Notebook: Longtime Assistant Landers Promoted as Loudoun County’s Coach

September 12 - Longtime assistant Matt Landers has been promoted as the new head coach at Loudoun County, athletic director Bruce Sheppard announced last Thursday.

Entering his 20th season with the Raiders program, Landers served for three years as a junior varsity coach and the past 16 as a varsity assistant. He replaces Nick Price, who was not retained after guiding the Leesburg school to a 56-68 record over the past six seasons. Price has since joined Jeff Berg’s staff as an assistant at Dominion.

Landers has taught at Loudoun County since 1999 and is currently the chair of its World Language Department. A native of Williamsport, PA, he pitched at Division III Ohio Wesleyan University and earned all-conference honors as a senior.

The hiring of Landers leaves two current vacancies at area schools, at South County and Brooke Point.

Highland School’s DeBardi to Play for Mount St. Mary’s

Highland School third baseman Joe DeBardi committed late last month to play at Mount St. Mary’s, he announced on his Twitter page.

A transfer from Battlefield, DeBardi missed much of the regular season with an injury but returned to help the Hawks (21-4) win the Delaney Athletic Conference championship and advance to the semifinals of the VISAA Division 2 state tournament. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior will join 2017 graduates Josh Pittman (St. Bonaventure) and Timmy Stephan (Rider) as recent players from the Warrenton school to play for Division I programs.

Mount St. Mary’s went 21-33 overall and 15-13 in the Northeast Conference last spring under coach Scott Thomson, who in his 22nd year as the Mountaineers’ skipper.

Meidlinger, Baltzell Earn All-Tournament Honors at Women’s World Cup

Megan Baltzell (Mountain View) and Meggie Meidlinger (Dominion) earned all-tournament team honors after USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team finished fourth at the Women’s Baseball World Cup in Florida late last month.

Baltzell, who was a record-setting softball player at Longwood University, was one of the tournament’s top offensive performers. Selected as the designated hitter, she went 13-for-26 over Team USA’s nine games, finishing first among all players in home runs (2) and slugging percentage (.885), second in hits, doubles (4) and RBI (11), third in batting average (.500) and fifth in on-base percentage (.606).

Meidlinger, meanwhile, was appearing in her sixth World Cup. Selected as the all-tournament team’s relief pitcher, the right-hander allowed just three hits over five scoreless appearances and earned a save.

Team USA finished 6-3 at the World Cup, dropping an 8-5 decision to Canada in the Bronze Medal game. Japan won its sixth consecutive championship, beating Chinese Taipei, 6-0, in the Gold Medal game.

Photo of Matt Landers courtesy of Loudoun County baseball