Quick Hits: In '04, Mason's Gibbons Outdueled ODU's Verlander

October 21 - Quick hits is a new weekly feature of the magazine, consisting of news and notes from around Northern Virginia baseball. 

The Latest: Most of the area’s senior pitchers have made their college commitments. One uncommitted arm to watch is Colgan right-hander Jared Dingus, who should find a landing spot soon … Three area head coaching openings remain: Jefferson has begun interviews while Park View and Gar-Field are currently accepting applications … Paul VI Catholic’s new turf baseball diamond is beginning to take shape in South Riding. The school will move to its new campus next August and the Panthers will debut at the field in March 2020 … Marymount coach Frank Leoni and his staff have landed four area recruits from the Class of 2020: West Springfield right-hander Coleman Grehawick, Briar Woods right-hander Kyle Lewis, Colonial Forge infielder Robert Moffett, and McLean right-hander Alexander Pawlowski … Christopher Newport coach John Harvell, who has recruited numerous area players over his two decades as the skipper at the Newport News school, was married on the Captains’ field over the weekend.

Remember When?: On Apr. 3, 2004, George Mason’s Eric Gibbons outdueled Old Dominion’s Justin Verlander in the Patriots’ 4-3 win over the visiting Monarchs. Gibbons, who has since served as the pitching coach at Oakton and Champe, scattered 10 hits while allowing three runs (two earned) in 7.1 innings. Verlander struck out nine but was reached for four runs on six hits. He would become an eight-time All-Star, won the American League’s Cy Young and MVP awards in 2011, a World Series ring with Houston in 2017 and married supermodel Kate Upton. On Wednesday, he’ll face the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg in Game 2 of the World Series.

Snooze Button: Riverside coach Sam Plank sent a clear message to his players who passed on the Rams’ early-morning weight lifting session on Friday: “16 players missed lifting this morning. Thanks to all the guys who wanted to get better! #Choices,” read a post on Riverside’s baseball Twitter handle

World Series: The Nationals begin play tomorrow night in the World Series against the Houston Astros. Here’s the schedule: Tuesday: Game 1 in Houston at 8:08 p.m. (Max Scherzer vs. Gerrit Cole); Wednesday: Game 2 in Houston at 8:07 p.m. (Stephen Strasburg vs. Justin Verlander); Friday: Game 3 in Washington at 8:07 p.m. (Patrick Corbin vs. Zack Greinke); Saturday: Game 4 in Washington at 8:07 p.m. (TBD vs. TBD); Sunday: Game 5 in Washington at 8:07 p.m.* (TBD vs. TBD); Tuesday, Oct. 29: Game 6 in Houston at 8:07 p.m.* (TBD vs. TBD); Wednesday, Oct. 30 in Houston at 8:08 p.m.* (TBD vs. TBD). * if necessary

Hungry?: Tomorrow from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Briar Woods program will be holding a fundraiser at the Chipotle located at 43660 Yukon Drive in Ashburn. During that time, the restaurant will donate 33 percent of it proceeds from customers who mention they’re there to support the Falcons. 

On Deck: The Metro Baseball Academy will be holding its annual open house on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its facility in Lorton … Prime Time Baseball will be holding the grand opening of its new 7,200 square foot facility in Alexandria on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public … The magazine will be releasing its All-Decade Team this coming weekend, consisting of Northern Virginia’s best from 2010-19. 

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Photos of Eric Gibbons, left, courtesy of George Mason Athletics and Justin Verlander, right, courtesy of Old Dominion Athletics