College Notebook: With Assist from Snowstorm, Marymount Lands Transfer Hardney


January 17 - Jacob Hardney’s decision to transfer to Marymount over the winter break looked to have hit a snag last weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander, a resident of Arlington who enrolled at Purdue after his senior season at Gonzaga (D.C.) last spring, wrote Saints coach Frank Leoni early on Saturday that he’d decided to transfer in after just one semester at the Big 10 Conference school.

However, his late decision to switch schools presented a problem: Marymount started classes on Monday, and the school’s admissions office indicated it wouldn’t have time to process his application and get Hardney enrolled for the spring semester.

Then Mother Nature intervened.

Sunday’s snowstorm cancelled the first day of classes, giving the admissions office the additional time necessary to process Hardney’s application and get him enrolled. He was on campus on Tuesday for the first day of classes and tossed a bullpen in a player-run workout that night.

“I was driving my son to Marymount to move into his dorm for the semester on Saturday, and reached out to admissions,” Leoni said. “They didn’t think they’d have time to process everything with his application. But the snow cancelling classes [on Monday] bought us some time to process his application and get him into school.”

Hardney, who had his fastball clocked as high as 91 MPH during fall workouts at Purdue, gives Marymount a proven freshman arm after pitching against some of the area’s top prep teams in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. He was 2-4 with a 2.75 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 40.2 innings last spring with the Purple Eagles, and perhaps his best outing of the season came on April 11 in a 4-0 loss to Paul VI Catholic, who was then the No. 1-ranked team in the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll.

Hardney went six innings that day, striking out seven while allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits. Now Leoni hopes he will provide a lift to a Saints team looking for its first winning season since 2016 in its first year in the new Atlantic East Conference.

“We don't always get that kind of blue chip Division I caliber recruit,” Leoni said. “We've gotten them, but they don't always fall into our lap like that. It's exciting to have a kid this physical with the long and loose arm action. He's got all the physical tools and he's got some really good stuff.”

Multiple Schools to Send Coaches to Mason’s Showcase Camp on Monday

George Mason’s winter showcase camp will also have Catholic, Marymount and Mary Washington and two community colleges, Paul D. Camp and Patrick Henry, with coaches in attendance on Monday.

The Patriots’ coaching staff confirmed the other three schools would be attending, and that others could commit to send coaches to the one-day showcase held on the school’s campus in Fairfax. The camp is open to all high school players and junior college players who are NCAA qualifiers.

For more information or to register, visit www.billbrownbaseballcamps.com.

College World Series Schedule Released

The College World Series will begin on June 15 and run through June 25/26 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE.

The double-elimination CWS consists of the final eight teams from the NCAA Tournament, which consists of 64 Division I teams that qualify as conference champions or through at-large berths. It is being held in Omaha for the 70th consecutive year after being hosted in Kalamazoo, MI for two years from 1947-48 and in Wichita, KS in 1949.

Oregon State defeated Arkansas to win the national championship last year.

Sponsor: The magazine’s College Notebook is sponsored by the R&D Baseball Academy. For more information on the academy, visit its website at www.rdbaseballacademy.com.

Photo of Jacob Hardney courtesy of Gonzaga Baseball

Pro Notebook: Snyder Signs Minor League Deal With Nationals


January 16 - Brandon Snyder signed a minor league contract last week with the Washington Nationals, who the Westfield High School graduate was also employed by in 2017.

Snyder, 32, has appeared in the Major Leagues with five teams, most recently in a short stint with the Tampa Bay Rays last April. He went 1-for-6 in two games with the Rays, spending the majority of his season at Triple-A Durham.

He will provide organizational depth as both a corner infielder and outfielder, and could start the season at Washington’s new Triple-A affiliate in Fresno, CA.

A first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles out of high school in 2005, Snyder previously played in the big leagues with the Orioles, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves. His father, Brian, pitched in the Majors with the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics in the 1980s.

Snyder, who will get an invite to Washington’s Major League spring training, spent the entire 2017 season with the Nationals’ then-Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, hitting .263 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI in 121 games. He has hit 147 career minor league homers.

Wahl Traded to Brewers in Broxton Deal

Bobby Wahl, who led West Springfield to the Group AAA state championship in 2009 and has pitched with the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets over the past two seasons, was traded on Jan. 5 to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 26-year-old right-handed reliever was one of three players dealt by the Mets in a trade that netted outfielder Keon Broxton, who eclipsed 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in 2017 but struggled last year. Wahl, acquired by New York in the trade that sent closer Jeurys Familia to the A’s last summer, has made 14 relief appearances in the big leagues. He boasts a fastball that sits 96-97 MPH and reached 100 MPH last year.

Two prospects, 21-year-old pitcher Adam Hill and 18-year-old shortstop Felix Valerio, were the other two players sent to Milwaukee in the deal.

Sponsor: The magazine’s Pro Notebook is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. For more information on the Blue Crabs, visit their website at www.somdbluecrabs.com.

Photo of Brandon Snyder courtesy of Getty Images

College Notebook: Perfect Game Releases Preseason Top 25 Poll


January 9 - After helping East Carolina University win the American Athletic Conference championship and reach the NCAA Tournament last spring, Jake Agnos returns to a Pirates team that is ranked No. 11 in the Perfect Game preseason Top 25 poll released earlier this week.

Agnos, the Battlefield High School graduate and our 2016 NOVA Nine Player of the Year, struck out nine over four scoreless innings as East Carolina defeated Connecticut, 4-3 in the AAC final. The left-hander finished 4-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 63.2 innings, then was one of the top pitchers for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team over the summer.

He’ll be joined this year by Carter Spivey (Paul VI Catholic), a freshman right-hander who went 4-3 with a 1.65 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 42.0 innings in his final prep season last spring.

North Carolina, which is coming off a College World Series appearance, was ranked No. 6 in the poll. Joining the Tar Heels this spring is freshman infielder Will Schroeder (Freedom-South Riding), who earned second-team Class 5 all-state honors as a senior last year.

Votes Coming For Adjusted NCAA Recruiting Calendar, 3rd Paid Assistant

Two major votes that will affect college baseball will be on the table over the next few months, beginning with its recruiting calendar later this month.

