photos of, clockwise from left, Antonio Menendez courtesy of Harwich Mariners, Sal Colangelo by Mark Briscoe and Cam Cassady courtesy of Benedictine Baseball


Travel Notebook: Snyder Bucks Runner-up at Diamond Nation World Series 


July 13 - The Snyder Bucks 17U won their first six games before falling in last night’s championship game at the Diamond Nation World Series in Flemington, N.J. 

Ed Wagner (Highland School) struck out five over 4.1 innings and Adam Dressler (Highland School) and Jakob Dudley (Culpeper County) combined for 2.2 scoreless innings in relief in a 5-2 win over Pennsylvania’s LVBA Prospects in the semifinals yesterday afternoon. The win was the team’s eighth straight. 

In the final, the Bucks fell behind early against All Out Baseball when the New Jersey club reached starter Blake Fisher (Highland School) for five runs before chasing him with two outs in the second inning. Evan Evans (Highland School) and Tyler Kaltreider (Highland School) pitched well in relief to keep the Bucks in the game, but they were unable to rally. 

Andrew Yoon (Jefferson) reached in all seven games at the tournament, hitting .517 (8-for-14) with two walks, four doubles and three RBI. In pool play, Jacob Lawler (Battlefield) went the distance in a 4-3 win over the Northtown (N.Y.) Nationals, Tanner Ray (Colgan) struck out six while allowing one unearned run in 6.1 innings in a 4-1 win over New Jersey’s Hustle Baseball Academy. Declan Downey (Kettle Run) pitched five scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over New York’s Crusaders Baseball Club in the opening round of bracket play on Thursday. 

Locals Help Molina Stars to Quarterfinals at Perfect Game WWBA 16U Championship

Several area players helped the Molina Stars advance to the quarterfinals at the Perfect Game WWBA 16U National Championship in Georgia this week. 

The Stars, who had 12 players from Northern Virginia on their 20-man roster, went 7-0 in pool play and beat New Jersey’s Tri-State Arsenal Scout Team, 3-2, on a two-run walk-off single by James Triantos to begin bracket play on Thursday. They would use a five-run fifth inning to beat Memphis (TN) Tigers Griggs, 6-2, before having their run end on Thursday evening with a 2-0 loss to Georgia’s Team Elite 16U Scout Team, the eventual tournament champion. 

Triantos, a rising sophomore at Washington, D.C.’s St. John’s who has committed to North Carolina, hit .320 (8-for-25) with three doubles and 11 RBI and recorded 11 strikeouts while allowing three runs in 8.2 innings over his two outings. Warren Holzemer (Robinson) hit .417 (10-for-24) with three doubles, a triple, seven RBI and scored 10 runs, while Evan Smith (Briar Woods), a West Virginia recruit, hit .389 (7-for-18) with eight runs and four RBI. Connor Hale (Broad Run) hit .320 (8-for-25) with a double, three triples, six RBI and eight runs and Danny Salisbury (Annandale) hit .350 (7-for-20) with four RBI. Collin Tuft (Madison), a Virginia recruit, added seven hits. 

On the mound, Hale struck out 10 while walking five and permitting two runs (one earned) over 11 innings. He went the distance in Thursday’s quarterfinal, taking a hard-luck loss after allowing two runs (one earned) in six frames. Dean Kampschror (Justice), a Virginia commit, fanned 10 with six walks while allowing four runs (two earned) in 10.2 innings. Salisbury and Nathan Williams (Forest Park) also pitched well, combining to allow just one unearned run while striking out 13 in 12.1 innings. 

Marucci Stars’ Jensen Swings Hot Bat in Georgia

Max Jensen (Lake Braddock) had hits in all seven games for Marucci Stars Thompson at the Perfect Game 16U WWBA National Championship in Georgia. 

The leadoff man finished the tournament 9-for-15 with three walks, a home run, five RBI and six runs as the Stars finished 3-4. He had two multi-hit games. The Stars had three teams at the event, with the program going a combined 8-10-3. 

