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2022 Prep Baseball Wrap: Virginia State Champs


Thanks to Covid and to life, I havn’t covered High School baseball in this space in a while. We moved out of the DC area ahead of the 2019 season and we kind of lost track of the sport, especially when Covid basically cancelled the 2020 prep season.

However, I was spurred into action when I saw some coverage on Facebook about the HS tournament in Virginia, so I thought i’d do a quick wrap up. I’ve caught up the historical section of this post for 2019 and 2021 seasons (2020 was entirely cancelled), and now there’s a decent state-level history that includes posts i’ve made going back more than a decade.

So, here’s a recap of the 2022 Virginia High School baseball playoffs.


Regional brackets are here, and State brackets are here. As a reminder, Virginia is divided into six Classes (Class 6-1, largest to smallest) and four Regions (which cover different portions of the state, based on the class), but teams compete locally based on geography as opposed to size. So, you may have teams from three different classes in the same local “District” but once the playoffs occur they’ll compete against like-sized teams.

Class 6-A

  • Region 6A: #4 Manchester (14-9-1) and #2 Cosby (18-6-1) advanced with some upsets.
  • Region 6B: #1 Colgan (25-2) gave #2 Freedom (20-2) a rare loss in the regional final, and the teams conspired to eliminate region powerhouses Battlefield, Potomac, and Patriot early.
  • Region 6C: #1 Lake Braddock & #2 West Springfield continue to dominate Region 6C, which is comprised of mostly larger DC-area schools without much baseball pedigree (as compared to Region 6B and 6D).
  • Region 6D: Two 3-seeds in Herndon and South Lakes, who play little league together, took out traditional powerhouses to advance to the state tournanent.

In the Class 6 state tournament, Freedom-South Riding advanced all the way to the final to face Herndon, and shocked the baseball world in getting their first known Baseball state title. I’m not sure Herndon has ever advanced that far either, having been outshined for years by its neighboring schools from Vienna and Leesburg.

Class 5-A:

  • Region 5A: Hickory took out Cox after upsetting #1 seed First Colonial to make states.
  • Region 5B: Grandby also took a regional title after beating a #1 seed in Menchville, beating Nansemond River in the final
  • Region 5C: Glen Allen beat Freeman in a very chalk-y regional
  • Region 5D: Riverside beat Independence to take the title.

In the state tournament, Freeman took out Glen Allen in an all-Richmond state 5-A final. Freeman’s best ever finish before was the 5-A State final in 2014, while Glen Allen won the 2015 4-A title.

Class 4-A:

  • Region 4A: Two teams with losing records in Grafton and Warhill raced to the regional final. Fun fact; Grafton’s team is led by two brothers of a long-lost friend of mine and I followed along on Facebook their entire run.
  • Region 4B: State powerhouse Hanover did not give up a run en route to the regional title over 10th seed Moncacan.
  • Region 4C: Perhaps the smallest region in the state (it only features 4 total teams) came down to an all Winchester battle, with James Woods topping Millbrook
  • Region 4D: Lynchburg powerhouse Jefferson Forest topped Roanoke’s Salem in the region final.

In the state tournament, Hanover won its three state games by a combined score of 34-3 to win the title over James Wood to reclaim the state 4-A title for the first time since 2016. Hanover has made seven state finals since 2009, while James Wood has not been this deep in a state tournament since 1985.

Class 3-A:

  • Region 3A: New Kent outlasted Lafayette to win the region.
  • Region 3B: William Monroe took out Meredian (formerly known as George Mason HS in Falls Church)
  • Region 3C: Lynchburg’s Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) won three games by the combined score of 37-3 to win the region, topping Spotswood in the final. I’m not entirely sure why LCA is still classified as a 3-A school; they where 4-A for a while after converting and had some great battles with Hanover (read below), but now run roughshod over the smaller 3-A schools in the state as a private school that can essentially “recruit” players.
  • Region 3D: Abingdon defeated Christiansburg in the regional final.

In the state tournament, Liberty Christian took the final over Abingdon 6-5 to reclaim the state title it first won in 2017. Abington still seeks its first state baseball title; it was a state finalist in 2021 and in 2018 … and then way back in 1923.