A proposal that would decrease the amount of time Division I coaches are able to recruit will be voted on at the NCAA Convention, which will be held Jan. 23-26 in Orlando, FL. The measure would add a few dead periods and extend existing quiet periods to the 2019-20 recruiting calendar that begins on Aug. 1.

In April, the Division I committee will vote whether to approve a third paid coaching position. Currently, Division I programs are only allowed three paid positions - the head coach and two assistant coaches - with staffs then allowed one volunteer assistant. A survey conducted by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) showed that 93 percent of Division I head coaches support the idea, though pushback from athletic directors is likely to yield a close vote.

Transfers Adams, Beasley Hoping to Make Immediate Impact at George Mason

Two players with local ties are hoping to make contributions after transferring to George Mason.

Devon Adams (Paul VI Catholic) will compete for the backup spot behind first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference catcher Logan Driscoll (Lake Braddock), providing depth at the position along with senior Brady Klein and freshman Jack FitzGerald (Freedom-South Riding). Adams, a junior with two years of eligibility remaining, hit .225 with a .368 on-base percentage in 125 plate appearances in his two seasons at Old Dominion.

Also joining the Patriots will be right-hander James Beasley (Battlefield), who went 4-1 with a 4.42 ERA and had 47 strikeouts in 36.2 innings last year at Frederick (MD) Community College after spending his freshman year at Hofstra. Beasley will also have two years of eligibility at George Mason. ;

The Patriots open their season on Feb. 15 against Iowa in Kissimmee, FL.

Sponsor: The magazine’s College Notebook is sponsored by the R&D Baseball Academy. For more information on the academy, visit its website at www.rdbaseballacademy.com.

Photo of Jake Agnos courtesy of East Carolina University Athletics

College Notebook: O’Connell’s Murray, Wooster Ranked No. 1 in Preseason D3 Poll


December 20 - As a senior at Bishop O’Connell in 2015, Brian Murray helped the Knights reach the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state semifinals.

If the preseason Collegiate Baseball Division III poll holds any credence, the College of Wooster (OH) senior right-hander could also be part of a deep postseason run in his final collegiate season. The Fighting Scots, coming off their sixth College World Series berth and third consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference championship under longtime coach Tim Pettorini, were named the preseason No. 1 team in the country in the publication’s preseason rankings.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Murray played a key role in Wooster’s success last spring, going 6-3 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 appearances as the Fighting Scots (40-10) ascended to the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2008 and won their 18th NCAC title before dropping their only two games at the CWS.

Murray limited Kenyon to one run over six innings as Wooster claimed the league’s top seed on the final day of the regular season, then struck out seven and allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings in a 17-4 win over then-No. 25 Adrian to clinch a berth in the Mideast Regional final. He went at least six innings in six of his 12 starts.

Four Virginia teams appeared in the preseason poll, including No. 7 Randolph-Macon (38-9-1) - which is also coming off a CWS appearance - as well as No. 16 Christopher Newport (35-12), No. 27 Shenandoah (35-12) and No. 30 Roanoke (31-11). Collegiate Baseball’s poll is one of two recognized by the NCAA. The NCBWA/D3Baseball.com coaches poll will be released later this offseason.

Rematch of Virginia-Vanderbilt CWS Battles to Highlight Inaugural MLB4 Tournament in February

Nate Eikhoff (Patriot), Kyle Whitten (Osbourn Park), Cristian Sanchez (Centreville) and their Virginia teammates will get three big early-season tests when the Cavaliers take the field in the first MLB4 tournament from Feb. 15-17 in Scottsdale, AZ.

In a round-robin event sponsored by Major League Baseball and played at the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, Virginia will face three teams ranked in the Collegiate Baseball preseason Division I national rankings - No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 18 California State-Fullerton and No. 19 Texas Christian.

The four participating teams have been among the nation’s most-consistent programs over the past decade, combining for 15 appearances in the College World Series since 2009.

"MLB is very pleased to launch the new 'MLB4' tournament to highlight just a touch of the great baseball being played all around our country at this time of the year," said Tony Reagins, MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball & Softball Development, said in a release. "College baseball is a cornerstone of our sport's pipeline … The four programs selected to participate in this inaugural event are among the best and we are excited to bring a great product to fans in Arizona this February."

The Cavaliers, who are unranked in Collegiate Baseball’s poll after going 29-25 and missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 15 years last spring, will open their season on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. EST against Vanderbilt in a game that will be broadcast live on the MLB Network. The game will serve as a rematch of the 2014 and 2015 CWS championship series, won by the Commodores in the first meeting and the Cavaliers the following year.

Virginia will face TCU on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. EST and Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. EST.

Eikhoff hit .290 with a .386 on-base percentage, three home runs and 36 RBI and started each of the Cavaliers’ 54 games as a junior last spring, while Whitten compiled a 5.81 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 26.1 innings, mostly in relief, during his freshman campaign. Both are former members of the NOVA Nine Team, in 2015 and 2017, respectively. Sanchez is entering his freshman season.

George Mason Releases 2019 Schedule, Will Open Feb. 15 vs. Iowa

George Mason will open its season with six games in Florida and South Carolina and a midweek game at Longwood before opening its home schedule with a non-conference series against Princeton from Mar. 1-3.

The Patriots, who finished 29-27 overall and 16-8 in the Atlantic-10 Conference and advanced to the league final last spring, will open their season on Feb. 15 against Iowa before facing Marshall and Villanova the following two days. The three contests will be held at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL., the former spring training home of the Houston Astros and current home of the Advanced-A Florida Fire Frogs.

George Mason has 56 games on its regular season schedule, including 24 games against Atlantic-10 Conference opponents and four home-and home series against non-conference foes Georgetown, Longwood, James Madison and Towson.

The Atlantic-10 Tournament will be held from May 22-25 at Houlihan Park in Bronx, N.Y.

Sponsor: The magazine’s College Notebook is sponsored by the R&D Baseball Academy. For more information on the academy, visit its website at www.rdbaseballacademy.com.

Photo of Brian Murray courtesy of Wooster Athletics

Recruiting Notebook: Mitchell Named to Perfect Game 17U All-Tournament Team


December 19 - Tucker Mitchell, an Oakton resident who attends the IMG Academy in Florida, has been named a Perfect Game 17U All-Tournament first-team selection for events held in 2018.

