Northern Virginia’s Top 5 High School Baseball Programs


December 7 - Consistent winning, two state tournament appearances and an ability to produce college recruits has landed Battlefield atop the magazine’s list of the top high school baseball programs in Northern Virginia.

The rankings are based on a study of the past three seasons, from 2016-18, and were derived using a formula from the following information: a program’s winning percentage, its percentage of league championships and state tournament appearances, the number of college players produced by the program for the 2016-19 classes, and a cumulative rating of each program’s finish in our Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll over those three seasons.

The four area programs that have won state championships over that period - Chantilly in 2016, Briar Woods in 2017, and Spotsylvania and West Springfield in 2018 - were awarded bonus points. The programs then had their subratings weighted based on classification, producing a final rating.

Now that we’ve explained how we got to the rankings, here they are:

1. Battlefield - The Bobcats have advanced to the state tournament twice in the past three years, advancing to the 6A final in 2016 before losing to Chantilly. Head coach Jay Burkhart has built one of the area’s model programs behind balanced lineups and pitching staffs that have dominated at times. The Bobcats have produced 16 college players over the past four classes, tied with Paul VI Catholic for the most in the area. A good amount of the credit for the program’s success, as Burkhart will tell you, also goes to Shawn Camp, who pitched in the Major Leagues for 11 years and has been Battlefield’s pitching coach since 2015. The Bobcats get one more season with an Agnos on the roster in 2019, the final go-round for two-way standout Zach Agnos.

Record: 56-19
Winning Percentage: .747
League Titles: 2
State Tournaments: 2
College Recruits: 16
Top 10 Finishes: No. 5 in 2018, NR in 2017, No. 2 in 2016

2. Madison - The Warhawks haven’t been back to the state tournament since winning the 6A title in 2015, but they’ve remained a consistent winner under coach Mark ‘Pudge’ Gjormand and last spring they won their sixth consecutive league championship. Like Burkhart has with Camp, Gjormand staffs one of the area’s top assistant coaches in Justin Counts, who has been with the program for over two decades. Madison didn’t miss a beat after moving to the ultra-competitive Concorde District, winning the league in its first year last spring, and will look to repeat despite graduating Kyle Novak, the 2018 NOVA Nine Player of the Year.

Record: 57-14
Winning Percentage: .803
League Titles: 3
State Tournaments: 0
College Recruits: 15
Top 10 Finishes: NR in 2018, No. 5 in 2017, No. 7 in 2016

3. Chantilly - The Chargers got hot late last season, streaking to a fourth state tournament appearance in five years and clinching a spot on this list. They boast one of the area’s top skippers in Kevin Ford, who provides experience and a calming influence necessary considering the competition they face each season in the Concorde District. Chantilly made three straight appearances in the state final from 2014-16, breaking through for the program’s first championship in 2016. The majority of the pieces from last spring’s state quarterfinalist will return in 2019, which likely means the Chargers won’t be slipping from this list anytime soon.

Record: 47-26
Winning Percentage: .644
League Titles: 1
State Tournaments: 2
College Recruits: 10
Top 10 Finishes: NR in 2018, NR in 2017, No. 1 in 2016

4. West Springfield - Last spring, the Spartans claimed the program’s fourth state championship to match Madison for the most among Northern Virginia public schools. They have the most wins among public schools over the past three seasons, annually have one of the area’s biggest rosters between varsity and JV - while numbers continue to fall at other area programs - and get to test themselves often in a Patriot District that features rival Lake Braddock. Coach Jason Olms’ program graduated a number of key pieces from its state title team, but that depth will keep it among the favorites to make another deep postseason run in 2019.

Record: 60-16
Winning Percentage: .789
League Titles: 1
State Tournaments: 1
College Recruits: 8
Top 10 Finishes: No. 1 in 2018, No. 7 in 2017, No. 10 in 2016

5. Lake Braddock - The leadership has changed with longtime coach Jody Rutherford stepping down after winning 315 games in 17 seasons and guiding the program to its first state title in 2013. Now the Bruins will turn to former pitching coach and McLean head coach John Thomas, who takes the reins fully expecting the program to continue its success and be in contention every year into late May and June. Last year, Lake Braddock started fast but stalled late, dropping region final and state semifinal contests against rival West Springfield. Now it will have to replace ace Rojo Prarie and NOVA Nine Team member Matt Thomas, and will hitch its postseason hopes to two-way standout Lyle Miller-Green.

Record: 53-20
Winning Percentage: .726
League Titles: 2
State Tournaments: 1
College Recruits: 14
Top 10 Finishes: No. 2 in 2018, NR in 2017, NR in 2016

Note: Today’s story is part our series ranking the area’s best coaches, programs, fields and contributors.

Photo of Battlefield coach Jay Burkhart by Fred Ingham

Northern Virginia's Top Programs
Rank Program W-L Win% Titles Title% States State% Recruits Rec% Rank% Overall
1 Battlefield 56-19 .747 2 .667 2 .667 16 .400 .500 2.981
2 Madison 57-14 .803 3 1.000 0 .000 15 .375 .330 2.508
3 Chantilly 47-26 .644 1 .333 2 .667 10 .250 .330 2.474
4 West Springfield 60-16 .789 1 .333 1 .333 8 .200 .500 2.405
5 Lake Braddock 53-20 .726 2 .667 1 .333 14 .350 .300 2.376
6 Paul VI 67-26 .720 0 .000 3 1.000 16 .400 .200 2.320
7 Briar Woods 55-19 .743 2 .667 1 .333 8 .200 .367 2.304
8 Highland School 63-14 .818 3 1.000 3 1.000 10 .250 .000 2.147
9 Potomac 59-20 .747 1 .333 2 .667 8 .200 .433 2.142
10 Spotsylvania 45-25 .643 3 1.000 2 .667 6 .150 .233 2.060
11 Patriot 49-19 .721 1 .333 1 .333 12 .300 .267 1.954
12 Marshall 54-13 .806 3 1.000 0 .000 6 .150 .167 1.911
13 Riverside 55-15 .786 2 .667 1 .333 6 .150 .330 1.813
14 Kettle Run 52-11 .825 2 .667 0 .000 9 .225 .433 1.720
15 Mountain View 47-20 .701 1 .333 1 .333 8 .200 .233 1.620

Notes: "Titles" is league championships; "States" is state tournament appearances; "Bonus" of .250 was given for winning a state championship; "Recruits" are number of college recruits in 2016-19 classes; "Rec%" is number of recruits per year divided by 10; "Rank%" is scaled percentage of team's ranking in final Top 10 polls from 2006-18 seasons (#1 ranking = 100 points, #2 ranking = 90 points; team ratings determined by its total number of points divided 300, the max number of points available); teams had their subtotals weighted based on classification (VHSL: 6A 100%, 5A 90%, 4A 80%, 3A 70%; VISAA: D1 100%, D2 70%)