April 16 - Battlefield was a near-unanimous No. 1 while retaining the top spot for a sixth consecutive week in the latest Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.
The Bobcats, who were 9-0 entering the week, received 40 of 41 first-place votes and 407 points from the magazine’s selection committee as they traveled to begin play this week at the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
No. 2 Patriot (8-0) moved up one spot, getting the final first-place vote and 340 points prior to beginning play this week at the Hanahan Invitational Tournament in Charleston, S.C. The Pioneers swapped places with No. 3 Lake Braddock (10-1), which got 317 points.
Also swapping positions were No. 4 Potomac (10-1) and No. 5 Westfield (9-1), who received 259 and 256 points, respectively. Both teams are playing locally this week, the Panthers at the Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament in Prince William County, and the Bulldogs in the D.C. Baseball Classic in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
The following three spots remained the same, with No. 6 Episcopal (12-1) getting 161 points, No. 7 Madison (7-2) receiving 153 points, and No. 8 Stafford (10-1) garnering 140 points. Madison is in Charleston this week playing in the H.I.T., while Stafford is playing locally in the Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament.
Joining the rankings for the first time this season are No. 9 Brentsville District (8-0), which received 94 points and is also participating in the Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament, and No. 10 Yorktown (9-1), which got 32 points and is playing in the Mingo Bay Classic. Bishop O’Connell (10-4) and Loudoun Valley (6-4), last week’s No. 9- and No. 10-ranked teams, dropped out of the poll.
Also receiving votes this week were the following teams: West Potomac (20), Briar Woods (19), Highland School (19), Bishop O'Connell (14), Centreville (7), West Springfield (7), Heritage (5), Colonial Forge (2), Robinson (2) and Loudoun Valley (1).
Note: Ballots were submitted prior to yesterday’s games. Won-loss records are through Sunday.
Sponsor: The magazine’s Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll is sponsored by the Prime Time Baseball Academy. For more information on the academy, visit its website at www.primetimebaseball.co.
Photo of Stafford coach Tommy Harrison by Michael Greene