September 1 - The magazine’s third annual College Summer All-Star Team consists of a 25-man roster of players hailing from Northern Virginia.
This year’s team is led by Matt Thomas, who hit .366 with 43 RBI and led the Bethesda Big Train to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League championship. He’s joined in our starting lineup by seven other players who hit over .300 this summer: Watertown Rapids catcher George Rosales (.352), Alexandria Aces first baseman and outfielder Scotty Morgan (.319), Charlottesville TomSox second baseman Trey McDyre (.325), Vermont Mountaineers shortstop Austin Gauthier (.301), Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts third baseman Lucas Donlon (.300), FCA Braves outfielder Jordan Ebersole (.311) and New Market Rebels outfielder Jonah Seagears (.306).
FCA Braves right-hander Jack Cone, who led the CRCBL with a 2.70 ERA, and Alexandria Aces right-hander Jared Lyons (2.85 ERA, 45 K’s) anchor the rotation, with the bullpen paced by two relievers with who had sub-2.00 ERAs this summer - the D.C. Grays’ Magnus Ellerts and Matsu Miners’ Owen Lamon.
The 25 players selected come from 17 different teams in eight leagues - the Alaska Baseball League, CRCBL, Cape Cod League, Coastal Plain League, New England Collegiate Baseball League, Northwoods League, Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and the Valley Baseball League.
Here are this year’s selections:
Catcher: George Rosales, Watertown Rapids - The Briar Woods grad hit .352 with a .510 on-base percentage, one homer and 12 RBI in 23 games in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Had a 13-game hitting streak in July and finished with seven multi-hit games. Entering his sophomore year at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
First Base: Scotty Morgan, Alexandria Aces - The Woodbridge grad was a first-team All-Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League selection after hitting .319 with a .434 on-base percentage and a league-high nine home runs along with 29 RBI in 36 regular season games. Had a 16-game hitting streak in June and into early July and finished with nine multi-hit games. Entering his junior year at George Mason University.
Second Base: Trey McDyre, Charlottesville TomSox - The Loudoun Valley grad hit .325 with a .424 on-base percentage and helped the TomSox reach the Valley Baseball League championship series. Had a five-hit game in June, finished with 39 hits and 19 RBI in 32 regular season games. Entering his senior year at Liberty University.
Shortstop: Austin Gauthier, Vermont Mountaineers - The South County grad hit .301 with a .406 on-base percentage, 14 extra-base hits and 18 RBI in 43 regular season games while earning New England Collegiate Baseball League All-Star honors. Had 17 multi-hit games, five contests with three hits, and finished tied for eighth in doubles (11), tied for 13th in the league in hits (50) and tied for third in walks (39). Entering his junior year at Hofstra University.
Third Base: Lucas Donlon, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts - The Georgetown Prep grad and McLean resident was one of the top rising freshmen in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, hitting .300 with a .376 on-base percentage and 12 RBI in 25 regular season games. He was even better in the playoffs, hitting .368 with three homes and five RBI in five games as the Thunderbolts reached the league championship series. Entering his freshman year at Virginia Tech.
Outfield: Hunter Gore, Wilson Tobs - The Loudoun Valley grad hit .223 with a .374 on-base percentage, seven homers and 35 RBI in 43 games in the Coastal Plain League. Also had 11 doubles and his 32 walks were tied for seventh in the league. Entering his redshirt junior year at the University of Mount Olive.
Outfield: Jordan Ebersole, FCA Braves - The Madison grad hit .311 with a 419 on-base percentage, four homers and 14 RBI in 25 regular season games in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Was 4-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in a win over the Alexandria Aces on July 13. Entering his senior year at the Virginia Military Institute.
Outfield: Jonah Seagears, New Market Rebels - The Battlefield grad hit .306 with a .428 on-base percentage, three homers and 18 RBI and finished second in the Valley League in steals (21) and tied for eighth in runs (32). Had 13 multi-hit games, including five straight at one point in June. Entering his sophomore year at Virginia Tech.
