June 10 - For a fourth straight week, Westfield tops the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll, sponsored by Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria.
The Bulldogs (23-3) received 40 of 41 first-place votes and 409 points entering their Class 6 state semifinal tomorrow against Ocean Lakes. Westfield led the contest, 7-0, in the bottom of the second inning before it was postponed due to rain on Friday and the game will pick up at that point.
Remaining at No. 2 is Lake Braddock (24-3), which got the remaining first-place vote and 366 total points entering its Class 6 state semifinal tomorrow against James River. No. 3 Stafford (22-3) received 344 points to remain in the same position entering tomorrow’s Class 5 state semifinal against Hickory.
The Class 5 and Class 6 state semifinals and championship games are being held just northwest of Richmond at Glen Allen and Deep Run high schools, respectively.
In Salem tomorrow, No. 4 Brentsville District (21-3) will play Fluvanna County in the Class 3 state semifinals. The Tigers received 259 and moved up one spot this week. No. 5 Riverside (17-7), which got 222 points and jumped one spot, will play in the Class 4 state semifinals against Great Bridge. All of the Class 3 and Class 4 state semifinals are being held at Kiwanis Field in Salem.
Dropping two spots was No. 6 Centreville (18-9), which had its season end with a 5-4 loss to Lake Braddock in the Class 6 state quarterfinals. The Wildcats received 204 points. They were followed by No. 7 Patriot (17-5) and No. 8 Battlefield (18-5), which remained in the same spots this week. The Pioneers received 143 points and the Bobcats got 133 points.
Rising one position was No. 9 Briar Woods (20-5), which received 62 points. And re-entering the rankings was No. 10 Highland School (20-5), which got 30 points. Dropping from the rankings was Stone Bridge (16-10), which was No. 9 last week.
Also receiving votes this week were the following teams: Potomac (27), Stone Bridge (25), Colonial Forge (18), West Springfield (15), Madison (7), Broad Run (3), McLean (3) 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.
Photo of Riverside coach Sam Plank by Berl Jones