October 10 - Yorktown junior Nathan Knowles committed late last month to pitch at William & Mary, the latest area hurler landed by the Williamsburg school.
Knowles, a 6-foot, 195-pound right-hander with a fastball that has reached 89 MPH, went 5-1 with a 1.85 ERA and 70 strikeouts to 13 walks in 41 innings this past spring. His signature win came on Apr. 18, when he struck out eight and permitted one run on four hits as the Patriots beat then-undefeated and top-ranked Battlefield, 4-1, at the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“Nathan loves to compete. He not only challenges his opponents, but he challenges his teammates too,” Patriots coach John Skaggs said. “His mound composure last year as a sophomore rivaled that of most seniors. He knows how to control the game and will do great at William & Mary.”
Yorktown finished 17-7, advancing to the Region 6D quarterfinals before falling to eventual region champion Westfield. The Patriots will enter 2020 with two pitchers headed to Division I program: senior Quinlan Montgomery committed earlier this fall to Stony Brook.
Knowles, who plays in the offseason with the Marucci Stars travel program, joins Lake Braddock left-hander Mike Weidinger as area junior pitchers now committed to the Tribe. Gonzaga’s Garrett Newsome, a resident of McLean, and West Potomac lefty Adam Fischer are local seniors who have committed to William & Mary, which has landed at least two Northern Virginia pitchers in each of the seven recruiting classes from 2015-21.
“I am excited to announce that I have committed to play baseball and study at William & Mary,” Knowles posted on Sept. 29, when he announced his commitment. “Thank you to my family, friends and coaches for their support, especially [Stars coach] Carson Carroll and John Skaggs.”
Dolby, Shenkman, Triantos Appear Twice in Perfect Game’s Underclass Scout Notes
Perfect Game releases daily notebooks scouting players at its major events, and three area players - Bryce Dolby, Wyatt Shenkman and James Triantos - were each featured twice during the WWBA Underclass World Championship in Fort Myers, FL.
Independence sophomore Bryce Dolby, a 6-foot-5, 178-pound right-hander who has committed to Virginia Tech, was dominant over his two outings with his Dirtbags Premier 2021 team. He scattered four hits and struck out 10 over five scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over FTB/SF Giants Scout Team 2021 on Oct. 5, two days after fanning five in two scoreless innings of relief in a 4-1 win over Georgia’s Titans 16U Blue.
Dolby “has a very loose and whippy arm and a lot of deception in and with his delivery,” Perfect Game wrote. “He complements his plus fastball with a 69-71 mph tight, 12-to-6 spinning curveball and an 11-to-5 sweeping slider that sat at 73-75 mph. Dolby has a great ability to change eye levels. He shows great poise but does pitch with a controlled high energy.
“The Virginia Tech commit made his second outing of the event on Saturday morning against a very tough lineup. He was up to the task, and more. The right-handed pitcher sat in the upper-80s, after touching 90 in his first outing, and located the pitch well to his glove side.”
Shenkman, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior right-hander from Riverside, struck out six in 4.1 scoreless innings over two relief outings to help his EvoShield Canes 17U National team win the tournament title. The uncommitted pitcher “ran the fastball up to 89 mph on Sunday, sitting 86-88 a majority of the time,” Perfect Game wrote. “Shenkman gets the most out of his frame by creating easy linear direction down the mound and getting good extension over the front side. When the delivery is clean and on time, Lunsford-Shenkman is one of the more enticing uncommitted arms I have seen this weekend.”
Triantos, a North Carolina recruit, went 4-for-16 with two doubles for the EvoShield Canes 16U National team. The two-way standout, who in the spring at St. John’s (D.C.) became the first freshman to earn first-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post, “Continues to do damage at a high level,” Perfect Game wrote. “He’s got innate bat-to-ball skills with plenty of bat speed and ever-developing strength, with very good barrel accuracy and subsequently excellent results.
“Triantos is a really athletic player that excels on the mound as well, but the primary shortstop caught my eye with his tremendous bat speed and advanced barrel control for the class.”
Snyder Bucks Holding College Showcase on Sunday
Several uncommitted players from the Snyder Bucks travel program will showcase for college coaches on Sunday at Brentsville District.
The showcase will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with batting practice and defensive work followed by a scrimmage between 15U-18U players. Several college coaches are expected to attend.
Photos of, clockwise from left, Nathan Knowles courtesy of Yorktown Baseball, Wyatt Shenkman by Joey Kamide, and James Triantos by Billy Sabatini