Sponsor: The magazine’s Travel Notebook is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League. For more information on the NVTBL, visit its website at www.nvtblbaseball.org.

Photo of Andrew Yoon courtesy of Snyder Bucks


Travel Notebook: Balsis, Eldridge Selected to USA Baseball 15U National Team Trials


July 5 - Two area players, Mason Balsis and Bryce Eldridge, were among the 72 who were named by USA Baseball to participate in Phase I of the 15U National Team Trials in Cary, N.C., from July 26-28.

Balsis, a catcher who has committed to the University of Virginia and who lettered as a freshman this spring at Osbourn Park, earned an invitation after participating in USA Baseball’s National Team Identification Series last fall. Eldridge, a 6-foot-6, 184-pound rising freshman pitcher and corner infielder at Madison, was invited after participating in an identification event last month. 

Balsis and Eldridge will be competing to be among the 34 players selected for Phase II of the Trials beginning on July 29 and ultimately to be selected for the final 20-man roster. The 15U National Team will train in Houston, TX, from Sept. 6-10 before participating in the COPABE U-15 Pan-American Championships from Sept. 13-22 in Mexico. 

Both players are members of the Marucci Stars travel program during the offseason. 

Carroll’s Loaded Stars Club Opens With Win at Perfect Game 16U National Championship

Longtime area travel and showcase coach Carson Carroll has one of his deepest Marucci Stars teams this summer, and his club opened the Perfect Game WWBA 16U National Championship with a 9-4 win over New Jersey’s Sportika Gallagher Elite earlier today in Georgia. 

The team is headlined by two-way standout Nick Lottchea (Westfield), the lone sophomore member of this year’s NOVA Nine Team. Another two-way threat is Casey Cook (Freedom-South Riding), who has committed to play at North Carolina and was 2-for-3 today in his first game back from an injury suffered in the spring. Oakton’s Nick Morgan, the team’s leading hitter this summer, was also 2-for-3 in today’s win. 

Three players who helped key Lake Braddock’s run to the Class 6 state championship - outfielder Ryan Cuadros and left-handers Andrew Schaeb and Mike Weidinger - will also play big roles should the Stars make a run at the week-long tournament. Other pitchers to watch include right-handers Nathan Knowles (Yorktown) and Connor Kolarov (Freedom-South Riding) and lefties Casey Bach (Centreville) and Everett Catlett (Colgan), the lone rising senior on the team. 

Each of the 392 teams at the tournament play seven pool play games, with the 49 pool winners advancing to elimination play. The Stars’ biggest competition in their pool will likely be tomorrow’s opponent, the West Florida Scorpions Select, as well as Team Georgia National, who they will face on Sunday night. 

Eikhoff Helps Canes Win Perfect Game WWBA 17U National Title

Riley Eikhoff (Patriot) earned the win in yesterday’s quarterfinals and his EvoShield Canes National team went on to win the title earlier today at the Perfect Game WWBA National Championship in Cartersville, GA. 

The right-hander scattered three hits and surrendered one run over four innings in a 3-1 quarterfinal win over Rawlings Arkansas Prospects Menard yesterday and finished the tournament with nine strikeouts while allowing one run in eight innings over his two starts. 

Earlier today, the Canes beat Florida’s Ostingers Baseball Academy, 15-0, in the semifinals and Dallas Patriots Stout, 8-3, in the final. They went 12-0 at the tournament and are 29-2 this summer. 

Two teams with several local players, the EvoShield Canes North and Richmond Braves National, advanced through their pools to elimination play before losing in the opening round. 

Rostered with the Canes were Kristian Asbury (Robinson), Justin Bassett (West Potomac), Nathan Cmeyla (Briar Woods), Paul Glenchur (Bishop O’Connell), Wyatt Miles (Woodgrove), Shane Saunders (Osbourn Park), Joey Thomas (Flint Hill) and Aidan Vanvickle (Riverbend). And playing with the Braves were Jake Berry (Bishop O’Connell), Thomas Latham (Chantilly), Vince DiMauro (Brentsville District), Chris Polymeropoulos (Madison), Tucker Sullivan (Stafford) and Jacob Weaver (Briar Woods). 

