Potomac's Thomas is Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week


March 26 - Potomac’s Ben Thomas has been named the Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week, sponsored by Northern Virginia Orthodontics.

Over the week of Mar. 18-24, the 6-foot, 210-pound junior outfielder went 8-for-11 with five doubles, four runs, four RBI and two steals as the Panthers swept their two games against Gar-Field and Woodbridge. He entered the week hitting .714 (10-for-14) with six doubles and five RBI this spring.

Thomas was a second-team All-Cardinal District selection last year.

Here are this week’s other nine nominees:

Brandon Clarke, Rock Ridge - A 6-foot-4, 180-pound sophomore left-handed pitcher, Clarke struck out eight while allowing two runs on three hits in five innings as the Phoenix beat Loudoun County, 13-2, on Saturday. He entered the week 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 14 strikeouts in nine innings.

Vince DiMauro, Brentsville District - A 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior third baseman and right-handed pitcher, DiMauro went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI in the Tigers’ 14-4 win over Liberty on Tuesday. He entered the week 2-for-9 in the team’s three games.

Aidan Henning, Yorktown - A 6-foot, 180-pound left-handed pitcher, Henning scattered three hits while striking out nine and surrendering one run in six innings as the Patriots beat T.C. Williams, 5-1, on Tuesday. A Christopher Newport University recruit, he entered the week 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 10 innings this spring.

Connor Hogan, Lee - A 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior right-handed pitcher and utility man, Hogan went 6-for-9 with a double, a home run and four RBI while scoring six runs as the Lancers won two of their three games. Hit a walk-off single to give Lee a 10-9 win over Justice on Tuesday. He entered the week hitting .478 (11-for-23) with three doubles, six RBI and nine runs.

Brody Mack, Potomac - A 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior left-handed pitcher, outfielder and first baseman, Mack fanned 15 over 11 scoreless innings and didn’t allow a hit in his two outings as the Panthers posted consecutive shutouts against Gar-Field and Woodbridge. Pitched his first career no-hitter in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Vikings. A College of William & Mary recruit, he entered the week 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings and was hitting .375 (6-for-16) with six RBI.

Aidan McDonald, Paul VI Catholic - A 5-foot-8, 145-pound freshman shortstop, McDonald had consecutive three-hit games while scoring three runs and driving in two as the Panthers split their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference games with Bishop McNamara (MD) and St. Mary’s Ryken (MD). He entered the week hitting .438 (7-for-16) and had helped turn three double play balls.

Cole Reddington, Osbourn - A 5-foot-9, 135-pound senior third baseman and right-handed pitcher, Reddington tossed a one-hit shutout with six strikeouts in a 10-0 win over Mount Vernon while going 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI. He entered the week 4-for-10 at the plate and carrying a 0.77 ERA with nine strikeouts in nine innings on the mound.

Joel Tarrh, Fredericksburg Christian - A 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior third baseman, Tarrh went 5-for-8 with two walks, four RBI and four runs as the Eagles won two of their three games last week. He entered the week hitting .467 (7-for-15) with seven RBI and had struck out just once in 18 plate appearances.

Note: Player of the Week nominees come from area coaches, who are sent a nomination form on Monday each week.

Sponsor: The magazine’s Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week is sponsored by Northern Virginia Orthodontics. For more information, visit their website at www.nvorthodontics.com.

Photos of, clockwise from top left, were submitted: Yorktown’s Aidan Henning, Potomac’s Brody Mack, Fredericksburg Christian’s Joel Tarrh, Lee’s Connor Hogan, Brentsville District’s Vince DiMauro, Potomac’s Ben Thomas, and Osbourn’s Cole Reddington.