A senior committed to Florida Atlantic University, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound catcher hit .378 with a .491 on-base percentage in 39 games at Perfect Game events. Playing mostly with the Alabama-based Triton Rays, he had 13 extra-base hits - including three home runs - and 25 RBI in 112 plate appearances.

Mitchell played with the Ohio Warhawks/643 DP Cougars combined team at the WWBA World Championship held in Jupiter, FL in October. He was one of 18 position players named as a first-team selection.

Mitchell attended Flint Hill for his first two prep seasons before transferring to IMG prior to his junior year. He was among the state’s top-10 rated players in his class by Prep Baseball Report prior to transferring schools.

His older brother, Cooper, played at Oakton and later at Division II Florida Tech.

Prep Baseball Report Releases Initial ‘22 Class Rankings

Six area players were among the top 10 listed in Prep Baseball Report’s first Class of 2022 rankings. The rankings were released on Monday, and include players from Virginia and Washington, D.C.

James Triantos, a freshman shortstop at St. John’s (D.C.) and resident of McLean, was the highest-rated player from Northern Virginia at No. 3. Triantos committed earlier this fall to play at the University of North Carolina.

Others among the top 10 were St. John’s right-hander Jack O’Connor (5), Paul VI Catholic left-hander Bradley Gagen (6), Patriot lefty Eli Serrano (7), Osbourn Park catcher Mason Balsis (8) and McLean outfielder Griffin Stieg (9). O’Connor, an Arlington resident, as well as Gagen and Balsis have committed to play at Virginia.

PBR’s top-ranked player in the class is catcher Ethan Anderson from Virginia Beach’s Cox.

NVTBL Expecting Over 30 College Coaches at Next Month’s Showcase

The Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League and its Premier Showcase League will be co-hosting their winter college showcase for current sophomores, juniors and seniors on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the St. James Indoor Sports Complex in Springfield.

Coaches from the following schools as listed as confirmed for the showcase: Catholic, Chowan, Gettysburg, Hamilton, Hampden-Sydney, Hood, Johns Hopkins, Marymount, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Patrick Henry CC, Randolph-Macon, Rochester, Shenandoah, Stevenson, St. Mary’s (MD), Ursinus and Washington (MD).

For more information or to register, visit www.nvtblbaseball.org.

Photo of Tucker Mitchell courtesy of Mitchell Family

Notebook: 7-Time All-Star, ‘47 World Series Champ McQuinn to Enter W-L’s Hall of Fame


December 13 - The most-decorated Major League player from Northern Virginia will posthumously enter the athletics Hall of Fame at Washington-Lee High School next month.

George McQuinn, a 1929 graduate of the Arlington school, will be inducted during a ceremony on Jan. 18.

As a left-handed pitcher and left-handed swinging first baseman, McQuinn helped the Generals win three consecutive Northern Virginia championships from 1927-29 and also starred for the school’s basketball team.

After spurning a baseball scholarship offer from the College of William & Mary, he was working as an elevator operator and playing for a semipro team in Northern Virginia when he was offered his first professional contract in 1930.

He broke into the big leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 1936 and would be named to seven All-Star teams over a 12-year career. McQuinn led the St. Louis Browns to the American League pennant in 1944, then hit .438 in the World Series during a six-game loss to the crosstown rivals. He joined the New York Yankees in 1947, teaming with future Baseball Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio, Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra to lead them to a seven-game win over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series that October.

He made the All-Star team in both of his seasons with the Yankees before retiring after the 1948 season. In his Major League career, McQuinn hit .276 with a .357 on-base percentage, 1,588 hits, 135 home runs and 794 RBI. He batted over .300 three times, hitting a career-high .324 in 1938, when he embarked on a 34-game hitting streak that stands as one of the longest in Major League history.

McQuinn would later manage in the minor leagues and work as a scout for the Washington Senators and Montreal Expos before operating a sporting good store in Arlington. He passed away in December 1978.

Details on the Hall of Fame ceremony will be posted on Washington-Lee’s athletics page here.

Former MLB Outfielder Colangelo Will Return as Colgan’s Coach

Mike Colangelo will return for a third season as the head coach at Colgan High School, he confirmed earlier today after meeting with school administrators this morning.

The news ends three months of uncertainty after Colangelo resigned from his position on Sept. 11, only to rescind his resignation the following day. His initial departure stemmed from a misinformed message from the school’s director of student activities, Dave Huckestein, indicating he could no longer rent the school’s field due to a conflict of interest with his role as the general manager of the Marucci Stars travel program.

A decision from the school and the Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) school division as to whether they would retain Colangelo took nearly 100 days, as documented in our story earlier this week.

Colangelo, a former Major League outfielder, led the Sharks to a 17-27 record in their first two seasons. Last spring, they finished 12-11 and advanced to the Region 6C quarterfinals before falling to then-No. 1 Lake Braddock, 6-1.

Colgan’s decision on their coaching position leaves Northern Virginia with just one vacancy, at Freedom-Woodbridge, which is seeking its eighth coach in nine years.

USA Baseball Makes Adjustments to NTIS Program

USA Baseball has made adjustments to its National Team Identification Series (NTIS) program, reducing its regions from 16 to six while adding a 12U age division and dropping its 17U age division.

Players formerly looking to tryout for the program did so locally and regionally through the Capital Region, which has been absorbed into the Northeast Region as the NTIS organizers sought to streamline its tryout and identification process. The Northeast Region’s director is Jeff Schaefer.

The other major change is the addition of a 12U age division, which will align USA Baseball with other countries that field national team programs at that age.  

"As participation in youth baseball continues to rise, it is our duty to adapt and modernize USA Baseball initiatives to fit the ever-changing youth baseball landscape," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball's Executive Director and CEO, in a release yesterday.

For USA Baseball’s entire release, click here. And for area players interested in tryout information, follow the Northeast Region’s Twitter handle here.

Photo of George McQuinn by Sporting News and Rogers Photo Archive via Getty Images

Notebook: Longtime Skipper Hall Helps Headline Oakton’s Inaugural HOF Class


December 11 - Tom Hall, who won 377 games in 32 seasons as Oakton High School’s baseball coach, is one of the headliners in the school’s inaugural athletics Hall of Fame class and will be inducted along with three former Cougars players on Jan. 19 at the International Country Club in Fairfax.

