March 19 - Jay Nesson struck out 13 while limiting Hayfield to one hit over six innings as George Mason beat the visiting Hawks, 2-0, last night in Falls Church.
The efficient Nesson recorded first-pitch strikes to 20 of 23 batters, had 64 of 86 pitches for strikes and didn’t walk a batter as the Mustangs (1-2) won their first game of the spring. After allowing a two-out single to Sam Graziano in the top of the first, the senior right-hander set down six straight and 10 of 11. He’d work around two errors to strand two runners in scoring position in the fifth, then retired the Hawks in order in the sixth before handing off to Caleb Parnell, who pitched the seventh to earn the save.
Thomas Downs had an RBI double in the third inning and Parnell drove in an insurance run on a fielder’s choice in the sixth to provide the game’s final margin. Hayfield starter Daniel Peterson took the loss despite allowing just one run on five hits in five innings.
Here are recaps of yesterday’s games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:
No. 1 Battlefield 8, No. 3 Freedom-South Riding 7 - Craig Miles went 3-for-4 with a triple and scored three runs, Peter Benevides and Jamie Garrison drove in two runs apiece and Kyle Terrell scored a walk-off run on a wild pitch as the Bobcats remained undefeated and handed the Eagles their second straight loss. J.T. McGuire earned the win after pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings in relief. Bryce Eisenreich and Jack Greentree each drove in two runs for Freedom.
No. 4 Potomac 7, Osbourn 0 - Ben Thomas was 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI while Braden Mack struck out five over four hitless innings and Jackson Lowery and Nate Saber each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to complete the shutout to lead the Panthers. Tyler Husband had the Eagles’ lone hit.
No. 7 Patriot 12, Mountain View 2 - Riley Eikhoff had a three-run triple during a 12-run fourth inning that saw the Pioneers send 18 batters to the plate en route to their third straight win to open the season. Jaden Minnick filled up the box score by going 2-for-2 with two walks, three RBI, a stolen base and a run and Luke Basler went four innings to earn the win before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Top 10 Today: No. 5 Lake Braddock at No. 2 Madison; Woodgrove at No. 3 Freedom-South Riding; No. 4 Potomac at Gar-Field; No. 7 Bishop O’Connell at West Potomac; South County at No. 8 South Lakes; Bishop Ireton at No. 9 Episcopal; Hayfield at No. 10 Westfield
Other Games: Potomac Falls’ Reiss Phillips had three hits while Andrew Gerhart and Matt Weber each drove in two runs in an 8-2 win in game one, and Loudoun County’s Wyatt DeProspero tossed five scoreless innings in a 3-0 win in game two as the two teams split a doubleheader in Leesburg … Shane Saunders went 2-for-3 with a walk and two steals and Cameron Mozingo-Morales went four scoreless innings in Osbourn Park’s 5-0 win over Colonial Forge … Patrick Millner struck out seven, scattering three hits and allowing one unearned run over five innings while Trevor Ferares and Connor Dymon each had two hits and an RBI in Courtland’s 2-1 win over Colonial Beach.
Photo of Jay Nesson courtesy of George Mason Baseball