Northern Virginia Top 10: Riverside, Stone Bridge Join Poll After Winning Region Titles


June 3 - The top three spots remain unchanged while Riverside and Stone Bridge joined this week’s Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.

No. 1 Westfield (22-3) retained the top spot for a third straight week, getting 407 points and 39 of 41 first-place votes after winning the Region 6D championship. The Bulldogs’ region title and appearance in this week’s Class 6 state tournament are their first since 2004.

En route to the championship, coach Rob Hahne’s club knocked off three opponents who were ranked in the Top 10, posting an 8-0 win over then-No. 9 Yorktown in the quarterfinals and last week beating Battlefield, 2-1, in the semifinals and Centreville, 2-0, in the final. The Bobcats (18-5) dropped three spots this week to No. 8 with 125 points, while the Wildcats (18-8), who beat ranked teams in McLean and Patriot to get to the final, rose four spots to No. 4 with 229 points.

In the Region 6D final, No. 2 Lake Braddock (22-3) solved West Springfield, which had beaten the Bruins in the Patriot District final as well as in the region final and Class 6 semifinals last year. Coach John Thomas’ team, which garnered the remaining two first-place votes and 369 points, will host Centreville while West Springfield travels to Westfield tomorrow in the Class 6 state quarterfinals.

No. 3 Stafford (21-3) went on the road and beat Halifax County, 3-1, in Thursday’s Region 5D final and remained in the same position for a third straight week with 327 points. The Indians will host Broad Run, the Region 5C runner-up, in tomorrow’s state quarterfinals.

Rising four spots this week is No. 5 Brentsville District (20-3), which beat Warren County, 6-1 to win a second consecutive Region 3B title on Thursday and will host Park View-South Hill in tomorrow’s Class 3 state quarterfinals. The Tigers got 148 points.

Riverside (16-7), which has won an area-best 13 straight and 16 of 18 since an 0-5 start, enters the rankings at No. 6 after holding off Kettle Run, 5-4, in Friday’s Region 4C final. The Rams, who received 136 points, will host defending state champion Salem in tomorrow’s Class 4 state quarterfinals.

No. 7 Patriot (17-5) dropped three spots after having its season end with a 2-0 loss to Centreville in the Region 6D semifinals, getting 129 points this week. No. 10 Briar Woods (20-5) dropped four positions, getting 86 points after having its season end with a 6-5 loss to No. 9 Stone Bridge (16-9) in the Region 5C semifinals. The Bulldogs entered the poll for the first time this season after that upset win followed by a 6-5 win over Broad Run in the region final, getting 89 points.

Two teams, former No. 7 Potomac (19-4) and No. 10 Highland School (20-5), dropped out of the poll.

Also receiving votes this week were the following teams: Potomac (71), Highland School (52), Colonial Forge (26), West Springfield (20), Kettle Run (13), Broad Run (7), Madison (7), McLean (6), Broad Run (5), Marshall (2) and Yorktown (1).

Sponsor: The Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll is sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria. For more information on the academy visit www.primetimebaseball.co.

Photo of coach Mat Shannon courtesy of Stone Bridge Baseball