May 21 - West Potomac’s Jimmy Curley has been named the Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week, sponsored by Northern Virginia Orthodontics.
Curley, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound senior right-handed pitcher who has signed to play at High Point University, tossed a three-hit shutout and recorded 15 strikeouts in the Wolverines’ 9-0 win over T.C. Williams in the Gunston District championship game on Friday.
A first-team all-district selection, Curley entered the week 5-2 with a 0.78 ERA and 60 strikeouts to just three walks in 36 innings. He’s holding opposing hitters to a .121 batting average this spring.
Here are this week’s other seven nominees:
Justin Bassett, West Potomac - A 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior outfielder, Bassett was 4-for-8 with a double and a grand slam, driving in seven runs over the Wolverines’ two games - both wins - in the Gunston District Tournament. He entered the week hitting .403 with 27 hits, six doubles, three homers, 14 RBI and 16 steals.
Eddie Gimbel, Highland School - A 6-foot, 180-pound junior outfielder, Gimbel was 7-for-11 over three state tournament games as the Hawks advanced to the VISAA Division II state final before falling to Miller School on Saturday. He was 3-for-4 with his first career home run in Friday’s semifinal win over Greenbrier Christian, and finished the season hitting .392 with a .472 on-base percentage, 26 runs, 11 extra-base hits and 23 RBI.
Connor Hale, Broad Run - A 5-foot-9, 175-pound sophomore left-handed pitcher and outfielder, Hale was 5-for-10 with two walks and scored three runs as the Spartans won two of their three games last week. He earned the decision in Tuesday’s 6-5 win over Freedom-South Riding, going 5.1 innings. Hale entered the week hitting .412 with 21 hits and a .551 on-base percentage and is 4-0 with a save, 1.80 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 31 innings.
Braden Mack, Potomac - A 6-foot, 190-pound junior catcher and right-handed pitcher, Mack went 4-for-6 with two RBI at the plate over the Panthers’ two wins and struck out six batters without issuing a walk in three innings on the mound. He entered the week hitting .463 with a .550 on-base percentage, 31 hits, 25 runs and 25 RBI and is 6-1 with a 0.79 ERA and 47 strikeouts to seven walks in 35 innings.
Teddy Merritt, McLean - A 6-foot-6, 230-pound junior right-handed pitcher, Merritt tossed a 76-pitch complete game, scattering four hits and striking out out seven without issuing a walk in the Highlanders’ 3-0 win over South Lakes in the Liberty District semifinals on Tuesday. He also went 2-for-3 and had a two-out, two-run double to break a scoreless tie. Merritt entered the week 5-1 with a save, a 3.31 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 38 innings.
Collin Reid, Brentsville District - A 6-foot, 200-pound senior first baseman, Reid went 5-for-9 with three walks, four doubles and three RBI as the Tigers swept their three games last week. He entered the week hitting .394 with a .500 on-base percentage, six doubles, a homer and 10 RBI.
Ethan Snyder, Broad Run - A 6-foot-4, 175 pound junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman, Snyder went 4-for-8 with three walks, four runs and three steals as he Spartans won two of three games last week. He also pitched an inning to earn the win against Stone Bridge, and he entered the week hitting .436 with a .574 on-base percentage and 15 steals 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 left: West Potomac’s Jimmy Curley, Potomac’s Braden Mack, Broad Run’s Ethan Snyder, McLean’s Teddy Merritt, Highland School’s Eddie Gimbel, Broad Run’s Connor Hale, West Potomac’s Justin Bassett, and Brentsville District’s Collin Reid.