Photo of Mason Balsis by Bethany Balsis


Pro Notebook: Parker Returns to Major Leagues With Angels


July 5 - Jarrett Parker is back in the Major Leagues, the outfielder promoted earlier this week by the Los Angeles Angels.

Parker, a 2007 graduate of Colonial Forge, entered as a defensive replacement for Justin Upton in a 6-2 win at the Texas Rangers on Wednesday and flew out in his lone at-bat. Yesterday, he got the start in left field and went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 9-3 loss. 

His latest big league stint comes 21 months after he last played with the San Francisco Giants. The 30-year-old began the 2017 season as San Francisco’s starting left fielder, but had his campaign derailed by a broken collarbone suffered when he slammed into the outfield wall at Oracle Park that April. He was out of baseball last year while working back to full health.

Prior to being called up, Parker was having a big season at Triple-A Salt Lake, hitting .296 with a .424 on-base percentage, 12 doubles, 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 64 games. 

Agnos Sharp in Debut With Staten Island

Jake Agnos (Battlefield) was sharp in his debut with short-season Single-A Staten Island, making the start and striking out five without allowing a hit over three scoreless innings in a 5-2 win over Tri-City on Wednesday. 

A fourth-round draft pick last month by the New York Yankees, Agnos issued a two-out walk in the first inning before retiring the final seven batters he faced. He struck out the side in the second and finished with 42 pitches, 27 for strikes. “[Agnos] was 90-92 MPH with his fastball,” wrote Robert Pimpsner of Pinstripe Prospects. 

Agnos made his professional debut last week with one of the club’s affiliates in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits while fanning six in two innings. The left-hander had an All-American campaign this spring at East Carolina University, going 11-3 with a 2.29 ERA and setting school and American Athletic Conference single-season records with 145 strikeouts in 102 innings. 

Scrubb Continues Impressive Campaign at Double-A Tulsa

Now in his fourth professional season, Andre Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) has been one of the top relievers in the Double-A Texas League. 

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound right-hander enters the day 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 24 relief appearances with Tulsa. He has 48 strikeouts to 20 walks in 41 innings, and opposing batters are hitting just .195 against him. 

Scrubb has posted an ERA of 2.86 or better in each of his four minor league campaigns since the Los Angeles Dodgers took him in the eighth round from High Point University in 2016.

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Photos, clockwise from left, of Jarrett Parker courtesy of Associated Press, Jake Agnos by Robert Pimpsner, and Andre Scrubb courtesy of MiLB.com.


Recruiting Notebook: Warhawks’ Schultz to Pitch at College of Charleston


July 1 - Madison’s Michael Schultz committed last night to pitch at the College of Charleston, Warhawks coach Mark ‘Pudge’ Gjormand announced via his Twitter account. 

A 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-hander, Schultz made 10 relief appearances as a junior this spring for Madison (16-6), going 1-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 13 strikeouts to 12 walks in 15.1 innings. He will be tasked with a larger role on Gjormand’s pitching staff next spring following the graduation of the Warhawks’ top three arms in Matt Howat, Josh Gjormand and Zach Perkins. 

Schultz plays for the Richmond Braves travel program and had his fastball clocked at 89 MPH at the Perfect Game WWBA 17U National Championship in Georgia over the weekend. He will become the fifth Madison pitcher since 2015 to pitch at the Division I level, joining Brian Eckert (Radford), Matt Favero (Brigham Young/George Mason), Jake Nielsen (Brigham Young) and Howat (William & Mary). 

The College of Charleston went 36-21 this past season under coach Chad Holbrook, who was in his second season with the program after spending the previous five years as the head coach at South Carolina. 

Osbourn Park’s Saunders Commits to VMI

Shane Saunders (Osbourn Park), a two-time All-Region 6D outfielder, committed earlier today to play at the Virginia Military Institute. He made his intention to commit to the Keydets via his Twitter account.

