April 9 - Danny Checkosky struck out 11 and pitched his first career no-hitter as Robinson beat host South County, 3-0, last night in Lorton.
The senior right-hander, who will pitch at Roanoke College next year, was making his first start of the season after previously working out of the Rams’ bullpen. He fanned at least one batter in each inning, struck out the final Stallions hitter he faced in five frames, and finished with 99 pitches.
“He pitched real well,” Robinson coach Mike Gallagher wrote via text message this morning. “His [velocity] was the best we have seen - [he] sat in the mid-80s - and he got his breaking stuff over for strikes.”
Joe Ostrowski was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Warren Holzemer had two hits and three steals for the Rams (6-2 overall, 2-1 Patriot District), who have won four of five. Tyler Gauthier took the loss despite allowing just one run on two hits in four innings for the Stallions (4-3, 1-2).
Checkosky is now 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA and has 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. Opposing teams are hitting just .083 against him.
Here are recaps of yesterday’s games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:
No. 4 Westfield 13, Langley 4 - Joe Clancy hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Danny Leo went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Bulldogs rallied for five runs in the fourth inning and six runs in the sixth after falling behind for the first time this season. Three pitchers - Tyler Muscar, Travis Blee and Derek Furr - combined for nine strikeouts, but Westfield’s pitching staff saw its consecutive scoreless innings streak end at 38, one short of the state record set by William Byrd in 1996. Jack Hoeymans went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to pace the Saxons.
No. 7 Madison 11, Oakton 4 - As covered in our game story, Matt Howat had 10 strikeouts in five innings while Luke Erdmann and Ryan Murphy both had two hits to lead the Warhawks to their fourth win in five games. Cougars starter Seth Richards surrendered six runs in three innings to take the loss.
Yorktown 8, No. 9 Bishop O’Connell 5 - Alec Ellison, Nathan Knowles and Cameron Patton each homered and Ben Koomey had three hits as the Patriots extended their winning streak to four games in a match-up of crosstown Arlington schools. Yorktown totaled 14 hits against Knights starter Peter Colevas and relievers Will Pickford and Corey Knauf. Colevas and Ryan Bhojwani had two hits to pace O’Connell, which had won six of seven entering the contest.
Top 10 Today: Osbourn Park at No. 1 Battlefield; No. 2 Lake Braddock at West Springfield; No. 3 Patriot at Forest Park; No. 4 Westfield at Chantilly; C.D. Hylton at No. 5 Potomac; Landon (MD) at No. 6 Episcopal; No. 7 Madison at Centreville; No. 8 Stafford at Massaponax; No. 9 Bishop O’Connell at The Heights (MD); No. 10 Loudoun Valley at Heritage
Other Games: Anthony Farmakides and Griffin Stieg both homered and drove in two runs to lead McLean to a 6-5 win over Herndon. Mike Jones went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI to pace the Hornets … Sam Graziano’s three-run triple capped a four-run top of the seventh as Hayfield rallied for a 4-3 win over Falls Church … Christian Hile struck out eight over six innings, Nick Lockhart got the final two outs to earn the save and Ethan Dezarn had three hits to lead Woodgrove to a 2-1 win over Loudoun County … The Eagles had eight players with base hits as Freedom-South Riding beat Rock Ridge, 11-5. Felix Carlson went 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace the Phoenix.
Photo of Danny Checkosky courtesy of Robinson Baseball