A total of 28 former players, coaches and administrators will be inducted, a group that also includes former baseball standouts Ned Gonet, Fred Kramer Jr., and Jared Kubin. The inductees will also be honored prior to Oakton’s boys basketball home game on Jan. 18 against Madison.

Hall, who is third all-time among Northern Virginia coaches with 437 victories, won the majority of those games while presiding over the Cougars’ program for more than three decades. He led Oakton to four district championships and in 1982 guided the Cougars to their first Northern Region championship and to the Group AAA state final, where they fell to J.R. Tucker, 8-3.

His senior ace on that team was Kramer, who also starred in basketball and football at the school. Another former three-sport star, Gonet, graduated in 1976 and later played football and baseball at Duke University, serving as a captain for both teams. He has since embarked on an impressive coaching career of his own, serving as the football coach and athletics director at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, who he has led to five North Carolina private school state championships over his 38-year tenure.

Kubin starred in baseball and basketball at the school, graduating with school records in points (1,658) on the hardwood and home runs (26) and RBI (135) on the diamond. He later played baseball at the University of Florida.

Ritchie Helps USA Baseball 18U National Team Win Gold at Pan-American Championships

George Washington University head coach Gregg Ritchie, a graduate of North Stafford, served as the hitting coach as the USA Baseball 18U National Team claimed the gold medal earlier this month at the COPABE U-18 Pan-American Championships.

The title was the fifth straight for Team USA at the event, which culminated with a 17-2 win over Panama on Dec. 2 at Rico Cedeno Stadium in Chitre, Panama. Team USA won each of its nine games at the tournament, hitting a collective .407 while scoring 131 runs and pounding 15 home runs.

It’s the third straight year Ritchie has coached with USA Baseball’s 18U team.

After starring at North Stafford, Ritchie played at George Washington, where he finished second in the country in 1986 with a .492 batting average while also going 6-3 with a 1.91 ERA on the mound. After playing seven seasons in the New York Giants’ system, he coached in the Chicago White Sox organization for 10 years, then served as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ hitting coach in 2011-12

In October 2012, he was hired as the head coach at his alma mater.

Coaches Sought at Several Area High Schools at Varsity, JV Levels

A number of area coaching positions remain vacant for the 2019 high school season at the varsity and junior varsity levels.

Freedom High School in Woodbridge is seeking a head varsity coach, while Herndon, Jefferson, McLean, Patriot and Wakefield are seeking varsity assistants.

Seven area schools - Brentsville District, Langley, Patriot, Potomac, South County, Stonewall Jackson and Westfield - are seeking JV head coaches, while four - Fairfax, Jefferson, South Lakes and Yorktown - are looking to hire JV assistant coaches.

For each of the area coaching vacancies listed on our coaches page, click here.

Photos of Tom Hall courtesy of Oakton High School

Recruiting Notebook: Where Northern Virginia’s Top D3 Commits Will Play


December 11 - After advancing to the Division III College World Series last spring, Randolph-Macon College has continued its success on the recruiting trail this offseason.

According to the latest Class of 2019 state rankings by Prep Baseball Report, the Yellow Jackets have commitments from seven players ranked in PBR’s Top 200, including four in the Top 100. Much of the recruiting by the Ashland school’s coaching staff has been focused in the greater Richmond area.

None of the players in Randolph-Macon’s current class are from Northern Virginia schools.

The opposite is the case at Mary Washington and Christopher Newport, who have comparable classes based on the PBR rankings. Mary Washington has four recruits from the Top 200 state ratings - including Potomac Falls catcher Andrew Gerhart (168) and Paul VI Catholic left-hander Nick Ortega (200) - and the Eagles also have area commits in right-handers Noah Adcock-Howeth (Lake Braddock), Zach Adams (W.T. Woodson) and Logan Watts (Hayfield) in addition to middle infielders Jonathan Sedmak (Loudoun Valley) and Xavier Herring (Fairfax). The Fredericksburg school has 16 total recruits in its incoming class.

Christopher Newport, meanwhile, has four ranked in PBR’s Top 200, including Kettle Run right-hander Zach Ewald (73), West Springfield lefty and outfielder Alec Reilly (173) and Chantilly righty Connor Pennell (174). The Captains also have commitments from Yorktown lefty Aiden Henning, T.C. Williams righty Evan Waldner and Freedom-South Riding catcher Drew Caroline.

Roanoke, which is just two years removed from its own College World Series appearance, has two Top 200 recruits, including Fauquier lefty and outfielder Carson McCusker (82). Marymount also has two in the Top 200 - Paul VI Catholic catcher John Barrie (152) and Lake Braddock middle infielder Bobby Leitzel (167) - along with a third area recruit in Robinson righty and outfielder Max Henry.

Other Top 200 area players committed to Division III schools include: Jefferson lefty Todd Hartman (71) to Johns Hopkins; Spotsylvania righty Brian Baker (151) and George Mason righty Jay Nesson (163) to Washington (MD); and Highland School outfielder Dylan Fisher (170) to Lynchburg.

O’Connell Grad Liverpool to Transfer from WVU to UNCW

Will Liverpool, a 2017 graduate of Bishop O’Connell, is transferring to UNC-Wilmington after one season at West Virginia, he announced via Twitter on Sunday.

A 5-foot-11, 165-pound right-handed pitcher, Liverpool did not make an appearance in his one campaign with the Mountaineers. He was awarded a redshirt and has four years of eligibility remaining, and will play for UNCW as a scholarship player.

Liverpool earned first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honors as an outfielder in his senior season with the Knights, and earned second-team honors as a junior in 2016.

“Will has a really quick arm and loves to compete,” West Virginia coach Randy Mazey told 247Sports.com when the Mountaineers announced their recruiting class in November 2016. “With a year of size, strength, and development, Will could be extremely successful as a pitcher at this level.”

He will join a Seahawks program that went 39-23 and 14-9 in the Colonial Athletic Association last spring, when they won the CAA championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament under coach Mark Scalf.

Photo of Zach Ewald courtesy of Kettle Run Baseball

College Notebook: Baseball America Names Stiffler Nation’s 4th-Best Coach Under 40


December 6 - Shawn Stiffler was named today as one of the country’s top college head coaches under the age of 40, listed at No. 4 by Baseball America.