Saunders hit .477 with a .596 on-base percentage, 31 hits, 10 extra-base hits, 10 RBI, 27 runs and was 27-for-27 on stolen base attempts this spring.

“Truly excited to announce my commitment to play baseball and further my academic career at [VMI],” Saunders posted on Twitter. “I’m excited to hit the field as a Keydet.”

Battlefield Grad Tyler Solomon Transfers to William & Mary

Tyler Solomon (Battlefield) announced his intention two weeks ago to transfer to the College of William & Mary after one season at Florida Southwestern College, where the 6-foot-5, 225-pound switch-hitting first baseman his .185 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 54 games. 

Solomon was a two-time all-region selection and helped the Bobcats reach the Class 6 state final in 2016. He spent his freshman season at Vanderbilt before transferring to the junior college. At William & Mary, he’ll join a recruiting class that includes three incoming freshmen from local schools in left-handers Matt Howat (Madison) and Brody Mack (Potomac) and infielder Ben Williamson (Freedom-South Riding). 

Eikhoff, Berry Impress on Summer Recruiting Circuit

After decommitting from the University of Virginia last month, right-hander Riley Eikhoff (Patriot) has spent the first half of the summer recruiting circuit gaining the attention of college coaches. 

Last month at the Perfect Game National Showcase at Chase Field in Phoenix, the rising senior had his fastball reach 91 MPH while posting a 6.97 in the 60-yard dash. He topped at the same velocity in his first outing at the Perfect Game WWBA 17U National Championship on Friday in Cartersville, GA, striking out seven over four scoreless innings as his EvoShield Canes National team beat Georgia’s Scoutz USA, 3-2, in their first pool play game. 

Eikhoff was featured in Perfect Game’s scout blog: “He worked with a higher leg kick while keeping his weight on his backside before transitioning into his delivery. Eikhoff hid the ball well from a high three-quarters arm slot while working both sides of the plate. His fastball sat 88-90 while touching 91 with some arm-side run. He also worked with a slider-type curveball that sat in the upper-70s that showed little depth but great 2-8 run with a good changeup in the lower-80s that had late break.”

Jake Berry (Bishop O’Connell) has also impressed this summer with his Richmond Braves National team. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound lefty, a Virginia recruit, also topped at 91 at the National Showcase in Arizona last week. He was up to 86 over scoreless innings in Friday’s 2-0 win over Antonelli Baseball from Massachusetts and was also highlighted in Perfect Game’s scout blog. 

“[Berry] did not quite have the same velocity as he showed in Phoenix, but the overall projection and the noted velocity that has been shown in recent memory is definitely noteworthy,” the blog noted. “His extension on the mound as well as his ability to create an extremely steep plane to the plate makes him a tough lefty arm to go up against as a hitter.”

Photos of, clockwise from Madison’s Michael Schultz by Albert Jacquez, Riley Eikhoff courtesy of EvoShield Canes, and Tyler Solomon courtesy of Florida Southwestern Athletics


Pro Notebook: Bukauskas to Pitch in Futures Game over MLB All-Star Break


June 28 - J.B. Bukauskas has been selected to pitch in Major League Baseball’s Futures Game over the All-Star break next weekend in Cleveland. 

The Stone Bridge graduate, a first round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 2017, will suit up for the American League team managed by Jim Thomas against a team of National League prospects managed by Omar Vizquel. The game is scheduled for July 7 at 7 p.m.

Bukauskas, 22, has had an up-and-down first half at Double-A Corpus Christi - he’s 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA with 69 strikeouts to 39 walks in 57.1 innings - but the right-hander remains on track as he progresses through Houston’s farm system. He is rated as the organization’s No. 5 prospect by MLB Pipeline, which lists him as the No. 98 overall prospect in baseball. 

Courtland Grad McBroom Selected to Triple-A All-Star Game

Ryan McBroom (Courtland) is having another All-Star season in the minor leagues, earning a spot in the Triple-A midsummer classic, it was announced yesterday. 

