November 4 - Quick hits is a weekly feature of the magazine consisting of news and notes from around Northern Virginia baseball.
The Latest: It’s common for professional players from the area to come back to train and work as instructors at local academies during the winter months. Jake Agnos, the magazine’s 2016 NOVA Nine Player of the Year who was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Yankees in June after an All-American season at East Carolina, is doing just that. Agnos is working camps and lessons at Complete Game Sports & Fitness in Manassas until he reports for spring training in February. Check out the academy’s website here for details … The coaching positions at Park View and Gar-Field remain open, and administrators at both school are still accepting applications … Brent Weiss, who previously coached at Oakton and Episcopal, has joined the Madison staff as the Warhawks’ infielders coach. Weiss is the nephew of Walt Weiss, who was the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1988 and later managed the Colorado Rockies.
Where Were the College Coaches?: There is a major fracture in the structure of area travel and showcase organizations and the communication among the coaches who run them. Yesterday, the Marucci Stars held a tryout at George Mason University that was attended by coaches from nine Division II, Division III and junior college programs. At the same time, the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League was hosting its Premier Showcase League’s fall championship game between MVP Royals National 2020 and Diamond Elite 18U, and not one college coach attended. Better structure and communication among area coaches would have allowed for the PSL game to be played later in the day - and perhaps even at George Mason - which in turn could have been communicated to the college coaches. That would have allowed them to increase the number of players they would have been able to see. Perhaps a composite calendar should be compiled with each organization posting their games, tryouts, showcases, etc. that are being held in Northern Virginia, working together so there’s not overlap when possible and having that calendar shared with college coaches? Let’s not forget the main objective of travel and showcase ball - it’s to get the players seen. Work together.
Remember When?: In 1987, Pete Schourek put together perhaps the most-dominant season ever by a Northern Virginia high school player. Schourek, who was taken in the second round of the Major League Baseball Draft that June, went 13-1 with a 0.60 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 81 innings while hitting .555 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI to lead the Statesmen to a second straight Northern Region championship and berth in the Group AAA state final. He’d pitch for 11 seasons in the Majors and finished runner-up to Greg Maddux in the 1995 National League Cy Young Award voting.
A Gold Star Fundraising Effort: Dave Keuhner and One Family Brewing partnered with the Diamond Elite travel program over the weekend to raise $500 towards the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Lovettsville. The monument, which will honor the families of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military, is in its planning stages. For more information or to donate, click here.
On Deck: The Metro Baseball Academy’s annual open house is being held on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include free clinics, access to the facility, food and deals on programs. Click here for more information.
Photo and video of Jake Agnos courtesy of Complete Game