June 8 - Freedom-South Riding’s Ben Williamson and Stone Bridge skipper Mat Shannon have been named the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, for Region 5C.
Williamson, the Eagles’ leadoff man, hit .397 with a .542 on-base percentage, two homers, 11 RBI, 22 runs and 25 stolen bases as Freedom went 13-9 before falling to Briar Woods in the opening round of the region tournament. The senior shortstop, who has signed to play at the College of William & Mary, had a .968 fielding percentage and also saw limited time on the mound, flashing a high-80s fastball while striking out nine in five scoreless innings over his three relief outings.
Shannon, meanwhile, led the Bulldogs (16-10) to their first region championship and state tournament berth since 2015 in his final season before becoming an assistant director of student activities at Loudoun County’s newest school, Independence. Stone Bridge edged Briar Woods and Broad Run in one-run affairs to win the region before falling to Halifax County in the Class 5 state quarterfinals earlier this week.
Joining Williamson as first-team selections in the infield were Jefferson senior first baseman Todd Hartman, Briar Woods sophomore second baseman Evan Smith and Champe senior third baseman Austin Gutierrez. Four outfielders were picked, Stone Bridge senior Paul Moore, Wakefield senior Zach Bako, Tuscarora senior Jonathan Williams and Briar Woods junior Jacob Weaver.
The three pitchers chosen were Potomac Falls junior Nate Savino, Broad Run senior Anthony Puma and Briar Woods senior Kraig Broeker. Broad Run junior Ethan Snyder was picked as the designated hitter and Freedom sophomore Casey Cook was selected as the utility player.
To view the entire all-region team, click here.
Photos of Freedom’s Ben Williamson, left, by Joey Kamide and of coach Mat Shannon by Mike Ferrera via Stone Bridge Baseball