Recruiting Notebook: Eikhoff Decommits From Virginia

June 17 - Riley Eikhoff, a first-team All-Region 6D selection this spring, has decommitted from the University of Virginia as the summer recruiting circuit heats up.

The junior right-handed pitcher and shortstop is a three-year starter for the Pioneers, who went 17-5 this spring before falling in the Region 6D quarterfinals to Centreville. He was 6-2 with a 2.18 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 47.2 innings this year.

“After much thought and conversation with my family, I have made the decision that is in my best interest to decommit from the University of Virginia, and I am reopening my recruitment,” Eikhoff posted earlier tonight on his Twitter handle.

Eikhoff initially committed to the Cavaliers in the fall of 2017. He plays during the offseason with the EvoShield Canes travel program.

Centreville’s Trinca Commits to George Mason

Thomas Trinca committed last week to play at George Mason, the Patriots’ first commitment from the Class of 2020.

The outfielder was a first-team All-Region 6D selection this spring after hitting .423 with a .484 on-base percentage, 16 extra-base hits - including 11 doubles - with 16 RBI and nine steals. He plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program.

Commonwealth Games to Be Held July 19-21 in Lynchburg

The 30th annual Virginia Commonwealth Games, the state’s premier recruiting event, will be held July 19-21 in Lynchburg.

Potomac coach Mike Covington, who has coached the North team each year the Games have been held, said today he hopes to finalize his roster in the next couple days. Covington led the North team to the championship last year after having a seven-year title run snapped in 2017.

On July 19, teams will hold batting practice on the field at Liberty University, followed by the opening ceremonies. The West will play the Central at 6 p.m. and the North will play the East at 8:30 p.m. On July 20, games begin at 9:30 a.m., with the Central playing the North in the first game, followed by the West vs. the East, the East vs. the Central, and the North vs. the Central.

On July 21, the Bronze Medal game is scheduled in the morning, with the Gold Medal game held in the afternoon.

Photo of, clockwise from left, Patriot’s Riley Eikhoff and Centreville’s Thomas Trinca by Fred Ingham, and Mike Covington by Joey Kamide