Recruiting Notebook: Lottchea, 2019 NOVA Nine Team Pick, to Play at William & Mary

October 16 - Nick Lottchea, who exploded on the scene as a sophomore this spring while helping Westfield reach the Class 6 state final, committed earlier today to play at William & Mary. 

“Every time I step on the field, I am going to give it everything I have. There is something to be said for heart,” said Lottchea, who was a second-team all-state selection and member of the NOVA Nine Team. “I feel as though that is the brand of baseball coach [Brian] Murphy and his staff push their team to be like, and that is the group of people I want to surround myself with.”

An outfielder and left-handed pitcher, Lottchea hit .422 with a .505 on-base percentage, 14 extra-base hits and 27 RBI and was 9-1 with 1.45 ERA in 43.1 innings last season. He and right-hander Joe Clancy, another NOVA Nine Team selection, led the Bulldogs (24-4) to their second region championship and state final appearance in program history. 

Lottchea, who plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program, is part of a talented young core at Westfield that also includes two pitchers who have committed to James Madison, junior left-hander Tyler Muscar and sophomore right-hander Jason Cheifetz. 

Lottchea was recruited as an outfielder, but he said the William & Mary coaches indicated he’d be given an opportunity to pitch as well should his velocity see an increase over his final two prep seasons. The Tribe’s Class of 2021 recruiting class also includes area pitchers Nathan Knowles (Yorktown) and Mike Weidinger (Lake Braddock). 

“Not only do they care about competing at the highest level, they care about what kind of education their kids are trying to pursue. And more importantly, they care about what kind of men their kids are going to become,” Lottchea said of the coaches at William & Mary, which went 33-22 overall and 12-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association last spring. “I took a visit back in September, and it exceeded all expectations. The environment, the culture just the way everyone at William & Mary goes about their business it top-notch.”

Briar Woods’ Famiglietti, Hylton’s Barrett Make Commitments

Briar Woods senior Nick Famiglietti and C.D. Hyton junior Diego Barrett made their college commitments over the past two days. 

Famiglietti committed yesterday to play at Massachusetts, becoming the latest college-bound player at the Ashburn school. The infielder, who plays with the NOVA Premier travel program during the offseason, joins senior catcher Nathan Cmeyla (Dartmouth), senior infielder Cole Kumpf (Wagner) and junior infielder Evan Smith (West Virginia) as Falcons players now committed to Division I programs. 

Additionally, senior pitcher Kyle Lewis will play at Division III Marymount and senior outfielder Jacob Weaver will play at Division II Lincoln Memorial. 

Barrett, meanwhile, committed earlier today to play at George Mason. The infielder and right-handed pitcher, who plays with the Marucci Stars travel program, had his fastball reach 89 MPH earlier this month at the Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship in Fort Myers, FL. 

Former Woodgrove Standout Hanvey to Transfer to East Tennessee State

Justin Hanvey, a first-team Class 4 all-state selection as a senior at Woodgrove in 2018, is transferring to East Tennessee State after one season at Florence-Darlington Tech.

Hanvey initially was to play at Radford before transferring last winter to the South Carolina junior college. At Woodgrove, he holds the career record for runs, triples, home runs, RBI and games played.

East Tennessee State was 34-21 overall and 11-12 in the Southern Conference last season under coach Joe Pennucci, the program’s best season since 2011.

Photos of, clockwise from left, Westfield’s Nick Lottchea by Fred Ingham, Diego Barrett courtesy of C.D. Hylton Baseball, Briar Woods’ Nick Famiglietti by Michael Ferrara, and Justin Hanvey courtesy of Woodgrove Baseball