Now in his seventh year as the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth University, Stiffler has led the Rams to a 224-144 overall record and five straight seasons with 34 or more victories. In 2015, he led the program to the Atlantic-10 Conference championship and its first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance.

The 39-year-old skipper pitched at George Mason from 1998-2001 and served on Patriots coach Bill Brown’s staff from 2002-06 before joining the Rams program as their pitching coach in 2007. He served in that capacity until becoming VCU’s interim coach for the final 21 game in 2012 when the late Paul Keyes stepped down due to health issues.

Stiffler was preceded on the list by Central Florida’s Greg Lovelady, Kent State’s Jeff Duncan and Southeastern Louisiana’s Matt Riser. Listed behind the Rams coach was Indiana’s Jeff Mercer, Hartford’s Justin Blood, UC Irvine’s Ben Orloff, Nevada’s T.J. Bruce, Alabama State’s Jose Vazquez and Davidson’s Rucker Taylor.

The list was compiled by Baseball America for the first time since 2012. Here’s the link to the story.

Marymount’s Outreach and Leadership Initiative Yields “7 Days of Service” Over Fall, Holiday Season

This fall and holiday season the Marymount program has taken to the Arlington and surrounding community with its “7 Days of Service” community outreach and leadership development initiative.

As part of the program, the Saints were split into seven groups, each tasked with planning an event and coordinating with a partner organization.

Over the past three months, Marymount has partnered on the following events: with C.R.i. (Choice. Respect. independence) as volunteers in and around the residence; the American Heart Association at the Greater Washington Heart Walk; the Washington Nationals Youth Academy’s after-school program; with Vs. Cancer, where many players and coaches shaved their heads in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the team raised over $9,000; hosted a youth camp with Arlington Little League and Arlington Travel Baseball; and a food drive leading up to Thanksgiving.

In recent weeks, the Saints have supported the efforts of the annual toy drive held by Arlington-based Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR), which had donation boxes placed throughout Northern Virginia. Marymount’s program donated over 75 toys to the drive, which supports children of incarcerated parents through OAR’s Project Christmas Angel program.

Toys can be donated through Dec. 16 at OAR’s offices located at 1400 N. Uhle Street, Suite 704 in Arlington. Donations for the program’s Vs. Cancer fundraiser can also still be made by visiting its fundraising page here.

Riverdogs to Cease Play in Cal Ripken Collegiate Summer League

The Loudoun Riverdogs, who have played the past eight summers in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, will not return for the 2019 season, team founder and manager Bruce Hall has confirmed.

They are one of three teams that have dropped out of the league, joining the Rockville Express and the Baltimore Redbirds, who have been one of the CRCBL’s model clubs for the past decade.

Established in the fall of 2009, the Riverdogs played as a barnstorming collegiate team in 2010 and joined the CRCBL in 2011. They played their home games for the first six seasons at Madison High School in Vienna before moving operations to Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn prior to the 2017 season.

The club compiled a 148-178 overall regular season record and earned playoff berths in 2012 and 2015. The Riverdogs, who also posted a winning campaign in 2014, finished 11-29 this past season, their worst since joining the league. Hall, who has served as the team’s owner, general manager and manager, is relocating to North Carolina with his wife, Carol.

The league’s championship has been won by either the Bethesda Big Train or the Redbirds in each of the past 10 seasons.

Photo of Shawn Stiffler courtesy of VCU Athletics

Notebook: Former Robinson, JMU Standout Sisk Inks Indy Ball Deal


December 3 - He was a first-team All-Concorde District selection at Robinson in 2014 and an All-Colonial Athletic Association selection at James Madison University in each of the past two seasons, and now Adam Sisk’s baseball career will continue as he signed over the weekend with the Lake Erie Crushers of the independent Frontier League.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound outfielder went undrafted after finishing his collegiate career last spring, but continued to pursue pro ball and caught his break at the league’s tryout this past weekend. Count his father, Kevin, who also played at JMU, among those most excited to see the former Rams and Dukes standout getting an opportunity to play at the next level.

“His work ethic and determination are beyond inspiring,” Kevin Sisk posted on Facebook last night. “He could have easily said uncle, enough. But the guy doesn’t quit. For the last six months, he worked on his game. Day-in-and-day-out, he stayed true to his schedule. … He never wavered, never called in sick, because he had a dream in mind and had to keep working.”

Sisk started all 52 games for JMU in 2018, rebounding from a slow start and earning third-team All-CAA honors after hitting .283 with a team-high 56 hits, six home runs and 33 RBI. In 2017, he was a second-team all-conference pick after pacing the team in batting average (.337), home runs (11), runs (55), total bases (108), walks (32), stolen bases (14) and on-base percentage (.449). He did not miss a game over his final three seasons at the Harrisonburg school, starting 154 of the Dukes’ 155 games.

After Tormenting QBs on Gridiron, Westfield’s Clancy and Madison’s Counts Turn Focus to Diamond

After making life difficult for quarterbacks this fall, Joe Clancy and Casey Counts will soon join their baseball teammates for winter workouts as their teams eye a postseason run in the spring.

Clancy helped Westfield win a fifth consecutive region championship before having its 37-game winning streak snapped with a 35-28 loss to Freedom-Woodbridge on Friday in the Class 6 state semifinals. A two-way standout for the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end and defensive lineman earned first-team all-region honors.

He was joined on the first team by Counts, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive end and outside linebacker who helped Madison reach the region final before falling to Clancy’s Bulldogs. Counts, whose father, Justin, is the Warhawks’ head coach, tormented area quarterbacks and running backs to the tune of 14 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.

With their senior campaigns on the gridiron complete, the two will join baseball teams that will be among the favorites in the Concorde District in 2019. Clancy, a first-team all-district selection last spring, will return as one of the league’s top starting pitchers. Counts will be in his third season as a catcher for the Warhawks, who have won seven consecutive league championships.

Mag’s Academy Series Begins This Week

Each of the area baseball academies that advertise with the magazine will be featured this month as part of the magazine’s Academy Series. The series will launch this week.

