Northern Virginia Top 10: Westfield, Lake Braddock Remain Atop Rankings


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May 28 - Westfield received 39 of 41 first-place votes to top the rankings for a second straight week, and the Bulldogs are followed again by Lake Braddock in the latest Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.

The Bulldogs (20-3) got 407 points from the selection committee entering their Region 6D semifinal tonight against No. 5 Battlefield (18-4), which moved up a spot with 238 points. Something will have to give in a game featuring a Westfield pitching staff that has posted 15 shutouts and a Bobcats lineup that has scored 59 runs over its past five games.

No. 4 Patriot (17-4), which got 276 points and moved up one spot this week, host No. 8 Centreville (17-7) in the other Region 6D semifinal tonight. The Wildcats, which entered the rankings this week after dispatching of then-No. 8 McLean in the quarterfinals on Friday, received 87 points.

No. 2 Lake Braddock (21-3) garnered 365 points and one first-place vote entering its Region 6C semifinal at West Potomac (16-5) tonight in Alexandria. Last year’s region and state champion, West Springfield (13-10), will host Forest Park (13-10) in the other semifinal.

At No. 3 is Stafford (19-3), which hosts Orange tonight in a Region 5D semifinals. Mountain View (10-11) travels to Halifax (21-2) in the other semifinal.

No. 6 Briar Woods made the biggest jump, moving up three positions after its walk-off win over Broad Run in Friday’s Potomac District championship game. The Falcons got 166 points entering tonight’s Region 5C quarterfinal against Freedom-South Riding (13-9).

Next is No. 7 Potomac (19-4), which dropped four spots after having its season end with a 2-1 loss to Mountain View in Thursday’s Region 5D quarterfinals. The Panthers received 148 points. No. 9 Brentsville District (18-3) re-entered the rankings, getting 71 points as they prepared for a Region 3B semifinal tonight against William Monroe.

No. 10 Highland School (20-5), which completed its season as a VISAA Division II state finalist earlier this month, received the final two first-place votes and 53 points. Dropping out this week were No. 8 McLean (17-6) and No. 7 Madison (16-6), which had its season ended with a 4-3 loss to South Lakes in the Region 6D quarterfinals.

Also receiving votes were the following teams: West Potomac (33), Madison (32), McLean (32), Riverside (19), Colonial Forge (14), Kettle Run (7), Broad Run (6) and Marshall (2).

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 Centreville coach Scott Rowland by Fred Ingham