June 17 - Fairfax senior infielder Dylan Wilkinson won the Northern Virginia batting title, edging Potomac junior Ben Thomas and pacing four area players that hit over .500 in at least 50 at-bats.
Wilkinson, who will play next year at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, hit .523 (34-for-65) for the Rebels this spring. He had a .627 on-base percentage and 13 extra-base hits, including 11 doubles, while driving in 18 runs.
Thomas, a junior outfielder, batted .507 (34-for-66) to help the Panthers win the Cardinal District championship. He had nine extra-base hits and 28 RBI. Other local players to top .500 were Jefferson senior Todd Hartman, who hit .507 (36-for-71) with five home runs and 27 RBI, and Yorktown senior catcher Ben Koomey, who batted .500 (32-for-64) with four homers and 21 RBI.
Last year’s batting champion was Lake Braddock’s Matt Thomas, who hit .532 en route to Class 6 state Player of the Year honors. He is now playing at the College of William & Mary.
Other area offensive stat leaders included Lake Braddock senior shortstop Bobby Leitzel (43 hits), Lake Braddock senior outfielder and pitcher Lyle Miller-Green (12 home runs), Justice sophomore second baseman Nick Guerra (34 RBI) and Colgan junior outfielder Ryley Johnson (40).
Individual pitching leaders were Riverside senior Gunner Canary (12 wins), Westfield senior Joe Clancy (114 strikeouts), Potomac Falls junior lefty Nate Savino (0.60 ERA in min. 30 IP) and George Mason senior Jay Nesson (79.2 innings).
Statistics were provided by area coaches.
Photo of Fairfax’s Dylan Wilkinson by Joe Bleach