March 29 - Wayne Todd, the only area coach to lead multiple schools to state championships, earned his 500th career coaching victory on Thursday night when David Gingras singled home Jared Molnar to give Loudoun Valley a 3-2 walk-off win over rival Loudoun County.
Todd becomes just the sixth Virginia high school coach to reach the milestone, doing so in his 42nd season. The record for most wins in state history is 633, set by the late Tom Harding, who skippered Honaker from 1971-2016.
Todd won 199 games and four region championships at Broad Run from 1978-96, guiding the Ashburn school to back-to-back Group AA state final appearances in 1990-91. In 1991, the Spartans went 20-1 - their only loss was an extra-inning regular-season setback to Park View - before beating Louisa in the Region II final and Rustburg in the state championship game. That team was paced by three all-state selections in Dan Aitcheson, Jason Bagby and Scott Schultz, who went 9-0 with a 0.37 ERA with 144 strikeouts.
In 2014, Todd led Loudoun Valley to a 3A state title - the first by a Loudoun County team since his Spartans won 23 years earlier and the first for the Purcellville program since 1972. His brother, Chris, was a player on the ‘72 team and an assistant on his coaching staff in 2014, when the Vikings went 25-3 and posted 12 shutouts behind a staff led by Jack DeGroat and Will Reed.
Loudoun Valley (4-1 overall, 1-0 Dulles District) plays next on Tuesday at Park View.
Unplayable Conditions Force Hayfield to Move Practices, Games to South County’s Turf Field
While their field on campus remains off limits due to wet field conditions that have remained undiagnosed since the fall, Hayfield’s players and coaches are making the best of a unique situation this season.
The Hawks’ varsity and junior varsity teams have moved their operations to the turf field at South County Middle School, trekking 10 miles each day while school and county officials continue to work to identify the issue causing the drainage problem. Hayfield’s director of student activities, E.W. Noland, secured the turf field for practices during the week from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and for each of their home games this spring.
“We assumed it was a loose sprinkler head or something to do with the irrigation system as that happens from time to time and it’s a pretty easy fix,” Hawks coach Mike Shore wrote in an email. “At this point they have still not figured out what is causing all of the water to be on the field and that is extremely frustrating as we are now almost in April with no solution.”
Shore said his players have maintained a positive mindset despite the unideal logistics and a lack of game experience without a scoreboard, public address announcer or concession stand.
“I know they are not thrilled with it, especially the seniors,” the coach wrote. “[But] they have taken it in stride and seemed to have adapted well, and are grateful and thankful that they have a reliable field to go to every day.”
Hylton Takes Unorthodox Approach to Stop Scoring Runs vs. Woodbridge’s Freedom
Freedom-Woodbridge pitchers issued 17 walks while hitting four batters over the game’s first three innings in a 40-0 loss to C.D. Hylton on Wednesday.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bulldogs (4-2 overall, 3-0 Cardinal District) began the frame by conceding three straight outs, directing their hitters to step on home plate while squaring to bunt to record automatic outs. The game was called after the top of the fifth.
The national record for most runs scored by one team is 109, set by Atlantic (IA) in April 1928. The most scored in the past 50 years was 63 by Dufur (OR) in May 1977. The Virginia High School League does not list a record for most runs in a game.
Photo of Loudoun County coach Wayne Todd by Scott Shepherd