April 3 - Joe Clancy struck out 15 and pitched a two-hit shutout to lead Westfield past visiting Centreville, 3-0, in a Concorde District clash featuring two teams ranked in the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll.
Clancy struck out the first seven batters he faced before issuing the first of four walks, then carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Thomas Trinca and Eric Bohenek had back-to-back two-out singles. The senior right-hander struck out each of the Wildcats’ starters at least once and allowed only one base runner to reach third base as the No. 5 Bulldogs (6-0 overall, 2-0 district) posted their sixth consecutive shutout to begin the season.
Nick Lottchea’s two-out RBI double off Centreville starter Hunter Bell opened the game’s scoring in the second inning, and Kevin Mackmin drove home an insurance run an inning later on a ground out. Bell took the loss after surrendering the two runs on three hits and seven walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out four.
The Wildcats (4-2, 0-1), ranked No. 10 in this week’s poll, had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Westfield pitchers have yet to allow a run in 36 innings of work, recording 63 strikeouts while permitting just 12 hits over that stretch. The Virginia High School League does not identify a record for most consecutive team shutouts, but does list a mark for most consecutive scoreless innings, set by William Byrd in 1996. The Bulldogs will look to surpass that mark when they travel to No. 8 Madison (4-2, 0-1) on Friday.
Here are recaps of yesterday’s other games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:
No. 2 Potomac 13, Colgan 3 - The Panthers’ pitching staff saw its consecutive hitless innings streak end at 27, nonetheless won their seventh straight to begin the season behind a 10-run third inning. Brody Mack went five innings to earn his fifth win and added two RBI at the plate, while Matt Drumgold went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. The Sharks got a two-run double from Brady Carter to take a brief 3-1 lead in the top of the third.
No. 3 Lake Braddock 10, W.T. Woodson 0 - Lyle Miller-Green homered and Bobby Leitzel’s three-run triple put the game away during a seven-run fourth as the Bruins cruised to their sixth straight win to begin the season. Sam Grable was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and Jay Cassady struck out seven and scattered two hits in five innings before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.
No. 4 Patriot 11, Stonewall Jackson 4 - Riley Eikhoff was 2-for-3 with a double and four RBI and Tyler Helbert as the Pioneers won their sixth straight to begin the spring. Eli Serrano struck out six and permitted three unearned runs over six innings to pick up the win, and the freshman also went 1-for-2 with two walks and two steals at the plate.
McLean 8, No. 6 South Lakes 6 - Anthony Farmakides was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBI and Zavyor Zenk scattered three hits and allowed two unearned runs over five innings of relief to earn the win and hand the Seahawks their second straight loss. Garrett O’Connor had three hits and Jaime Quinn-Irons drove in four runs to pace South Lakes.
No. 7 Episcopal 3, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 0 - Thomas Windels struck out 12 and pitched a three-hit shutout as the Maroon bounced back from their first loss on Saturday. David Rondeau and Emmett Morehead each had two hits to pace Episcopal. Saints starter Ryder Duncan went the distance, allowing three runs on eight hits and four walks.
No. 8 Madison 4, Marshall 1 - Ethan Lipp went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI while Josh Gjormand added two hits while going the distance and striking out eight as the Warhawks won for the third time in four games. Robert Kelley took the loss, surrendering four runs (two earned) on eight hits in 6.2 innings. Danny Hoffman had two hits to pace the Statesmen.
Gonzaga (D.C.) 4, No. 9 Bishop O’Connell 1 - Garrett Newsome struck out six and scattered seven hits over 5.1 innings and drove in three runs as the Purple Eagles snapped the Knights’ five-game winning streak. Eddie Eisert and Ryan Bhajowni had two hits apiece for O’Connell. Peter Colevas took the loss after allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits in five innings.
Top 10 Today: None
Other Games: Sajon Belser and Benson Farmery each had three hits as Riverside downed host Loudoun County, 12-3, to give Rams coach Sam Plank his 300th career win … Nate Savino struck out 13 while tossing a two-hit shutout in Potomac Falls’ 3-0 win over Freedom-South Riding … Kraig Broecker went five innings and Ryan Shroyer completed the shutout in Briar Woods’ 4-0 win over crosstown rival Stone Bridge … Vince DiMauro struck out 11 and limited Culpeper County to three hits in a complete game outing while Billy Hoad went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple to lead unbeaten Brentsville District to a 7-1 win … Adam Fischer had 15 strikeouts in 5.2 innings and Justin Bassett was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as West Potomac beat Annandale, 4-0 … Shane Saunders was 3-for-4 with four runs and four steals, Jack Braley drove in five runs and Cameron Mozingo-Morales earned the win as Osbourn Park downed Osbourn, 18-2, for its fifth consecutive victory … Christian Hile fanned 11 in a complete game outing and added two hits to lead Woodgrove to a 2-1 win over Heritage … Four players had two hits to lead Yorktown to a 12-6 win over Langley … Joe DeBardi and Eddie Gimbel each went 3-for-3 with three extra-base hits and Ty Gravett drove in three runs to lead Highland School past Potomac School, 16-6.
Photo of Westfield’s Joe Clancy by Fred Ingham