July 6 - Last month, we released the 2019 NOVA Nine Team, identifying the top nine players from the magazine’s coverage area in Northern Virginia.
Over the past two weeks, we’ve been releasing our annual Auxiliary Nines as part of our NOVA Nine Team series. The series is sponsored by The St. James in Springfield.
Today, we take a look inside some of the numbers for players we’ve honored as part of our series:
.523 - Area-best batting average by Fairfax’s Dylan Wilkinson, who finished with 34 hits. He was one of just four area players to get hits more often than they got out. The infielder will play at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
187 - Combined strikeouts by the Brentsville District duo of Jake DeLisi and Vince DiMauro, who walked just 42 batters in 123.2 innings. DeLisi will play at King University next year. DiMauro will pitch somewhere in college too, but the Tigers get him for one more season.
114 - Number of strikeouts, in 65.2 innings, by Westfield’s Joe Clancy. That led all area pitchers. The big right-hander will pitch at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He was also an all-state defensive lineman. So, like, America East batters probably shouldn’t charge the mound.
109 - Career hits by Battlefield’s Zach Agnos, a two-time NOVA Nine Team member. He’ll follow in his brother Jake’s footsteps and play at East Carolina University. One of the two brothers have been on our NOVA Nine in four of the five years we’ve had the team. Not sure what we’re gonna do now. Does anyone have a Kleenex?
79 - Inches it would take to measure Woodgrove’s big right-hander, Nick Lockhart, who was also a defensive end and tight end on the Wolverines’ state championship football team last fall. Imagine being a QB and having THAT target down field? He’ll skip college and go straight to pro ball after being drafted in the 11th round by the Texas Rangers.
43 - The number of hits by Lake Braddock’s Bobby Leitzel, most among Northern Virginia players. The shortstop, who had the area’s coolest batting stance, will play at Marymount University. He also plays hockey. He still has all his teeth though, don’t worry ladies.
40 - Stolen bases by Colgan’s Ryley Johnson, the most among area players. The Sharks’ center fielder has committed to play at East Carolina University. He’s fast. He could definitely beat Colgan coach Mike Colangelo in a race around the bases. Probably lap him.
36 - Hits by McLean freshman Griffin Stieg. Yes, a freshman. Good luck over the next three years, Liberty District pitchers. The young outfielder has committed to play at Virginia Tech.
18 - The number of strikeouts by Potomac Falls’ Nate Savino while tossing a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Riverside on Mar. 15. Crazy as it sounds, that’s not his career high. He had 19 in a no-hitter against Broad Run last year. The University of Virginia recruit has averaged more than two strikeouts per inning (180 in 86.1 IP) over his past two seasons. He was named to the NOVA Nine Team both years.
16 - Shutouts posted by the Westfield pitching staff, a Virginia High School League record. Leading the way were two NOVA Nine Team selections, Joe Clancy and Nick Lottchea. Danny Leo got lots of outs too. Nice work by Bulldogs pitching coach Dan Ritz, that’s a lot of zeroes. Sixteen of them, to be exact.
12 - Home runs by Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green, our NOVA Nine Player of the Year. He hit one off Westfield in the Class 6 state final in Glen Allen that landed in Virginia Beach. Ok, maybe not, but it went really far. He finished with a school-record 20 homers and will play at George Mason University.
4 - Walks permitted by West Potomac’s Jimmy Curley. You’re right, that’s not very many. The right-hander, who struck out 69 and posted a 0.80 ERA in 43 innings, will pitch at High Point University next year.
0 - The number of losses by Stafford’s Mike Tolson, who won 10 games and led the Indians to the Class 5 state title. That set a record for fewest losses that can never be broken. He’ll play next year at Western Carolina University.
Sponsor: This year’s NOVA Nine Team and Auxiliary Nines are sponsored by The St. James Sports, Wellness and Entertainment Complex in Springfield. For more information, visit www.thestjames.co.
Photo of Lake Braddock’s Bobby Leitzel by Gregg Zelkin