Madison Baseball: 2015 6-A regional champs. Photo RT from @warhawkbaseball
Here’s the next big update on the state of High School baseball in the area. We previously posted updates on:
- DC/MD/VA District High School Tournament Report: 2015 post-season, which covered MD regionals, VA district brackets, Private school tourney results.
- Prep Baseball Update 2015: Maryland State Champs, Northern VA District Champs crowned, which covered, as the title suggests, MD state finals, VA district tourneys, VA regional brackets, DC regular season results
In this post, we will cover the Virginia Regional results, preview the VA State brackets, finish up the DC tourney results, and have summaries to the Maryland and Private school results.
All regional brackets are available at this link; we won’t keep reposting links below.
6-A North Regionals: Here were your qualifiers:
- Conference 5/Concorde: Chantilly, Oakton, Herndon, Centreville
- Conference 6/Liberty: Madison, Fairfax, McLean, South Lakes
- Conference 7/Potomac: Lake Braddock, South County, West Springfield, TC Williams
- Conference 8/Cedar Run: Patriot, Osborne Park, Battlefield, Stonewall Jackson
My predictions: Oakton and Madison on one side, Patriot and Chantilly on the other. Most of the expected Northern Region heavyweights are here and it should be a good tourney.
Regional games run from 5/29/15 to 6/5/15. Here’s a rundown of the results:
In the 6-A North Regional first round on 5/29/15, there were plenty of upsets. South Lakes shut out Potomac champ Lake Braddock and Centreville easily handled Cedar Run champion Patriot 11-5, eliminating two district champions. The other two district champs (Madison and Chantilly) each advanced easily in the first round, with Madison throwing their ace lefty Brian Eckert (Radford commit). Battlefield blanked Oakton 7-0 as Jake Agnos (East Carolina commit) picked right back up where he left off in his 21-K start, whiffing 13 through 6 innings and eliminating the team I thought might very well win the Region. Liberty regular season champ McLean was trounced by South County 9-1, completing the penalty for their early-district tournament defeat.
In the 6-A North Regional Quarter finals on 6/1/15, Battlefield eased by South Lakes 8-2 and Chantilly handled South County 7-5. Rain wreaked havoc in the area the evening of 6/1/15 so some of these teams may have to play back to back games this week. Indeed, the other two games got pushed to 6/2/15; Centreville continued its upset ways by beating West Springfield 10-5 and Madison blasted Herndon 21-3. This sets up two interesting Regional semi finals: Centreville and Chantilly are local rivals, while Battlefield & Madison met in the semis of a tournament in Myrtle Beach earlier this year and Madison won handily 11-1.
In the 6-A North Regional semis on 6/3/15, Madison and Battlefield faced off for the 2nd time this year, but this time with both team’s throwing their aces. Battlefield’s Agnos threw 8 innings, struck out 14 and gave up 1 unearned run to finish an amazing post-season, but he was matched by Madison’s Eckert. The game went to the 9th. After having struck out the side in the top half of the inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd, Madison’s Pete Nielsen hit a walk-off single to win it for Madison and send them to the Regional final and state 6-A tournament. On the other side, Chantilly beat Centreville 8-4 to return to both the Regional final and the 6-A state tournament for the 2nd year in a row.
Just a note on Agnos before moving on: in his final three starts (in the district final and his two regional starts) he threw 21 innings and struck out FOURTY-EIGHT batters. I’ve never heard of such a feat; its amazing to me that he’s “only” just going to ECU and isn’t more prominently mentioned in the draft.
In the 6-A North Regional final on 6/5/15, coach Mark “Pudge” Gjormand’s Madison jumped out to a 5-0 lead early behind a 3-run homer from starting pitcher Matt Favero (who took a no-hitter into the 6th) and cruised to a 9-0 laugher in the regional final over Chantilly. Next up for both teams is the 6-A state semi-finals.