Designated Hitter: Scout Knotts, North Adams SteepleCats - The South County grad hit .296 with a .388 on-base percentage, nine doubles, two homers and 26 RBI in 41 games for his New England Collegiate Baseball League club. Had 13 multi-hit games, including five straight at one point in early July. Entering his junior year at Shippensburg University.
Utility: Matt Thomas, Bethesda Big Train - A first-team all-league selection and the playoff MVP after helping the Big Train win the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League title, the Lake Braddock grad led the CRCBL in RBI (43) and was second in hits (45) and third in batting average (.366) during the regular season. Had an 11-game hitting streak in July and finished with 16 multi-hit games. Hit .417 in the postseason and a go-ahead three-run homer in the deciding game of the league championship series. Entering his sophomore year at the College of William & Mary.
Reserves: Lyle Miller Green, OF/1B, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts; Michael Ludowig, OF, Harwich Mariners; Anthony Stehlin, UTL, Edenton Steamers; Parker Denny, 1B, Newark Pilots … Notes: Miller-Green (Lake Braddock/George Mason) joined the CRCBL team late after helping the Bruins win the VHSL Class 6 state title, hitting .313 with a .380 on-base percentage and nine RBI in 18 games … Ludowig (Briar Woods/Wake Forest) hit .256 in 28 regular season games, then batted .375 in the Cape Cod League postseason … Stehlin (Forest Park/Concord) hit .273 with a .366 on-base percentage, 3 homers and 25 RBI in 44 games in the Coastal Plain League … Denny (Yorktown/Seton Hill) hit .239 with a .359 on-base percentage, three homers and 18 RBI in 33 games during the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s regular season.
Starting Pitcher: Jack Cone, RHP, FCA Braves - The South County grad went 3-2 with a league-best 2.70 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. Had a 14.1-inning scoreless streak to begin the summer, and allowed two runs or less in four of his six starts. Also earned two saves while making three relief appearances and the versatile player hit .210 with a .320 on-base percentage and two homers in 62 at-bats. Entering his sophomore year at the College of William & Mary.
Other Starting Pitchers: Jared Lyons, RHP, Alexandria Aces; Antonio Menendez, Harwich Mariners; Marty Tolson Jr., Rochester Honkers … Notes: Lyons (West Springfield/George Mason) recorded a 2.85 ERA with 45 strikeouts - both ranked second in the CRCBL - in 28.1 innings over his eight starts … Menendez (Herndon/Wake Forest) came on strong late after shifting from the bullpen and was one of the Cape Cod League’s top starters down the stretch, finishing with a 3.72 ERA in 29 innings during the regular season and tossing six scoreless innings in his lone postseason start … Tolson (Stafford/Maryland-Eastern Shore) went 5-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 52 innings for his Northwoods League club.
Relief Pitchers: Nick Stewart, RHP, Harwich Mariners; Jack Nathan, LHP, FCA Braves; Jack Weeks, LHP, Bethesda Big Train; Magnus Ellerts, RHP, D.C. Grays; Owen Lamon, RHP, Matsu Miners; Kevin Ledford, RHP, Winchester Royals … Notes: Stewart (Rock Ridge/James Madison) had 32 strikeouts and recorded three saves, compiling a 4.68 ERA in 25 innings for the Cape Cod League club … Nathan (South Lakes/High Point) posted a 3.29 ERA over 27.1 innings in 10 appearances … Weeks (Paul VI Catholic/Georgetown) compiled a 3.05 ERA in 17.2 innings over 12 relief outings … Ellerts (Woodbrdge/Harford CC), a rising freshman, had a 1.45 ERA with two saves and 18 strikeouts in 12.1 innings over 11 outings … Lamon (Oakton/Georgetown) posted a 1.84 ERA in 14.2 innings over 15 relief appearances with his Alaska Baseball League club … Ledford (North Stafford/Roanoke) posted a 4.50 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 20 innings and ranked second in the Valley Baseball League with five saves.