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound first baseman entered the day hitting .316, sixth in the International League, with 19 doubles, 16 home runs and 36 RBI in 67 games at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

His selection to the game, which will be held on July 10 in Reno, NV, marks the fourth time in five years he’s been selected to an All-Star Game. He earned honors in the Single-A Midwestern League in 2015 en route to league Most Valuable Player honors, then was named to the Advanced-A Florida State League game in 2016 and to the Double-A Eastern League game in 2017. 

Rizzo Extends Hit Streak to 9 After Playing in California League All-Star Game

Joe Rizzo (Oakton) played in the Advanced-A California League All-Star Game on June 18, and he hasn’t gone a game without a hit since. 

The magazine’s NOVA Nine Player of the Year in 2015, Rizzo is having his best professional campaign in his fourth season since the Seattle Mariners took him in the second round in 2016. Modesto’s left-handed swinging third baseman entered the day on a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .298 with a .364 on-base percentage, 19 doubles, five homers and 31 RBI in 74 games.

Over his current hitting streak, Rizzo is batting .395 and has six multi-hit games. He has seven three-hit games this season. 

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Photos of, clockwise from left, J.B. Bukauskas, Ryan McBroom and Joe Rizzo courtesy of their respective clubs


Pro Notebook: Dodgers’ Sborz Makes MLB Debut, Then Put on 10-Day Injured List


June 22 - A day after making his Major League debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers, former McLean High School standout Josh Sborz was placed on the 10-day injured list yesterday.

In Thursday’s 9-8 win over the San Francisco Giants, Sborz came on in relief in the eighth inning and retired Tyler Austin, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt in order. His second inning didn’t go as well, as he was replaced after giving up a two-run double to Brandon Crawford and was charged for three runs before Kenley Jensen came on to get the final three outs and earn the save.

Los Angeles put Sborz on the 10-day injured list yesterday with lower back soreness.

Sborz, 26, is in his fifth professional season since being drafted in the second round by the Dodgers in 2015. He was the Most Outstanding Player after helping Virginia win the College World Series that June. At McLean, he was named The Washington Post’s All-Met Player of the Year in 2012.

MLB Draft Update: 10 of 11 Area Draftees Have Signed Pro Contracts

Three weeks since the conclusion of the Major League Baseball Draft, 10 of the 11 area players who were taken have signed professional contracts and many have joined minor league clubs with their respective organizations.

Logan Driscoll (Lake Braddock), who became the highest-ever pick from George Mason when the catcher was taken 73rd overall by the San Diego Padres, inked a $600,000 signing bonus and has joined the Tri-City Dust Devils of the short-season Single-A Northwest League.

Two area players taken in the fourth round, outfielder Brenton Doyle (Kettle Run) and left-handed pitcher Jake Agnos (Battlefield), have also reported. Doyle signed a $500,000 bonus with Colorado and is off to a blazing start with the advanced rookie-level Grand Junction Rockies, hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two home runs and seven RBI though his first five games. Agnos inked a $411,500 bonus with the New York Yankees and has reported to their spring training complex in Tampa, FL.

Fifth-round pick Conor Grammes (McLean) signed with Arizona for $300,000 earlier this week and the right-hander is expected to receive his assignment soon. Right-handers Sam Ryan (Fairfax) and Jared DiCesare (Chantilly), who were taken by Toronto in the 12th and 17th rounds, respectively, have both signed and reported to the Blues Jays’ spring training facility in Dunedin, FL.

Others who have signed and received rookie-ball assignments include: right-hander Kevin Kelly (Paul VI Catholic), a 19th round pick of Cleveland who has reported to one of their Arizona League affiliates; right-hander Jamie Sara (West Potomac), a 25th round selection by Philadelphia who is with one of their affiliates in the Gulf Coast League; right-hander Charlie Hall (Forest Park), a 33rd round pick by Oakland who is with the A’s Arizona League club; and left-hander Carter Bach (Centreville), a 34th round pick by Tampa By who has joined their Appalachian League affiliate in Princeton, W.V.

