June 21 - Senior right-hander Joe Clancy, who led Westfield to the Concorde District and Region 6D championships and to the Class 6 state final, was named earlier this week as a third-team ABCA/Rawlings All-America selection.
Clancy, who will pitch next year at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, went 9-1 with a save, a 0.85 ERA and 114 strikeouts to just 29 walks in 65.2 innings as the Bulldogs (24-4) had one of the best seasons in the program’s 20-year history. He anchored a pitching staff that set a state record with 16 shutouts and also hit .318 with a .511 on-base percentage, four home runs and 18 RBI.
“Obviously, I’m very thankful,” Clancy said. “A little surprised. Looking at the list of the guys that were on there, it was a huge honor with a lot of big names.”
Clancy was the only Virginia player named to any of the three teams and the first from the state to be honored since Langley’s Danny Hosley was also a third-team selection in 2017.
Tolson Named Free-Lance Star’s All-Area Player of the Year
Stafford’s Mike Tolson has been honored by the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star as their All-Area Player of the Year, the publication announced today.
The Indians’ senior, a member of the magazine’s NOVA Nine Team and the Class 5 State Player of the Year, went 10-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 94 strikeouts to 43 walks in 77 innings. He tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over rival North Stafford in the Region 5D quarterfinals, then went five innings to earn the decision in a 3-1 win over Orange County in the region semifinals and a 5-0 win over Broad Run in the Class 5 state quarterfinals.
Stafford (24-3) would go on to beat Mills Godwin, 4-3, on Tucker Sullivan’s walk-off single to claim the program’s first state title.
Tolson, who will play at Western Carolina University, had a midseason slump at the plate but still managed to drive in 16 runs and had several key hits during the Indians’ postseason run. He finished his career with a school-record 22 victories.
Stafford’s Tommy Harrison was named the publication’s Coach of the Year, while Indians outfielders Ethan Lambros and Caleb McAlister and two-way standout Tucker Sullivan joined Tolson as first-team All-Area selections. Other Northern Virginia players chosen as first-team picks were Mountain View’s Andrew Neff, Spotsylvania’s Trevor Croson, North Stafford’s Owen Ledford and Colonial Forge’s Aiden Tierney.
Riverbend’s Sciandra Steps Down After 3 Seasons
Angelo Sciandra stepped down earlier this week after three seasons as the head coach at Riverbend, the magazine has confirmed.
“I don’t feel I can give time that the program deserves,” wrote Sciandra, whose wife recently had a baby, in a text message on Wednesday. “The players made it extremely enjoyable. I loved doing it and coaching the players about baseball, but more importantly, about life.”
After serving as Bears’ pitching coach for two seasons under former coach Stephen Morin, Sciandra was promoted prior to the 2017 season. He was 21-44 over his three seasons. This spring, Riverbend went 7-15, upsetting a 15-win Thomas Dale team in the Region 6B quarterfinals before falling to eventual region champion James River, 7-6, in extra innings in the semifinals.
The vacancy at the Fredericksburg school is the fourth in Northern Virginia, joining the openings at Champe, Herndon and Stone Bridge.
Miller-Green Named PBR’s Virginia/D.C. Player of the Year
Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green continues to pile up postseason honors after leading the Bruins to the Class 6 state championship.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior outfielder and right-handed pitcher was named earlier this week as Prep Baseball Report’s Virginia/D.C. Player of the Year after hitting .435 with 12 home runs and 28 RBI and going 6-0 with five saves, a 1.24 ERA and 91 strikeouts to 27 walks in 56.1 innings. Miller-Green also earned Player of the Year for the magazine’s NOVA Nine Team, The Washington Post’s All-Met Team, the Patriot District, in Region 6C, and the Class 6 all-state team.
He has signed as a two-way player with George Mason University.
Other area players joining Miller-Green as first-team PBR selections were Battlefield senior shortstop and right-hander Zach Agnos, Stone Bridge senior outfielder Paul Moore, Battlefield senior outfielder Craig Miles, Westfield senior right-hander Joe Clancy and Potomac Falls junior lefty Nate Savino. Agnos, Clancy and Savino each joined Miller-Green as NOVA Nine Team selections.
To view each of PBR’s three postseason teams, click here.
Photos of, clockwise from left, Westfield’s Joe Clancy by Fred Ingham, Stafford’s Mike Tolson courtesy of Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, and Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green by Gregg Zelkin