The series will include profiles of the the academy, video interviews with instructors and players, an editorial written by the academy’s owner or owners focusing on their mission, and video and photos of each facility. Currently, the academies advertising with the magazine include: Competitive Edge in Woodbridge, Colangelo Baseball in Manassas, Crozier’s 5-Tool Baseball Academy in Tyson’s Corner, the Shawn Camp Pitching Academy in Manassas, Pitchers Edge in Vienna, Prime Time Baseball in Alexandria, and Rip City in South Riding.

Area academies and all businesses seeking information on advertising opportunities with the magazine can contact us here.

Photo of Adam Sisk courtesy of JMU Athletics

Notebook: Search Continues for 8th Coach in 9 Years at Woodbridge’s Freedom


November 28 - A position that took nine months to fill last year remains vacant six months after Rich Davila stepped down in May after one season as the head coach at Freedom High School in Woodbridge.

The position had been advertised on the Prince William County Public Schools website, but was pulled down earlier this month. The school’s director of student activities, Steve Bryson, wrote via email on Monday that, “We are still looking into it,” when asked for an update.

While other male sports programs at the school thrive - the Eagles’ football team will play Westfield on Friday in the Class 6 state semifinals and the boys basketball team is four seasons removed from a state tournament appearance - the baseball program has struggled the stay afloat.  

Freedom snapped a 59-game losing streak last April, but finished just 1-18 in Davila’s lone season. In each of the past two years, Bryson hasn’t hired a coach until mid-February. The program’s next coach will be its eighth in nine seasons.

Fredericksburg Baseball to Hold Founders Club Event on Saturday

The group behind the effort that landed the Potomac Nationals’ new ballpark in Fredericksburg is holding a Founders Club event on Saturday.

Fredericksburg Baseball’s Opening Event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Area Museum in historic Market Square at 907 Princess Anne Street. It will afford fans an opportunity to select their seat reservation for partial or full season ticket plans for the inaugural campaign at the club’s new $35 million stadium, which will open in April 2020.

Membership will also include members having their name engraved onto a Founders Club plaque at the stadium entrance and exclusive gift and VIP invitations to stadium events, including the ballpark’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

For more information, call 703-590-2311, e-mail fxbgfoundersclub@potomacnationals.com, or visit www.fredericksburgbaseball.com.

VBCA’s Coaching Convention in Charlottesville This Weekend

The new Virginia Baseball Coaches Association will be hosting its inaugural coaching clinic and convention from tomorrow through Sunday at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville.

Headline speakers at the clinic include Division I head coaches Paul Mainieri (Louisiana State), Brian O’Connor (Virginia), Tom Walter (Wake Forest) and Shawn Stiffler (Virginia Commonwealth), and the event’s agenda will also include instruction, demonstrations, clinics and vendors.

For more information or to register, visit VBCA’s clinic page here.

Photo of Freedom-Woodbridge’s Juan Cardenas by Dani Hall

Recruiting Notebook: Westfield’s Furr Flies at Prime Time’s College Showcase


November 20 - Westfield junior Derek Furr ran a 6.81 in the 60-yard dash to clock the fastest time among the 50 players that attended the Prime Time Baseball College Showcase on Nov. 10.

A 5-foot-10, 155-pound outfielder and left-handed pitcher, Furr’s time bettered the 6.91 recorded by Potomac senior Josue Cumba the previous weekend at the Prep Baseball Report Mid-Atlantic Challenge in Ruther Glen.

The best time recorded by a current Northern Virginia player is the 6.43 turned in by Sajon Belser, a senior outfielder at Riverside and College of Charleston recruit. That was clocked at the University of Oklahoma’s camp in August 2017. West Potomac junior outfielder Justin Bassett ran a 6.57 at James Madison University’s team camp in July, Riverside senior shortstop and Yale recruit Carson Swank clocked a 6.59 while at the Headfirst Honor Roll Camp in Florida earlier this month, and Colgan junior outfielder Ryley Johnson, an East Carolina commit, ran a 6.60 last year at a Sharks workout.

Furr’s performance at the showcase, which included a morning workout at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria and afternoon scrimmages at Barcroft Park in Arlington, also included recording an 80 MPH fastball. T.C. Williams junior right-hander Shane Tucker recorded the event’s top velocity, recording an 86 MPH fastball, and Oakton junior catcher Davis Kelley had the day’s best POP time - measuring the tie on throws from the plate to second base - with a 2.0.

“We were very pleased with the weekend as a whole,” said John Skaggs of Prime Time Baseball, which also held a recruiting seminar the previous night that featured Georgetown coach Pete Wilk. “The coaches who attended the showcase were pleased with the talent, [and it] gave local players an opportunity to show their skills to a multitude of college divisions close to home.”

Coaches from the following schools attended the showcase: George Mason, Georgetown, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Coppin State, the Naval Academy, Wayne State, West Chester, West Virginia Wesleyan, Hood, Marymount, Penn State-Harrisburg, McDaniel, Bethany CC, Bryant & Stratton CC, and Patrick Henry CC.

Mason to Hold Winter Showcase on Jan. 21 in Fairfax

George Mason will be holding its annual Winter Showcase Camp for high school and junior college players on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Patriots’ Raymond H. “Hap” Spuhler Field in Fairfax.

The camp will be run by Mason’s assistant coaches - Tag Montague, Brian Pugh, Tyler Nelin and Ryan Ricci - and will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Campers are able to attend as position players, pitchers, or two-way players.

For more information or to register, visit www.billbrownbaseballcamps.com.

NVTBL Hosting Recruiting Seminar, College Showcase in Coming Weeks

The Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League will be holding its annual college baseball recruiting seminar on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Langley High School, and then a winter college showcase for current sophomores, juniors and seniors on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the St. James Indoor Sports Complex in Springfield.

Scheduled to speak at the recruiting seminar are three assistant coaches, George Washington’s Rick Oliveri, Christopher Newport’s George Fisher and Johns Hopkins’ Adam Schlenoff. And the NVTBL has listed coaches from the following schools as confirmed for the college showcase: Catholic, Chowan, Gettysburg, Hamilton, Hampden-Sydney, Hood, Johns Hopkins, Marymount, McDaniel, Muhlenberg, Patrick Henry CC, Randolph-Macon, Rochester, Shenandoah, Stevenson, St. Mary’s (MD), Ursinus and Washington (MD).

