Prep Notebook: West Potomac’s Rulapaugh to Miss Season After Elbow Surgery

March 4 - West Potomac senior right-handed pitcher Tyler Rulapaugh, a George Mason University recruit, had surgery last Wednesday to move a displaced nerve and will miss the entire season, coach Jimmy Linza confirmed this morning.

"My disappointment is only in that he will miss his senior year,” Linza wrote via text message. “We wish him a quick and full recovery."

Wednesday’s surgery moved a nerve that had grown in the wrong place and was creating discomfort when Rulapaugh pitched, an ailment that also limited him to 10 innings last spring. Linza said Rulapaugh had initially indicated a desire to pitch through the pain and have the surgery after the season, but George Mason’s coaches requested he have it sooner so he’d be fully recovered in time for his freshman campaign with the Patriots next spring.

Rulapaugh is 4-5 with two saves, a 3.20 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 45 innings over his two varsity seasons with the Wolverines.

Despite the loss of Rulapaugh, West Potomac should still have the deepest staff in the Gunston District. Senior right-hander Jimmy Curley, who has signed with High Point, was a second-team All-Region 6C selection after going 6-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 48 strikeouts to just five walks in 39.1 innings last year. The Wolverines also return two lefties, senior Jack Bachmore, who will pitch at Lynchburg, as well as talented junior Adam Fischer.

Former Hayfield Assistant Terrien is Freedom-Woodbridge’s New Coach

Joe Terrien, who spent the past three seasons as the junior varsity coach at Hayfield and 12 seasons overall as a coach with the Hawks program, was named as the new coach at Freedom-Woodbridge last month just prior to the season beginning.

Terrien becomes the ninth coach in 10 years to lead the Eagles, who went 1-18 last spring in its lone season under former coach Rich Davila. The magazine confirmed his hiring over the weekend via area coaching sources. Freedom’s director of student activities, Steve Bryson, did not return multiple attempts requesting confirmation of the school’s new coach.

Terrien has also coached football at Hayfield and has served as the golf coach at Lee. He works as a special education teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools.

Gunst, Aker, Anchors from Paul VI’s 2012 WCAC, State Championship Team, Keynote Preseason Dinner

Mark Gunst and Mitchell Aker, who helped Paul VI Catholic win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) and VISAA Division I state championships in 2012, served as the keynote speakers at the Panthers’ annual First Pitch Dinner on Saturday.

Gunst and Aker, who went on to pitch at James Madison and William & Mary, respectively, helped Paul VI go 23-11 and sweep the WCAC and state titles for the second time in school history. Gunst was a second-team all-conference selection that spring, with Thomas Beauchamp and Richard Mancari earning first-team honors.

Aker is entering his fourth year at the professional level, having signed to pitch this season for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball.

Photo of Tyler Rulapaugh courtesy of West Potomac Baseball