Patriot Jumps to No. 4 as Prince William Teams Pace This Week’s Northern Virginia Top 10


March 25 - Potomac and Lake Braddock jumped two spots while Patriot made the biggest move and Battlefield retained the top spot for a third consecutive week in the latest Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, which is sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.

The Bobcats (3-0) edged then-No. 3 Freedom-South Riding last Monday, winning 8-7 on a walk-off wild pitch to remain unbeaten. Coach Jay Burkhart’s club earned 35 first-place votes and 401 total points this week.

Brody Mack tossed a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Woodbridge on Saturday as the Panthers (4-0) saw their pitching staff’s scoreless streak grow to 20 innings. Today, they moved up to No. 2 in the latest rankings, getting five first-place votes and 347 total points from the selection committee.

No. 3 Lake Braddock (3-0) moved up after a 12-2 win over then-No. 2 Madison on Tuesday and a 5-0 shutout of Hayfield over the weekend, earning one first-place vote and 334 points. The Warhawks (2-1), who rebounded with a 6-3 win over Marshall the following day, slipped to No. 5 with 191 points.

Patriot (3-0) made the week’s biggest jump, moving up three spots to No. 4 with 202 points. Coach Josh Steinberg’s club beat Mountain View, 12-2, on Tuesday before having its showdown with Battlefield rained out on Friday. That game was rescheduled for next month, when the two Prince William County heavyweights will clash twice over a seven-day period.

No. 6 Freedom (3-2) was next with 161 points, followed by No. 7 South Lakes (3-0) with 135 points and No. 8 Westfield (3-0) with 131 points. The Bulldogs, who entered the week not having allowed a run in their three contests, jumped two spots.

No. 9 Episcopal (5-0) moved up one position after beating Bishop Ireton, 15-1, getting 105 points. The Maroon were followed by No. 10 Bishop O’Connell (2-1), which got 41 points and dropped four spots after a 4-3 walk-off loss to West Potomac.

Others receiving votes this week included: Brentsville District (39), Highland School (38), Herndon (27), Stafford (22), Yorktown (18), Riverside (10), Fauquier (10), West Springfield (9), Loudoun Valley (9), North Stafford (7), Broad Run (7), Robinson (6), Marshall (3) and Potomac Falls (2).

Sponsor: The magazine’s Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll is sponsored by the Prime Time Baseball Academy. For more information on the academy, visit its website at www.primetimebaseball.co.

Photo of Potomac coach Mike Covington by Michael Greene