Both events are co-hosted by the NVTBL’s Premier Showcase League. For more information or to register, visit www.nvtblbaseball.org.

Photo of Westfield’s Derek Furr by Fred Ingham

Pro Notebook: TJ Grad Elias Named Orioles’ New General Manager


November 18 - Mike Elias, who set the program record for victories at Alexandria’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and pitched at Yale University, was named on Friday as the new general manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

After graduating from Yale, Elias interned with the Philadelphia Phillies before becoming a scout with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007. In 2011, he became the director of amateur scouting for the Houston Astros and in 2016, he was promoted as the club’s assistant general manager.

Elias, 35, was also given the title of Baltimore’s executive vice president and will follow Dan Duquette, who was fired along with manager Buck Showalter last month after the Orioles lost a Major League-worst 115 games. He will be tasked with hiring the club’s next manager.

"Michael was a student of the game even during his time here as a player," said John Stuper, the head coach at Yale and a former Major League pitcher, in a release by the school. “This was the logical next step. He's smart, good with people, a great judge of talent, and a man of character and integrity. The Orioles made a terrific choice to lead them back to prominence."

A 2001 graduate of Jefferson, Elias was 18-5 as a left-handed pitcher for the Colonials, then made 44 relief appearances in his four seasons at the Ivy League. In high school, he pitched for Vienna Post 180 and late longtime manager Bert Crump.

Elias will be formally introduced by the club at a press conference tomorrow.

Arizona Fall League Campaigns End for Bukauskas, Lee, Scrubb

The annual Arizona Fall League wrapped yesterday when Peoria (21-9) and Salt River (16-14) played in the league’s championship game.

Three Northern Virginia natives - J.B Bukauskas (Stone Bridge), Khalil Lee (Flint Hill) and Andre Scrubb (C.D. Hylton) - had mixed results against some of baseball’s top prospects over the two-month season. Bukauskas (Stone Bridge) had the best campaign of the trio, finishing 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in his six starts with the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Houston Astros farmhand, who had his fastball reach 98 MPH, struck out 24 in 24.1 innings.

Lee struggled for much of the fall, hitting just .157 with a .239 on-base percentage and four extra-base hits in his 83 at-bats. The Kansas City prospect played 21 games with the Surprise Saguaros. Scrubb, who finished the summer with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa, OK, had a 6.14 ERA in eight relief appearances with the Glendale Desert Dogs.

McBroom Spending Winter With Defending Mexican League Champ Tomateros de Culiacan

Ryan McBroom (Courtland) is suiting up this winter for Tomateros de Culiacan of the Mexican Pacific League, and entered the day hitting .226 with 16 RBI in 28 games with the club based in Northwestern Mexico.

During the spring and summer, the first baseman split his time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre, hitting .302 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 121 games with the New York Yankees affiliates. He was the Most Valuable Player of the Single-A Midwest League in 2015 and was a Double-A Eastern League All-Star selection in 2017.

The eight-team Mexican Pacific League is an independent league that sends its champion each winter to the Caribbean World Series. Tomateros de Culiacan (19-12), the defending league champion, entered the day in first place with a three-game lead on Naranjeros de Hermosillo.

Sponsor: The magazine’s Pro Notebook is sponsored by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. For more information on the Blue Crabs, visit their website at www.somdbluecrabs.com.

Photo of Mike Elias via Houston Chronicle

Recruiting Notebook: The Mag's Ultimate 2019 Northern Virginia Recruiting Class


November 12 - Wednesday marks the beginning of the NCAA’s week-long early signing period for high school seniors to sign their national letter of intent to play collegiately on an athletic scholarship.

As some of the area’s top players prepare to make their commitments official at ceremonies held by their respective schools and training academies, the magazine has compiled its own Class of 2019 recruiting class consisting of 14 of the best Northern Virginia seniors.

Our class would begin with three returning standouts from the 2018 NOVA Nine Team, Battlefield shortstop and right-hander Zach Agnos, who has committed to East Carolina, along with Potomac left-hander and outfielder Brody Mack (William & Mary) and Riverside shortstop Carson Swank (Yale).

Agnos is the best all-around player in the area, and with the additional 10-15 pounds of muscle he’s added to his frame already this offseason, he could be looking at a monster season next spring. Mack saw a dip in velocity late this fall after taking on a heavy workload over the summer and fall, this after tossing an area-high 81 innings while leading the Panthers to the Class 5 state final in the spring. After resting up this winter, it’s expected that he’ll return to his post as his team’s ace and a run-producing threat in the middle of the order. Swank, meanwhile, has been Mr. Consistent at shortstop as the Rams have quickly become one of the area’s top programs, turning in near-flawless defensive campaigns the past two seasons while developing into an extra-base hit machine last spring.

Another two-way standout in our class would be Lake Braddock first baseman and right-hander Lyle Miller-Green (George Mason), who has tremendous upside on the mound and hopes to return to the form of his sophomore season, when he was the Patriot District’s Pitcher of the Year. Oh, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound slugger is also one of the area’s best hitters, coming off a 2018 season in which he batted .416 with five home runs and 29 RBI.

Also joining our incoming crop of arms would be Loudoun Valley’s Michael Grupe (Virginia Tech), Woodbridge’s Magnus Ellerts (Harford Community College), Woodgrove’s Nick Lockhart (Virginia Tech), and two more southpaws in Loudoun County’s Donovan Burke (James Madison) and Madison’s Matt Howat, who is likely to make his college decision from several offers at some point this month. Agnos and Lockhart have both been clocked north of 90 MPH, and Miller-Green, Grupe, Ellerts and Burke could very well reach or eclipse that velocity in the spring. Burke is a late-bloomer of sorts, primed for a breakout senior campaign.

Another JMU-bound recruit, Robinson catcher Ethan Rothstein, would anchor the defense from behind the plate. A 6-foot-4, 205-pound three-sport standout, Rothstein wields a big bat and could push for playing time immediately when he arrives in Harrisonburg next fall.