6-A South Regional: Here were your qualifiers:
- 6-A Conference 1/Coastal: First Colonial, Cox
- 6-A Conference 2/Monitor Merrimac: Western Branch, Grassfield
- 6-A Conference 3: Cosby, Thomas Dale
- 6-A Conference 4: Forest Park, Colonial Forge
Regional games run from 6/1/15 to 6/5/15. Here’s a rundown of the results:
In the 6-A South Regional quarters, all four District champions advanced, mostly with ease. Cosby beat Colonial Forge in a 2-1 squeaker, Western Branch pounded Cox, First Colonial eased by Grassfield (in what might have been an upset in reality), and Forest Park beat Thomas Dale.
In the 6-A South Regional semis, First Colonial ended Forest Park’s season 4-3. Rain wreaked havoc on the 6-A south playoffs, with the Cosby/Western Branch semi rained out two nights in a row, forcing a push of the regional final. When they finally played, Western Branch handled the Richmond power easily 8-2 to advance to the state tournament.
In the 6-A South Regional final, Western Branch beat First Colonial 2-1 in a tidewater battle.
5-A North Regional: Here were your qualifiers (not all conference contributed equal numbers of teams)
- Conference 13/Capitol: Marshall, Edison, Stuart, Lee
- Conference 14: Stone Bridge, Broad Run, Briar Woods
- Conference 15: Mountain View, Potomac, North Stafford
- Conference 16: Patrick Henry, Halifax County
Regional games run from 5/29/15 to 6/5/15. Here’s a rundown of the results:
In the 5-A North Regional first round on 5/29/15, all three conference 13 teams playing lost (Edison, Stuart and Lee), indicating just how weak that conference was this year. Conference 15’s #2 seed Potomac handled Briar Woods.
In the 5-A North Regional Quarter finals on 6/1/15 and 6/2/15, #1 seeds prevailed as Marshall, Stone Bridge, Mountain View and Patrick Henry-Ashland all advanced.
In the 5-A North Regional semis on 6/3/15, Stone Bridge beat Mountain View (Stafford) 4-1 to return to the regional final/state tourney for the second year. Their opponent will have to have played back-to-back games, as the Patrick Henry-Broad Run quarter was postponed two days in a row, backing up that part of the draw. Stone Bridge outlasted Patrick Henry 3-2, setting up a final of Northern Virginia’s two best 5-A teams this year on Marshall’s home field.
In the 5-A North Regional final on 6/6/15, Stone Bridge won their second straight 5-A north title by beating Marshall on their home turf 10-7.
5-A South Regional: Here were your qualifiers:
- Conference 9/Atlantic: Kellam, Princess Anne
- Conference 10/PenSouth: Hickory, Menchville
- Conference 11: Deep Run, Freeman
- Conference 12: Clover Hill, Manchester
Lots of new faces in this regional … and two familiar ones. Hickory beat Freeman in last year’s 5-A state final and could meet again in the regional final. But Hickory would have to go through Kellam, a traditional powerhouse.
Regional games run from 6/2/15 to 6/5/15. Here’s a rundown of the results:
In the 5-A South Regional quarters, rain forced the whole slate to 6/3 or 6/4, backing up the tournament badly. Menchville (Newport News) upset Kellam 4-2 (though by their records it wasn’t much of an upset), Hickory advanced over Princess Anne easily 12-1. The other two quarters were rained out *three days in a row* unbelievably, forcing the whole slate of the 5-A south tournament to shift.
In the 5-A South Regional semis, Hickory topped Menchville 7-4. Clover Hill defeated Freeman in 10 innings … but was then forced to forfeit the game due to their using an ineligible pitcher.
In the 5-A South Regional final, Hickory took advantage of a tired Freeman team (a rematch of last year’s 5-A title game) and won the regional title.
Virginia Smaller Classifications: we’ll just summarize the regional finalists who are moving on to the state tournament.
- 4-A North: All four district champs advanced the semis. Jefferson Forest (Lynchburg) and Fauquier HS advanced to the final, and Fauquier won it.