The area’s lone high school senior taken in the draft, Woodgrove pitcher Nick Lockhart, has not signed with Texas after being selected in the 11th round. Wolverines coach Rusty Smith said earlier today that Lockhart plans to make his decision whether to sign or pitch at Virginia Tech in the next few days.

Lachance Signs Minor League Deal with Diamondbacks

Kevin Lachance (Centreville) earlier this month signed a minor league free agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, completing a journey back to affiliated ball after the former Dodgers draft pick spent the past year-plus playing in the independent Frontier League.

Lachance, 24, has been assigned to the Missoula Osprey of the advanced rookie-level Pioneer League after the Diamondbacks purchased his contract from the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association. He was hitting .372 with a .509 on-base percentage, two homers and seven RBI in 13 games with Winnipeg.

The middle infielder was a 10th round pick by Los Angeles out of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, but a shoulder injury prevented him from making his pro debut until 2017. He hit .258 in 50 games in rookie ball that year, then hit .267 in 37 games with Lake Erie during his indy ball stint last year.

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Photos of, clockwise from left, Josh Sborz by Keith Birmingham via Pasadena Star-News, Brenton Doyle courtesy of KKCO in Colorado Springs, and Kevin Lachance courtesy of the Winnipeg Goldeyes


Prep Notebook: Westfield’s Clancy Named 3rd-Team ABCA/Rawlings All-America


June 21 - Senior right-hander Joe Clancy, who led Westfield to the Concorde District and Region 6D championships and to the Class 6 state final, was named earlier this week as a third-team ABCA/Rawlings All-America selection.

Clancy, who will pitch next year at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, went 9-1 with a save, a 0.85 ERA and 114 strikeouts to just 29 walks in 65.2 innings as the Bulldogs (24-4) had one of the best seasons in the program’s 20-year history. He anchored a pitching staff that set a state record with 16 shutouts and also hit .318 with a .511 on-base percentage, four home runs and 18 RBI.

“Obviously, I’m very thankful,” Clancy said. “A little surprised. Looking at the list of the guys that were on there, it was a huge honor with a lot of big names.”

Clancy was the only Virginia player named to any of the three teams and the first from the state to be honored since Langley’s Danny Hosley was also a third-team selection in 2017.

Tolson Named Free-Lance Star’s All-Area Player of the Year

Stafford’s Mike Tolson has been honored by the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star as their All-Area Player of the Year, the publication announced today.

The Indians’ senior, a member of the magazine’s NOVA Nine Team and the Class 5 State Player of the Year, went 10-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 94 strikeouts to 43 walks in 77 innings. He tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over rival North Stafford in the Region 5D quarterfinals, then went five innings to earn the decision in a 3-1 win over Orange County in the region semifinals and a 5-0 win over Broad Run in the Class 5 state quarterfinals.

Stafford (24-3) would go on to beat Mills Godwin, 4-3, on Tucker Sullivan’s walk-off single to claim the program’s first state title.

Tolson, who will play at Western Carolina University, had a midseason slump at the plate but still managed to drive in 16 runs and had several key hits during the Indians’ postseason run. He finished his career with a school-record 22 victories.

Stafford’s Tommy Harrison was named the publication’s Coach of the Year, while Indians outfielders Ethan Lambros and Caleb McAlister and two-way standout Tucker Sullivan joined Tolson as first-team All-Area selections. Other Northern Virginia players chosen as first-team picks were Mountain View’s Andrew Neff, Spotsylvania’s Trevor Croson, North Stafford’s Owen Ledford and Colonial Forge’s Aiden Tierney.

To read the Free-Lance Star’s story on Tolson, click here. And to view the publication’s All-Area teams, click here.

Riverbend’s Sciandra Steps Down After 3 Seasons

Angelo Sciandra stepped down earlier this week after three seasons as the head coach at Riverbend, the magazine has confirmed.