Agnos and Swank would be joined by two additional infielders in Paul VI Catholic’s Cortland Lawson (Tennessee) and Freedom-South Riding’s Ben Williamson (William & Mary), forming perhaps the strongest unit with the highest upside in our recruiting class. Lawson will be asked to take on more of the offensive load in the spring and could also see his role expand to include pitching duties, having flashed a fastball reaching into the upper 80s. Williamson, meanwhile, is perhaps the most versatile defender of the group and will hit atop the Eagles’ lineup as they seek a second straight Class 5 state tournament appearance.

The outfielders in the class, meanwhile, would be led by Riverside’s dynamic Sajon Belser (College of Charleston) along with Battlefield’s Carter Cunningham (Gardner Webb) and Stone Bridge’s Paul Moore (Walters State CC). Belser, the son of former NFL safety Jason Belser, has run a 6.8 in the 60-yard dash and will set the table for Swank next spring. Cunningham has gap power from the left side and hopes to bounce back after a disappointing junior campaign. In fact, the Bobcats’ 2019 outlook could swing on his ability to do so and provide protection for Agnos after Battlefield lost several key offensive players.

Moore, meanwhile, could be considered our gamble of sorts. A player with a tremendous upside and a physical specimen at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, the left-handed swinging outfielder will have to take on more of the offensive load for the Bulldogs in the spring. Our bet is he ends up with a very good Division I program after his two seasons at the Tennessee junior college.

Panthers’ Josue Cumba Records Top 60 at PBR Showcase Event

Potomac’s Josue Cumba recorded the top 60-yard dash time at the Prep Baseball Report Mid-Atlantic Challenge on Nov. 4, as the senior infielder turned in a 6.91 time at the showcase held at the Virginia Sports Complex in Ruther Glen.

Heritage junior outfielder Nick Lampl was second among Northern Virginia players, recording a 6.97. Cumba’s twin brother, Julian, ran a 7.08 in the 60. The pitcher and third baseman was a second-team Class 5 all-state selection last spring. Both brothers remain uncommitted.

Elite high school middle infielders and outfielders can run a 60 in the neighborhood of 6.5-6.7. The best time ever recorded by Perfect Game was turned in by Mitchell Shifflett, who starred at Cosby in Midlothian and later played at the University of Virginia. He ran a 6.11 in 2009.

Woodbridge senior right-hander Magnus Ellerts had his fastball reach 88 MPH to top all pitchers at the event. Battlefield’s Matt Michel reached 86 MPH. To view the recorded metrics from PBR’s showcase, click here.

Howat Leads List of Uncommitted 2019 Pitchers as Early Signing Period Approaches

As the early signing period comes and goes, it will be interesting to follow the recruitment of several talented Class of 2019 pitchers that remain uncommitted.

The highest-profile area hurler that remains available continues to be Howat, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Madison southpaw who went 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 73 strikeouts to just 14 walks in 57 innings en route to Concorde District and Co-Region 6D Pitcher of the Year honors last spring. He has garnered strong interest and several offers from Division I mid-major schools, and could make his decision soon.

Also available is Matt Michel, who is healthy again after suffering a back injury over the summer and has a fastball that has been clocked at 88 MPH. The right-hander, who was a first-team VISAA Division II all-state selection after going 4-0 and not allowing an earned run in 26.2 innings in the spring at Highland School, has transferred back to Battlefield for his senior year and continues to emerge under the tutelage of former Major League pitcher Shawn Camp, the Bobcats’ pitching coach.

Patriot’s Liam Fonner, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound right-hander, has consistently reach 88 MPH this fall and has shown improved command and consistency with his breaking ball. Others to keep an eye on include Fredericksburg Christian’s Joel Tarrh, Dominion lefty Dylan Weber, Riverside’s duo of David Setien and Gunnar Canary, Westfield’s duo of Danny Leo and Joe Clancy, and three lefties: O’Connell’s Peter Colevas, Yorktown’s Aiden Henning and Fauquier’s Harrison Whitt. Stafford’s Michael Tolson, who was previously committed to Old Dominion, also remains available as a potential two-way player.

Photos of from left to right, Battlefield’s Zach Agnos, Paul VI’s Cortland Lawson and Lake Braddock’s Lyle Miller-Green, by Fred Ingham

Recruiting Notebook: Virginia/DC Teams Sweep at PBR Mid-Atlantic Challenge


November 8 - Lake Braddock’s Bobby Leitzel went 2-for-3 and had a go-ahead RBI double in the Class of 2019 game and Battlefield’s Peter Benevides drove home the winning run in the Class of 2020 contest as the Virginia/DC teams swept three games from the Maryland/Delaware representatives at Prep Baseball Report’s Mid-Atlantic Challenge on Sunday in Ruther Glen.

Leitzel, a left-handed swinging middle infielder, provided all the offense the Virginia/DC team would need in the day’s nightcap as four pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 win. Matt Michel (Battlefield), Gunner Canary (Riverside) and David Setien (Riverside) each tossed two scoreless frames, and Magnus Ellerts (Woodbridge), one of the game’s few committed players after accepting an offer to Maryland’s Harford Community College a couple days prior to the event, struck out two while earning the save with a scoreless seventh. Setien fanned three.

In the 2020 game earlier in the day, Benevides doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth as Virginia/DC won, 4-3. Gavin Collins (Centreville) reached three times - doubling and walking twice - and Blake Fisher (Highland School) drew a walk and struck out two in a perfect inning of work. The day’s first game, featuring freshmen and sophomores, was won by Virginia/DC, 8-3, behind the play of Diego Barrett (C.D. Hylton) and Grant Hartman (Lake Braddock).

The invite-only event featured many of the area’s top uncommitted players in their respective classes and included a workout, batting practice and the three contests It was held at the Virginia Sports Complex. Reports from the games were provided by the PBR staff.

PrimeTime’s College Showcase Expecting Over 20 Schools on Saturday

Organizers of the college showcase hosted by PrimeTime Baseball on Saturday are expecting nearly two dozen college coaches from throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, and the event sold out earlier this week.

Scheduled to be held in the morning at Frank Mann Field in Alexandria and in the afternoon at Barcroft Park in Arlington, the showcase will follow a recruiting seminar hosted by PrimeTime and featuring Georgetown University coach Pete Wilk on Friday night.

Players interested in registering for the recruiting seminar or being added to the showcase’s wait list can do so by contacting John Skaggs at jskaggs23@gmail.com