- 4-A South: Upsets abounded as Powhattan and Hanover upset district champs in the quarters. North Richmond suburb rivals Glen Allen and Hanover (both from District 20) advanced to the regional finals, where Glen Allen beat the 2-time defending state champs again 15-4 for the regional title.
- 3-A East; Loudoun Valley’s Jack DeGroat (committed to Liberty) threw a no-hitter in the 3-A East regional quarters over Culpepper. Loudoun Valley advanced to the final, facing Lafayette from Williamsburg. I guess they got rained out so many days in a row that they declared co-champions.
- 3-A West: All four district champs advanced the semis. There, Rustberg and Monticello advanced to the finals, won by Monticello.
- 2-A East: Both local teams (Strasburg and George Mason) advanced to the Region semis. George Mason’s season came to an end at the hands of Va Beach-based Maggie Walker, but Strasburg continued their recent dominance by winning the regional.
- 2-A West: Virginia High and Lebanon advanced to the regional finals; Virginia High wins it.
- 1-A: No DC-local schools are in the smallest 1-A classification.
State tourney matchups and tourney locations
All the state tourneys run from June 12th – 13th at the various sites. Semis are at 3pm and 7pm on 6/12/15 and the finals are the next day (though it seems that some of these teams have graduation ceremonies this coming weekend, so the dates/times are in flux). All state brackets available from this link at VHSL.
- 6A- Robinson High school, in Fairfax for both semis and final
- 5A – Lake Braddock HS for semis, Robinson for the final.
- 4A – Liberty University, Lynchburg for both semis and final.
- 3A – Liberty University, Lynchburg for both semis and final.
- 2A – Radford University semis and final.
- 1A – Salem for the semis, Radford for the final
Here’s the state matchups (? means the regional final results were still pending upon publish; we’ll update as we get them).
- 6-A match-ups: Madison (22-5) vs First Colonial and Western Branch versus Chantilly (20-6)
- 5-A match-ups: Stone Bridge (21-5) vs Freeman (19-6), and Hickory versus Marshall (21-5)
- 4-A match-ups: Faquier (20-5) versus Hanover (18-5) and Glenn Allen (21-3) vs Jefferson Forest (18-8)
- 3-A match-ups: Monticello vs ?, ? versus Rustberg
- 2-A match-ups: Strasburg vs Lebanon, Virginia High vs Maggie Walker
- 1-A match-ups: Honaker v ?, ? vs Radford
Recent Virginia HS champs: Before 2014, we just covered AAA, which now is split between 4-A, 5-A and 6-A divisions.
2014: see this post for 2014’s state tournament wrap up for all 6 divisions.
- In 6-A, Western Branch d Chantilly 6-4. McLean and Cosby were state semifinalists.
- In 5-A, Hickory d Freeman 6-4. Stone bridge and the surprising Freedom-South Riding semi finalists.
- In 4-A, Hanover d Millbrook 7-1.
- In the smaller classifications, Loudoun Valley won 3-A, Virginia High won 2-A and Northumberland won 1-A.
2013: Hanover d Great Bridge. Hanover’s super-junior Derek Casey (committed to UVA) outlasts Great Bridge and their 1st round talent Connor Jones (now attending UVA after spurning a likely late 1st round draft position). Lake Braddock and Oakton beaten in the semis.
2012: Lake Braddock d Kellam 4-0. Lake Braddock lost to West Springfield in the regional title game but then blitzed to a state championship.
2011: Great Bridge d South County in the state final, giving the powerful South County its first and only loss on the season after starting the season 28-0. Lake Braddock was the regional finalist and lost to Great Bridge in the state quarters.
2010: West Springfield d Woodbridge in the final, giving Woodbridge its only loss on the year. WT Woodson regional finalist.
Complete history of Virginia HS Champions: from VHSL’s website. Covers all sports and has results for a century.
See previous post for MD state final wrap-ups. Brackets here at the MPSAA website.
A quick list of past Maryland State champions by division:
The Maryland public high school seasons are now complete.
