Recruiting Notebook: Longwood Renews NOVA Presence, Lands 3 Area Recruits

August 27 - Longwood, which had landed just one scholarship player from a Northern Virginia school since 2014, has gained the commitment of three area seniors over the past month. 

Committing to the Lancers in recent weeks have been Heritage pitcher and infielder Dylan Saale, Colonial Forge outfielder Aiden Tierney and Riverbend pitcher Aidan Vanvickle. Saale and Vanvickle both play in the offseason with the EvoShield Canes travel program, while Tierney plays for the Marucci Stars. 

Saale, who committed as a pitcher, was 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 28.2 innings and hit .328 with 19 hits, two home runs and 12 RBI in the spring. Tierney was a first-team Class 6 all-state selection after hitting .431 with 25 RBI and helping the Eagles reach the state tournament. Vanvickle, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-hander, has earned second-team All-Commonwealth District honors in each of the past two seasons. 

Longwood was 11-41 overall and 5-22 in the Big South Conference last spring and is entering its sixth year under head coach Ryan Mau. 

Savino, Johnson, Eikhoff Among PBR’s Top 2020 Recruits in New Rankings

Three area players - Potomac Falls lefty Nate Savino, Colgan outfielder Ryley Johnson and Patriot right-hander and infielder Riley Eikhoff - are among the top 15 players in Prep Baseball Report’s latest ranking of the top Virginia and Washington, D.C. players in the Class of 2020. 

Savino, the recruiting service’s No. 6 prospect nationally, remains the top-ranked recruit in Virginia and D.C. The Virginia commit is currently in Taiwan with the USA Baseball 18U National Team as it prepares for the WSBC U-18 Baseball World Cup in South Korea. 

Johnson, who has committed to East Carolina, is ranked No. 6 in the latest rankings, which were released yesterday. Eikhoff, a Coastal Carolina recruit, is ranked No. 11. To view the rankings, click here

Thompson to Join Teammate Dooley at VMI

Jack Thompson has been teammates with Ryan Dooley at South Lakes and during the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program, and now the two seniors will suit up together for four more years in college. 

Thompson, who had his fastball clocked as high as 89 MPH this summer at the Perfect Game WWBA 17U National Championship in Georgia, committed earlier this month to pitch at the Virginia Military Institute. He’ll join Dooley, an All-Region 6D infielder who committed last fall to the Keydets.

VMI, which went 17-41 overall and 9-15 in the Southern Conference under coach Jonathan Hadra, has landed four area players in its 2020 recruiting haul. Also committed to the Keydets are Osbourn Park outfielder Shane Saunders and infielder Jed Barrett. 

Photos of, clockwise from left, Colonial Forge’s Aiden Tierney by Jennifer Muhlenbruck, Colgan’s Ryley Johnson by Joey Kamide, and Jack Thompson courtesy of South Lakes Baseball