September 23 - Lake Braddock’s Mike Weidinger committed late last week to pitch at William & Mary, and the Bruins junior left-hander will pull double-duty as part of the Williamsburg school’s Army ROTC program.
“I’m happy it worked out great for him,” Lake Braddock coach John Thomas said. “He’ll be a good player for them, he’s going to help them.”
Weidinger, who has several family members who previously or currently serve in the military, played a key role in the Bruins’ run to the Class 6 state championship in the spring. He went 4-2 with a 3.46 ERA as part of a rotation that included NOVA Nine Player of the Year Lyle Miller-Green and fellow southpaws Jay Cassady and Andrew Schaeb, totaling 27 strikeouts to 13 walks in 30.1 innings. At the plate, he hit .324 with a .434 on-base percentage, 22 hits, one homer and 24 RBI.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Weidinger had three 3-hit games in the spring, including in a 6-2 win over Westfield in the state final. He plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program.
At William & Mary, he’ll follow former Lake Braddock standouts Wade Strain (‘16), Rojo Prarie (‘18) and Matt Thomas (‘18). Weidinger will take on the same workload former Yorktown standout John Yoest had at the school, both pitching and participating in the ROTC program. Yoest is now an Army helicopter pilot flying the UH-60M Black Hawk and is preparing to deploy to Europe. He was reached last week and said he plans to contact Weidinger.
The Tribe went 33-22 overall and 12-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association last year under coach Brian Murphy, who has led the program to the 30-win plateau in four of his six years.
Dukes Continue to Acquire Northern Virginia Arms
Senior right-hander Ryan Murphy (Madison) became a fourth area pitcher to commit to James Madison over the past six weeks, joining juniors Daniel Quintana (Paul VI Catholic), Tyler Muscar (Westfield) and sophomore Jason Cheifetz (Westfield).
The foursome represent the latest pitchers secured by Dukes coach Marlin Ikenberry and his staff, who also have senior Joe Vogatsky (Kettle Run) among their 2020 class. Lefty Donovan Burke (Loudoun County) was part of James Madison’s incoming class, and the Dukes will return Liam McDonnell (Paul VI Catholic) and Nick Stewart (Rock Ridge) next spring. Kevin Kelly (Paul VI Catholic) was selected in the 19th round by the Cleveland Indians in June’s Major League Baseball Draft.
James Madison was 31-26 overall and 11-13 in the CAA last spring under Ikenberry.
PBR Recognizes Top Performers at Summer Showcase Events
Prep Baseball Report’s D.C./Virginia outlet last week highlighted the top performers at its summer individual showcase events, and several area players were recognized.
Elijah Lambros, a junior outfielder who transferred from Stafford to Fredericksburg Christian this summer and has committed to Virginia Tech, recorded the area’s best 60-yard time with a 6.69. He was followed by McLean senior outfielder and George Mason recruit Drew Stieg (6.72), Gar-Field senior outfielder Gavin Bassett (6.74), Colonial Forge senior and Longwood recruit Aiden Tierney (6.74), and Westfield senior outfielder Derek Furr (6.88).
The best local pitching velocities were recorded by Yorktown junior Nathan Knowles (88 MPH), Westfield sophomore and James Madison recruit Jason Cheifetz (87), Colgan freshman Brett Renfrow (87), West Potomac senior left-hander and William & Mary commit Adam Fischer (86), and Marshall senior and Maryland-Baltimore County recruit Robert Kelley (86).
The top catcher pop times were turned in by Oakton junior Matt Ford (1.96) and Bishop O’Connell senior Riley O’Donovan (1.96), while Loudoun Valley junior Jared Molnar (87) recorded the best infield velocity and Lambros (90) recorded the top outfield velocity.
Photos of, clockwise from left, Lake Braddock’s Mike Weidinger by Gregg Zelkin, Madison’s Ryan Murphy by Albert Jacquez, and Westfield’s Tyler Muscar by Fred Ingham