May 7 - Westfield’s Nick Lottchea has been named the Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week, sponsored by Northern Virginia Orthodontics.
A 5-foot-10, 170-pound sophomore left-handed pitcher and outfielder, Lottchea went 8-for-14 with four extra-base hits and six RBI and earned two wins on the mound as the Bulldogs swept their four games against Centreville, then-No. 1 Madison, Chantilly and Flint Hill last week. He had two three-hit games, went five innings to earn the win against Madison on Tuesday and then posted 6.2 scoreless innings on Saturday against Flint Hill.
Lottchea entered the week hitting .429 with 11 extra-base hits - including two home runs - with 23 RBI and nine steals and was 6-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 26 strikeouts to six walks in 27 innings. The No. 4 Bulldogs have completed their regular season and clinched the top seed in next week’s Concorde District Tournament.
Here are this week’s other nine nominees:
Hunter Bell, Centreville - A 6-foot-5, 210-pound senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman, Bell struck out 10 and scattered six hits in a complete-game outing in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Oakton while supporting himself with two doubles and a home run in the game. He went 5-for-8 with two homers and six RBI over the Wildcats’ three games. The Virginia Commonwealth University recruit entered the week 4-2 with a save and a 2.87 ERA and was hitting .318.
Max Bondurant, South County - A 6-foot, 150-pound sophomore right-handed pitcher and infielder, Bondurant went 6-for-9 with two doubles and five RBI as the Stallions won two of their three games last week. He entered the week hitting .255 with five doubles, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored on the spring.
Todd Hartman, Jefferson - A 6-foot-1, 171-pound left-handed pitcher, outfielder and first baseman, Hartman didn’t allow a hit over five innings, striking out 11 in Monday’s 10-0 win over Falls Church that was shortened due to the 10-run mercy rule, then hit for the cycle and had five RBI in Friday’s 15-5 win over Lee. He entered the week 3-2 with a 0.36 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 19.2 innings, and was hitting .538 with 28 hits, including five homers.
Jackson Kantor, McLean - A 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior right-handed pitcher and second baseman, Kantor went 5-for-7 with two walks, a double, six RBI, six runs as the Highlanders swept their three games and earned the same in Monday’s 5-3 win over South Lakes. He entered the week hitting .472 with 25 hits, including seven doubles, along with 20 RBI, 20 runs and just three strikeouts at the plate and has compiled four saves and a 1.10 ERA with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings on the mound.
J.P. Ottariano, Paul VI Catholic - A 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior outfielder, Ottariano went 7-for-8 over the Panthers’ two games and had a walk-off single to beat Richmond’s Benedictine, then the No. 7-ranked team in USA Today’s Super 25 national poll. He went 4-for-4 in that game, then was 3-for-4 in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings to Bishop O’Connell in the WCAC quarterfinals on Saturday. Ottariano entered the week hitting .306 with a .392 on-base percentage, 26 hits, 11 RBI and 12 steals.
Cole Reddington, Osbourn - A 5-foot-9, 135-pound senior right-handed pitcher and third baseman, Reddington went 5-for-13 with two RBI and struck out eight while allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings in a 6-4 win over Stonewall Jackson. He entered the week hitting .364 with 20 hits, 14 RBI and he’s 3-3 with a save, a 3.40 ERA and 33 strikeouts to eight walks.
Justin Ritz, Westfield - A 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior catcher, Ritz went 5-for-7 with four RBI over three games while throwing out three of five potential base runners and picking off two more. He entered the week hitting .429 with a .514 on-base percentage and eight RBI and has thrown out or picked off 11 base runners this season.
Gabriel Villani, Osbourn - A 5-foot-8, 160-pound sophomore catcher, Villani wet 5-for-13 as the Eagles split their four games, totaling two doubles, five RBI, three runs and five stolen bases. He entered the week hitting .385 with 20 hits - including nine for extra bases - with 13 RBI, 17 runs and 15 steals.
Nate Zimmerman, Colonial Forge - A 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior catcher and third baseman, Zimmerman went 7-for-11 with five RBI as the Eagles won two of their three games. He entered the week hitting .375 with a .483 on-base percentage, 16 RBI and he had yet to strike out in 60 plate appearances this season.
Sponsor: The Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week is sponsored by Northern Virginia Orthodontics. For more information, visit www.nvorthodontics.com.
Note: Player of the Week nominees come from area coaches.
Photos of, clockwise from top left: Jefferson’s Todd Hartman, Westfield’s Justin Ritz, Osbourn’s Gabriel Villani and Cole Reddington, Centreville’s Hunter Bell, South County’s Max Bondurant, Westfield’s Nick Lottchea, McLean’s Jackson Kantor, and Colonial Forge’s Nate Zimmerman