Recruiting Notebook: George Mason Adds Miles to ‘19 Class

April 27 - Battlefield’s Craig Miles became the seventh member of George Mason’s 2019 recruiting class, announcing his commitment to the Patriots last week.

Miles, a left-handed swinging center fielder who plays with the EvoShield Canes during the offseason, has been one of Northern Virginia’s hottest hitters this spring. He began the season with a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .538 with a .673 on-base percentage despite cooling off recently, totaling just one hit over the Bobcats’ last four games. Of the leadoff man’s 21 hits, eight have gone for extra bases, and he’s also drawn 15 walks, scored 20 runs and has nine stolen bases.

A first-team All-Cedar Run District and second-team All-Region 6D selection last year, Miles joins a seven-player George Mason recruiting haul that includes Lake Braddock two-way standout Lyle Miller-Green and West Potomac right-hander Tyler Rulapaugh, who is out for the season following elbow surgery.

The Patriots have landed 18 players from Northern Virginia schools over their past four recruiting classes.

McLean Freshman Stieg Commits to Play for Virginia Tech

McLean outfielder and right-handed pitcher Griffin Stieg became the latest member of the area’s talented freshman class to commit early to a Division I program, announcing his intention to play at Virginia Tech. Highlanders coach John Dowling confirmed his commitment this morning.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Stieg has provided a spark at the top of McLean’s lineup since Dowling penciled him into the leadoff spot earlier this season. The Highlanders (10-5) have won nine of 10 since the lineup change was made and they are averaging 7.8 runs per game.

Stieg, who plays for the Marucci Stars during the offseason, entered today’s game against No. 9 Centreville hitting .429 with a team-high 24 hits and 11 RBI. He was 3-for-4 in Tuesday’s 8-7 win over No. 6 Yorktown.

Former 2-Time All-Region Pick Lingebach to Transfer to CNU for 2020 Season

Eric Lingebach, one of Oakton’s heroes during its run to the region championship in 2017 and a two-time all-region selection with the Cougars, will transfer to Christopher Newport next year after he was unable to walk on this past fall at James Madison.

The left-handed swinging Lingebach, who played shortstop, second base and first base over his three varsity campaigns, hit a combined .353 with 59 hits, nine home runs and 43 RBI over the 2017-18 seasons. He then hit .441 with five homers and 51 RBI to lead Vienna Post 180 to a 31-5 record and the American Legion state championship last summer.

Photo of Battlefield’s Craig Miles by Joey Kamide