“I don’t feel I can give time that the program deserves,” wrote Sciandra, whose wife recently had a baby, in a text message on Wednesday. “The players made it extremely enjoyable. I loved doing it and coaching the players about baseball, but more importantly, about life.”

After serving as Bears’ pitching coach for two seasons under former coach Stephen Morin, Sciandra was promoted prior to the 2017 season. He was 21-44 over his three seasons. This spring, Riverbend went 7-15, upsetting a 15-win Thomas Dale team in the Region 6B quarterfinals before falling to eventual region champion James River, 7-6, in extra innings in the semifinals.

The vacancy at the Fredericksburg school is the fourth in Northern Virginia, joining the openings at Champe, Herndon and Stone Bridge.

Miller-Green Named PBR’s Virginia/D.C. Player of the Year

Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green continues to pile up postseason honors after leading the Bruins to the Class 6 state championship.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior outfielder and right-handed pitcher was named earlier this week as Prep Baseball Report’s Virginia/D.C. Player of the Year after hitting .435 with 12 home runs and 28 RBI and going 6-0 with five saves, a 1.24 ERA and 91 strikeouts to 27 walks in 56.1 innings. Miller-Green also earned Player of the Year for the magazine’s NOVA Nine Team, The Washington Post’s All-Met Team, the Patriot District, in Region 6C, and the Class 6 all-state team.

He has signed as a two-way player with George Mason University.

Other area players joining Miller-Green as first-team PBR selections were Battlefield senior shortstop and right-hander Zach Agnos, Stone Bridge senior outfielder Paul Moore, Battlefield senior outfielder Craig Miles, Westfield senior right-hander Joe Clancy and Potomac Falls junior lefty Nate Savino. Agnos, Clancy and Savino each joined Miller-Green as NOVA Nine Team selections.

To view each of PBR’s three postseason teams, click here.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Westfield’s Joe Clancy by Fred Ingham, Stafford’s Mike Tolson courtesy of Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, and Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green by Gregg Zelkin


Recruiting Notebook: Eikhoff Decommits From Virginia


June 17 - Riley Eikhoff, a first-team All-Region 6D selection this spring, has decommitted from the University of Virginia as the summer recruiting circuit heats up.

The junior right-handed pitcher and shortstop is a three-year starter for the Pioneers, who went 17-5 this spring before falling in the Region 6D quarterfinals to Centreville. He was 6-2 with a 2.18 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 47.2 innings this year.

“After much thought and conversation with my family, I have made the decision that is in my best interest to decommit from the University of Virginia, and I am reopening my recruitment,” Eikhoff posted earlier tonight on his Twitter handle.

Eikhoff initially committed to the Cavaliers in the fall of 2017. He plays during the offseason with the EvoShield Canes travel program.

Centreville’s Trinca Commits to George Mason

Thomas Trinca committed last week to play at George Mason, the Patriots’ first commitment from the Class of 2020.

The outfielder was a first-team All-Region 6D selection this spring after hitting .423 with a .484 on-base percentage, 16 extra-base hits - including 11 doubles - with 16 RBI and nine steals. He plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program.

Commonwealth Games to Be Held July 19-21 in Lynchburg

The 30th annual Virginia Commonwealth Games, the state’s premier recruiting event, will be held July 19-21 in Lynchburg.

Potomac coach Mike Covington, who has coached the North team each year the Games have been held, said today he hopes to finalize his roster in the next couple days. Covington led the North team to the championship last year after having a seven-year title run snapped in 2017.

On July 19, teams will hold batting practice on the field at Liberty University, followed by the opening ceremonies. The West will play the Central at 6 p.m. and the North will play the East at 8:30 p.m. On July 20, games begin at 9:30 a.m., with the Central playing the North in the first game, followed by the West vs. the East, the East vs. the Central, and the North vs. the Central.

On July 21, the Bronze Medal game is scheduled in the morning, with the Gold Medal game held in the afternoon.

Photo of, clockwise from left, Patriot’s Riley Eikhoff and Centreville’s Thomas Trinca by Fred Ingham, and Mike Covington by Joey Kamide