Notebook: Colonial Forge’s Wortman Commits to Bucknell


November 7 - Jake Wortman made his college decision earlier today, as the Colonial Forge catcher and first baseman committed to play at Bucknell University. His decision was confirmed this evening by Eagles coach Dave Colangelo.

A four-year letterman, Wortman hit .345 with two home runs, 13 RBI and 14 stolen bases last spring. Colonial Forge went 10-12 and advanced to the Region 6B Tournament before falling in the quarterfinals, 9-1, to eventual region champion Cosby.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound switch hitter plays in the offseason with the EvoShield Canes travel program.

“Bucknell is such a great fit with baseball and academics for Jake,” Colangelo wrote via text message. “There aren’t many high school athletes that work as hard as Jake on the field and in the classroom. The recruiting process takes a toll on these kids, and I’m glad he found the right fit and can now enjoy his senior year and concentrate on getting himself to the highest level possible.”

The Bison went 17-27-1 overall and 13-10-1 in the Patriot League in 2018 under Scott Heather, who is in his seventh season as the program’s head coach after spending eight years as an assistant.

Dominion, Falls Church to Co-Host Spring Break Tournament

Dominion and Falls Church will be hosting the Titan/Jaguar Classic over spring break, and Titans coach Jeff Berg and Jaguars coach Chris Nolan are looking to fill the tournament’s field.

Berg and Dominion have previously co-hosted the tournament with Stone Bridge, Riverside and Loudoun County. The 2019 event will be the first time a non-Loudoun County school has been a host.

The tournament will be held from April 13-17, with games held on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday as a rain date. Coaches seeking more information or looking to register can contact Berg at jberg@kempersports.com.

Lightle’s Naturals 3-1 at Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida

Justice coach Randy Lightle and his 65-and-over Naturals team are 3-1 with one pool play game remaining in the Vintage Division at the Roy Hobbs World Series in Fort Myers, FL.

The 71-year-old Lightle is in his 12th year bringing the team to the annual tournament as a player and manager. The Naturals suffered their first loss of the week earlier today, dropping a 26-6 decision to the NorCal Antiques. They had opened play with wins over the Cincinnati Colt .45s, the Kenmore Eastern Brewers and Lehigh Baseball.

The Naturals will play the San Antonio Texas in a seeding contest tomorrow before opening play in bracket play on Friday.

In its 30th year, the Roy Hobbs World Series crowns champions in seven divisions - from a 35+ Veterans Division up to a 75+ Forever Young Division - over a four-week period each fall. Players into their 80s play at fields such as jetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, and historic Terry Park, which has hosted Major League spring training games since 1925 and has had Hall of Famers such as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Roberto Clemente, Jimmy Foxx, Bob Feller, Tris Speaker and George Brett play on its field.

Photo of Jake Wortman by Jen Muhlenbruck