Notebook: Former Robinson, JMU Standout Sisk Inks Indy Ball Deal

December 3 - He was a first-team All-Concorde District selection at Robinson in 2014 and an All-Colonial Athletic Association selection at James Madison University in each of the past two seasons, and now Adam Sisk’s baseball career will continue as he signed over the weekend with the Lake Erie Crushers of the independent Frontier League.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound outfielder went undrafted after finishing his collegiate career last spring, but continued to pursue pro ball and caught his break at the league’s tryout this past weekend. Count his father, Kevin, who also played at JMU, among those most excited to see the former Rams and Dukes standout getting an opportunity to play at the next level.

“His work ethic and determination are beyond inspiring,” Kevin Sisk posted on Facebook last night. “He could have easily said uncle, enough. But the guy doesn’t quit. For the last six months, he worked on his game. Day-in-and-day-out, he stayed true to his schedule. … He never wavered, never called in sick, because he had a dream in mind and had to keep working.”

Sisk started all 52 games for JMU in 2018, rebounding from a slow start and earning third-team All-CAA honors after hitting .283 with a team-high 56 hits, six home runs and 33 RBI. In 2017, he was a second-team all-conference pick after pacing the team in batting average (.337), home runs (11), runs (55), total bases (108), walks (32), stolen bases (14) and on-base percentage (.449). He did not miss a game over his final three seasons at the Harrisonburg school, starting 154 of the Dukes’ 155 games.

After Tormenting QBs on Gridiron, Westfield’s Clancy and Madison’s Counts Turn Focus to Diamond

After making life difficult for quarterbacks this fall, Joe Clancy and Casey Counts will soon join their baseball teammates for winter workouts as their teams eye a postseason run in the spring.

Clancy helped Westfield win a fifth consecutive region championship before having its 37-game winning streak snapped with a 35-28 loss to Freedom-Woodbridge on Friday in the Class 6 state semifinals. A two-way standout for the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end and defensive lineman earned first-team all-region honors.

He was joined on the first team by Counts, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive end and outside linebacker who helped Madison reach the region final before falling to Clancy’s Bulldogs. Counts, whose father, Justin, is the Warhawks’ head coach, tormented area quarterbacks and running backs to the tune of 14 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.

With their senior campaigns on the gridiron complete, the two will join baseball teams that will be among the favorites in the Concorde District in 2019. Clancy, a first-team all-district selection last spring, will return as one of the league’s top starting pitchers. Counts will be in his third season as a catcher for the Warhawks, who have won seven consecutive league championships.

Mag’s Academy Series Begins This Week

Each of the area baseball academies that advertise with the magazine will be featured this month as part of the magazine’s Academy Series. The series will launch this week.

The series will include profiles of the the academy, video interviews with instructors and players, an editorial written by the academy’s owner or owners focusing on their mission, and video and photos of each facility. Currently, the academies advertising with the magazine include: Competitive Edge in Woodbridge, Colangelo Baseball in Manassas, Crozier’s 5-Tool Baseball Academy in Tyson’s Corner, the Shawn Camp Pitching Academy in Manassas, Pitchers Edge in Vienna, Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria, and Rip City in South Riding.

Area academies and all businesses seeking information on advertising opportunities with the magazine can contact us here.

Photo of Adam Sisk courtesy of JMU Athletics