April 12 - Spring Break will start with a bang tomorrow. Literally.
A dozen players have been confirmed to be participating in a Home Run Derby tomorrow night at Westfield as part of the first annual D.C. Baseball Classic, a 15-team tournament that will be held at eight sites. Each player will get 10 outs to see how many homers they can hit, with six advancing to a second round and two to the championship round. The derby is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Westfield senior Joe Clancy, who has hit two home runs this spring, will have the home field advantage. He’ll likely to be pushed by two Division I signees - Chantilly’s Dylan Siesky (Lafayette) and Dominion’s Cortland Lawson (Tennessee) - and a third who is being recruited by several colleges, Centreville’s Thomas Trinca.
George Mason’s Aiden Clark hasn’t homered in a game this spring but has shown plenty of pop in batting practice. Washington-Lee’s Trey Haley might be one of the derby’s smaller players, but will take some big hacks. As will Stonewall Jackson’s Cecil Bruce. Falls Church’s Cameron Karicher could be a sleeper. Two sophomores, W.T. Woodson’s Jacob Perdue and South County’s Tyler Gauthier, along with Gonzaga (D.C.) freshman Nicholas Morabito hope to bash with their older counterparts.
Not much is known about Grace (MD) Academy’s Riley Jackson.
Narbonne (CA), Spalding (MD) and Lake Braddock are the three teams participating in the tournament who had yet to enter a participant in the derby as of late tonight. The Bruins’ Lyle Miller-Green, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound George Mason recruit, has connected on five homers this spring.
Photo of Chantilly’s Dylan Siesky by Phil Dolinger