Recruiting Notebook: Virginia/DC Teams Sweep at PBR Mid-Atlantic Challenge

November 8 - Lake Braddock’s Bobby Leitzel went 2-for-3 and had a go-ahead RBI double in the Class of 2019 game and Battlefield’s Peter Benevides drove home the winning run in the Class of 2020 contest as the Virginia/DC teams swept three games from the Maryland/Delaware representatives at Prep Baseball Report’s Mid-Atlantic Challenge on Sunday in Ruther Glen.

Leitzel, a left-handed swinging middle infielder, provided all the offense the Virginia/DC team would need in the day’s nightcap as four pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 win. Matt Michel (Battlefield), Gunner Canary (Riverside) and David Setien (Riverside) each tossed two scoreless frames, and Magnus Ellerts (Woodbridge), one of the game’s few committed players after accepting an offer to Maryland’s Harford Community College a couple days prior to the event, struck out two while earning the save with a scoreless seventh. Setien fanned three.

In the 2020 game earlier in the day, Benevides doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth as Virginia/DC won, 4-3. Gavin Collins (Centreville) reached three times - doubling and walking twice - and Blake Fisher (Highland School) drew a walk and struck out two in a perfect inning of work. The day’s first game, featuring freshmen and sophomores, was won by Virginia/DC, 8-3, behind the play of Diego Barrett (C.D. Hylton) and Grant Hartman (Lake Braddock).

The invite-only event featured many of the area’s top uncommitted players in their respective classes and included a workout, batting practice and the three contests It was held at the Virginia Sports Complex. Reports from the games were provided by the PBR staff.

PrimeTime’s College Showcase Expecting Over 20 Schools on Saturday

Organizers of the college showcase hosted by PrimeTime Baseball on Saturday are expecting nearly two dozen college coaches from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, and the event sold out earlier this week.

Scheduled to be held in the morning at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria and in the afternoon at Barcroft Park in Arlington, the showcase will follow a recruiting seminar hosted by PrimeTime and featuring Georgetown University coach Pete Wilk on Friday night.

Players interested in registering for the recruiting seminar or being added to the showcase’s wait list can do so by contacting John Skaggs at College coaches interested in attending are also requested to contact Skaggs.

College Commitments Heat Up as NCAA Early Signing Period Approaches

Many area players have made their college commitments in recent weeks leading up to the beginning of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) early signing period, which begins on Wednesday.

The magazine posts stories on players committing to Division I scholarships, and requests that players and coaches announcing those commitments contact us or tag the magazine’s Twitter page when a player makes his decision.

Players from Northern Virginia schools to commit to Division I programs this fall include Colonial Forge senior catcher and first baseman Jake Wortman, Paul VI Catholic freshman left-hander Bradley Gagen, Bishop O’Connell junior shortstop and pitcher Eddie Eisert, Fairfax senior infielder Dylan Wilkinson, Kettle Run junior pitcher and third baseman Joe Vogatsky, Loudoun County senior lefty Donovan Burke and Chantilly senior pitcher and shortstop Dylan Siesky.

There are an estimated 50,000 collegiate baseball players rostered by over 1,600 programs nationally each year. NCAA programs at the Division I and Division II level are able to offer athletic scholarships. Players also have opportunities to play at the NCAA Division III level, in the three divisions of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), and in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Photo of Bobby Leitzel courtesy of Lake Braddock Baseball