August 16 - As area students begin returning for fall semester classes, five who have committed to play Division I college baseball will be doing so at different schools.
Stafford coach Tommy Harrison confirmed this morning that outfielder Elijah Lambros, who helped the Indians win the VHSL Class 5 state championship in June, has transferred to Fredericksburg Christian School.
Stafford began classes on Monday.
Harrison has played a key role in the development and the recruiting process of Lambros, a first-team all-state selection this spring who last week committed to Virginia Tech. He drove to Georgia this summer to watch him play while with his Richmond Braves travel team, and earlier this week spoke glowingly of the rising junior in our story on his commitment.
Fredericksburg Christian, a VISAA Division II program, reportedly has as many as a dozen transfers this year. The Eagles’ second-year coach, Jeff Petty, has built the EvoShield Canes into a national powerhouse on the travel and showcase circuit.
Other Division I recruits confirmed as transferring are catcher Mason Balsis (Virginia) from Osbourn Park to Patriot and a trio of pitchers in left-handers Brandon Clarke (Alabama) and Bradley Gagen (Virginia) and right-hander Bryce Dolby (Virginia Tech) to Independence, Loudoun County’s newest school. Clarke is one of several players moving across town from Rock Ridge, while Gagen and Dolby are two of four Paul VI Catholic players who are transferring to the Ashburn school for their sophomore year.
Rock Ridge is losing so many players to Independence that Phoenix coach Paul Koch is unsure his program will be able to field a junior varsity team in the spring.
Clarke and Lambros are rising juniors, while Balsis, Gagen and Dolby are rising sophomores. All told, over two dozen known Northern Virginia players with varsity experience - many who are on the radar of Division I coaches - are transferring for the 2019-20 school year.