Prep Notebook: Episcopal advances to Tomorrow’s IAC Semifinals vs. St. Albans

May 7 - John Moses was 3-for-3 with a home run and three stolen bases and Thomas Windels struck out nine in a three-hit complete-game effort as Episcopal beat St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, 4-1, in their Interstate Athletic Conference quarterfinal yesterday in Alexandria.

The No. 3 seed Maroon (16-7) advance to tomorrow’s semifinals at No. 2 seed St. Alban’s (12-14). In the other IAC semifinal, top-seeded Georgetown Prep (27-5) will host No. 5 seed Bullis (5-10), a 7-6 winner over No. 4 seed Landon (11-12) in yesterday’s other quarterfinal.

Windels, who will pitch at Macalester College in Minnesota next year, improved to 7-2 with a 1.05 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 53 innings. Moses, who will play at the University of Rochester in New York, leads the team hitting .406 with eight extra-base hits, 14 RBI and 16 steals.

The Maroon are currently ranked No. 6 in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I poll and are seeking their first state tournament berth in program history. The top nine teams in Sunday’s final poll earn berths.

MAC, DAC Begin Conference Tournaments Today

Two private school conferences featuring multiple local teams begin their postseason tournaments today.

In Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC) Tournament, No. 2 seed Flint Hill (14-9) will host No. 7 seed St. Andrew’s Episcopal (3-11) and No. 6 seed Sidwell Friends (4-13) traveling to No. 3 seed Maret (9-7). The winners will meet in the semifinals on Thursday. On the other side of the bracket, No. 5 seed Potomac School (5-17) plays No. 4 seed Georgetown Day (7-9), with the winner travel to top seed St. James (15-4) in Thursday’s semifinals.

Flint Hill coach Tom Verbanic enters the contest seeking to become Northern Virginia’s seventh coach to reach 400 career victories.

And in the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) Tournament, No. 5 seed Randolph-Macon (2-7) travels to No. 4 Seton (2-9) this afternoon, with the winner traveling to top seed Highland School (17-4) on Thursday. No. 3 seed Trinity Christian (9-9) will play at No. 2 seed Fredericksburg Christian (9-10) in the other semifinal.

The DAC championship game will be held on Friday, and the MAC final on Saturday. Both will be hosted by the higher seed.

Knights Rally, Upset St. John’s in Game 1 of WCAC Semifinal Series

Two days after beating Paul VI Catholic in dramatic, walk-off fashion in the 11th inning of their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference quarterfinal contest, Bishop O’Connell used the short game and benefitted from a trio of St. John’s (D.C.) errors to rally from a 2-0 deficit for a 6-3 win in Game 1 of their best-of-three semifinal series.

The miscues by the Cadets (23-3), the top-ranked team in The Washington Post’s metro poll, came on two sacrifice bunts and a squeeze attempt in the top of the fourth and allowed the Knights (16-8) to take a 3-2 lead. An RBI single by Ryan Bhojwani and two-run double by Elijah Pinkney provided insurance in the top of the seventh, and Eddie Eisert would get the final two outs to earn the save.

Jake Berry recovered from a shaky start to go five innings and earn the win, striking out six while walking four and allowing four hits. Brandon Kim relieved and pitched into the seventh before being relieved by Eisert. The Knights will host Game 2 today at 4:30 p.m. in Arlington.

Paul VI’s Ortega, Zavacky, O’Connell’s Eisert, Ireton’s OGrady Earn 1st-Team All-WCAC

Two Paul VI Catholic seniors - left-hander Nick Ortega and outfielder Devon Zavacky - were joined by Bishop O’Connell junior shortstop and right-hander Eddie Eisert and Bishop Ireton junior lefty Jack O’Grady in earning first-team All-WCAC honors.

Bishop McNamara swept the conference’s individual honors, with Anthony Sosnoskie earning Coach of the Year and senior Ian Cawthorne being named the league’s Player of the Year.

Others named to the first team included: outfielders Jake Maske (DeMatha Catholic) and Kasey Winegardner (St. Mary’s Ryken); infielders Jack Bulger (DeMatha) and James Triantos (St. John’s); pitchers Luke Schauer (St. John’s) and Joe Quelch (McNamara); catcher Ryan Shieh (McNamara); and Blake Badman (DeMatha) as the DH/Utility player.

Selected to the second team were the following players: outfielders Khalil Brown (DeMatha), Jimmy Clark (Paul VI) and Kyras Dawson (St. John’s); infielders Aiden McDonald (Paul VI), Justin Riemer (St. John’s), Ian Remalia (St. John’s) and Kenny Baer (Good Counsel); pitchers Jack Silder (DeMatha), Jake Newquist (Good Counsel), Sean Culkin (St. John’s) and Donovan Frayer (McNamara); catcher Riley O’Donovan (O’Connell); and DH/Utility Garrett Newsome (Gonzaga).

Photos of, clockwise from left, were submitted: Episcopal players and coaches, Flint Hill’s O’Kelly McWilliams, and Bishop O’Connell’s Eddie Eisert.