Notebook: Chantilly’s Siesky Commits to Lafayette

August 25 - Chantilly senior Dylan Siesky committed earlier this week to play for Lafayette College, the magazine has learned.

A right-handed pitcher and shortstop, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Siesky is part of a talented returning core that will have Chantilly as one of the preseason favorites in the Concorde District and Region 6D. Last spring, he helped the Chargers (14-13) rebound from a slow start to advance to the region championship game and the Class 6 state quarterfinals. It was the program’s fourth state tournament appearance in five years.

Connor Pennell, a senior right-hander, committed earlier this summer to play at Division III Christopher Newport.

Siesky, who plays in the offseason with the U.S. Elite travel program, joins Flint Hill right-hander Alex Walsh as area players from the Class of 2019 who will play at the Patriot League school. Two pitchers from Northern Virginia, senior Connor Jones (Oakton) and junior lefty Brett Kreyer (Stone Bridge) will return this upcoming season for the Leopards, who went 16-34-1 overall and 4-20-1 in the conference in 2018.

Baltzell Continues to Blitz Opposing Pitchers at Women’s World Cup

Megan Baltzell homered as the USA Baseball Women’s National Team beat Venezuela, 3-1, earlier today to improve to 4-0 with one pool play game remaining tomorrow against Chinese Taipei at the WBSC Women’s World Cup in Viera, FL.

Baltzell, a graduate of Mountain View and softball former softball standout at Longwood University, has been the top hitter through the first four days at the World Cup. She has gone 7-for-10 with four walks and five extra-base hits and 10 RBI as Team USA has swept its first four games by a combined 46-2.

Prior to today’s game, Baltzell had gone 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI in a 14-0 win over Puerto Rico, 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI in a 14-0 win over the Netherlands, and 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI in an 11-1 win over Korea. One of her hits against Puerto Rico registered a tournament-best 94.3 MPH exit velocity.

Northern Virginia’s other representative on the WNT, right-hander Meggie Meidinger (Dominion), pitched the seventh today to earn the save. She has made two scoreless appearances this week.

The U.S. will look to remain unbeaten in pool play when they face Chinese Taipei tomorrow at 6 p.m. Bracket play begins on Tuesday.

George Mason’s Cabone Named Honorable Mention Summer Collegiate All-America

Austin Cabone, a rising sophomore at George Mason University, earned Perfect Game/Rawlings Summer Collegiate All-America honorable mention honors after leading the Southern Collegiate Baseball League in earned run average.

Cabone went 6-0 with a 1.19 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 39 innings with the Carolina Vipers, allowing two runs or less in each of his seven starts.

The 6-foot, 160-pound right-hander compiled a 4.76 ERA in 22 innings over 12 appearances as a freshman with the Patriots. Cabone, a Virginia Beach native, was the 6A State Player of the Year at Cox in 2017, when he went 10-1 with a 1.54 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 54 innings and beat Patriot in the state semifinals.

Photo of Chantilly's Dylan Siesky by Fred Ingham