DC Public Schools/DCIAA:
- DCIAA: Wilson won its 23rd consecutive DCIAA regular season title, extending its city league winning streak in the process. DCIAA tournament runs through 6/3/15.
- DCSAA: the 2015 tournament is underway, with the final scheduled for Nats park on 5/31/15. Gonzaga is the #1 seed and Wilson the #2. Curiously missing is St. Johns, who won the WCAC and is the defending DCSAA champ. In the semis St. Albans upset Wilson to setup a final against Gonzaga. In that final, Gonzaga beat St. Albans 2-1 at Nats Park on a controversial interference call that turned a tag-out at the plate into the decisive run.
Private Leagues: WCAC/MAC/IAC and VISAA/Maryland Private
All local area Private schools’ seasons are now complete.
Player of the Year Awards
Gatorade announced their player of the year awards:
- Maryland: Chopticon’s Ljay Newsome, who pitched the game of his life in the Maryland 3-A championship, won the award in Maryland. He has yet to declare for a college.
- Washington DC: St. John’s A.J. Lee won the award for the 2nd consecutive year. Committed to Maryland.
- Virginia: The Steward School (Richmond)’s Nic Enright won the award in Virginia. He’s committed to Virginia Tech.
Local and National High School Baseball Ranking Lists:
- Washington Post All Met Sports latest Baseball top 10:: Spalding, Gaithersburg 1-2, then Oakton, Madison, and Battlefield. Stone Bridge 8th despite a win over Madison in Vienna. This hasn’t been updated for regional and state tournaments; i’d guess we’d see Madison and Stone Bridge rise slightly but likely not overtake Maryland’s two best teams unless they win states.
- Baltimore Sun Rankings page : dated 5/25/15: They also have Spalding #1, then Calvert Hall, St. Marys, 4-A finalist Severna Park and then 3-A finalist Mt. Hebron. Reservoir 6th.
- Hampton Roads Baseball top 10 page: dated 5/19/15: Western Branch #1, then Grassfield & Hickory.
- Baseball America’s High School top 25 (most recent ranking 6/2/15): no DC/MD/VA teams listed.
- USA Today High School top 25 (most recent ranking 5/20/15): Western Branch closest to top-25, ranked 26th. Spalding (both Washington Post’s and Baltimore Sun’s #1 team) ranked 42nd nationally.
- USA Today’s Virginia-only rankings: no longer seem to be in existence.
- MaxPreps top 25/top 50 lists, which has a hand-picked and a computer/power ranking list. 5/24/15 rankings. No DC/MD/VA teams in MaxPrep’s “Excellent 50.” Highest ranked teams in the area are Liberty Christina (#55), Western Branch (#67), Turner Ashby (#72). Chopticon and Spalding are in the 75-100 range.
- Washington Post’s AllMetSports section with standings and schedule results.
- InsideNova.com‘s coverage of high school sports, but has put limits on the number of stories you can read.
- The Connection family of newspapers has a sports section that is rarely updated, but it does do some coverage.
- MaxPreps.com also has some non-paywall HS information that comes in handy too.
- Nvdaily.com (Strasburg) has some results for some of the teams in the smaller conferences/outskirts of DC, generally in the Strasburg area.
- WinchesterStar (Winchester) has results for Winchester teams but its pay-only.
- The Daily Progress (Culpeper local paper) also has some scores for schools in its areas.
- Faquier Times (Fauquier) has some local sports news.
- VivaLoudoun tracks the Loudoun/Ashburn/Leesburg teams.
- Fredericksburg.com has some local coverage of Fredericksburg and Woodbridge teams.
- Richmond Times-Dispatch has a HS scoreboard.
- Hampton Roads Pilot (Hampton Roads) has scores for teams in the Chesapeake/Norfolk/Va Beach area.
- The Baltimore Sun’s high school page has information on some of the programs outside the DC area mentioned in the Maryland section
- I use perfectgame.org to look up high-end HS prospects.
- VHSL’s and MPSSAA home pages for playoff brackets and updates for VA and MD respectively.