June 18 - Two area state champions top the final Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.
No. 1 Lake Braddock (26-3) received 37 of 41 first-place votes and had 406 points while No. 2 Stafford (24-3) got the remaining four first-place votes and 363 points from the magazine’s 41-member selection committee.
On Friday, the Bruins defeated James River, 9-6, in the Class 6 state semifinals before holding off then-No. 1 Westfield, 6-2, to claim the Burke school’s second state title under first-year head coach John Thomas. The Bulldogs (24-4) finished No. 3, receiving 337 points after reaching its first state final since 2004.
The Lake Braddock-Westfield showdown marked the third time in five years that two Northern Virginia teams have met in the Class 6 state final.
The Indians (24-3) capped their memorable season in dramatic fashion, beating Hickory, 11-10, in walk-off fashion in the Class 5 state semifinals and then beating Mills Godwin, 4-3, in the final on Tucker Sullivan’s walk-off single. Coach Tommy Harrison’s club won the first state championship in program history.
No. 4 Riverside (18-8) and No. 5 Brentsville District flipped positions this week after heartbreaking endings to their respective seasons.
The Rams, who received 245 points, advanced to the Class 4 state final but fell to Lafayette, 7-6, on a game-ending error. It was the fourth-year program’s second state final berth in four years. The Tigers (21-4) reached the Class 3 state semifinals for a second straight year but lost to eventual champion Fluvanna County, 5-4, on a walk-off home run. They got 244 points.
The final five spots remained the same. No. 6 Centreville (18-9) received 194 points and was followed by No. 7 Patriot (17-5) with 141 points, No. 8 Battlefield (18-5) with 128 points, No. 9 Briar Woods (20-5) with 87 points and No. 10 Highland School (20-5) with 51 points.
Also receiving votes were the following teams: Potomac (24), Colonial Forge (12), Madison (8), Stone Bridge (7), West Springfield (5), Broad Run (2) and West Potomac (1).
Sponsor: The Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll is sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria. For more information on the academy visit www.primetimebaseball.co.
Photos of Lake Braddock coach John Thomas, top, by Gregg Zelkin and of Stafford coach Tommy Harrison, bottom, by Michael Greene