In the smaller divisions state tournaments:

  • Class 2: Appomattox County (where the Civil war ended) defeated John Battle (Bristol) in the state final.
  • Class 1: Rappahannock defeated Rappahannock County HS 1-0. Interestingly, these two schools are … no where near each other, with Rappahannock County HS being located in Washington VA (kind of inbetween Culpepper and Front Royal), while Rappahannock HS is closer to the eastern shore of Virginia in a town called Warsaw.

In the VISAA divisions, Cape Henry topped the Miller school in Division I (the biggest), Highland took out last year’s champ Greenbriar Christian in Division II, and Walsingham Academy destroyed the competition to win Division III.

Recent Virginia HS champs:  Virginia has Class 6 (largest) to Class 1 (smallest). We used to call them 6-A, 5-A, etc, but as of 2019 the VHSL seems to just go by “Class 6.”  Before 2014, we just AAA, AA and A.

2021: See this Maxpreps link for the 2021 State Baseball tournaments

  • Class 6: Madison took out Lake Braddock and Colgan to return to the state championship.
  • Class 5: Cox blasted both Godwin and Woodgrove to dominate the Class 5 tournament
  • Class 4: Broad Run squeezed by powerhouse Hanover 3-2 to take the title.
  • Class 3: Independence high school, a relatively new school in Ashburn, took a shock title over Abington (who had topped the powerhouse Liberty Christian in the semis)
  • Class 2: Lebanon topped Poquoson 10-1 to take the crown.
  • Class 1: Auburn topped Essex to repeat as state champs in Class 1-A.

VISAA private schools competition, Benedictine won Division 1, Greenbriar Christian took Division II, and Walsingham took Division III.

2020: Entire season cancelled due to Covid-19

2019: See this post for the 2019 State tourney wrap-up in this space.

  • Class 6: Lake Braddock wins its first State title since 2012 6-2 over Westfield behind a huge day from All Met POTY Lyle Miller-Green‘s massive day at the plate.
  • Class 5: Stafford held on to beat Mills Godwin 4-3.
  • Class 4: Riverside literally “threw away” the game, losing on a 2-run error to Lafayette, completing an improbable run for the Williamsburg-based school.
  • Class 3: Fluvanna County out-slugged Tabb 16-10 for the title.
  • Class 2: Chatham beats Lebanon 23-5.
  • Class 1: Auburn defeats Lancaster 9-0 for the title.

2018: See this post for the 2018 state tourney wrap-up

  • In 6-A, West Springfield blew open the game late to defeat Western Branch 12-2 to take their first title since 2010.  Thomas Dale, Lake Braddock semis.
  • In 5-A, Prince George beats Potomac 8-0.  Freedom-South Riding, Deep Run semis.
  • In 4-A, Salem walked-off against Jamestown to win their first state title 2-1.  Grafton, Fauquier semis.
  • In the smaller classifications, Spotsylvania won 3-A, Page County won 2-A and Riverheads won 1-A.

2017: See this post for 2017’s state tournament wrap-up for all 6 divisions

  • In 6-A, Western Branch d Cox 6-4.  Oakton, Patriot semis.
  • In 5-A, Briar Woods d Halifax 5-4 in 14 innings.  Menchville and Prince George semi-finalists.
  • In 4-A, Liberty Christian Academy d Hanover 8-5.  Harrisonburg, Great Bridge semi-finalists.
  • In the smaller classifications, Turner Ashby won 3-A, Dan River won 2-A and Auburn won 1-A.

2016: See this post for 2016’s state tournament wrap-up for all 6 divisions

  • In 6-A, Chantilly d Battlefield 3-2.  Hylton & Cosby state semis.
  • In 5-A, Nansemond River defeated Mountain View 5-3.  Potomac, Mills Godwin semi finalists.
  • In 4-A, Hanover d Liberty Christian Academy 13-12.  Jamestown, Kettle Run semi finalists.
  • In the smaller classifications, Rustberg repeated 3-A, Maggie Walker won in 2-A and Rappahannock won 1-A.

2015: See this post for 2015’s state tournament wrapup for all 6 divisions:

  • In 6-A, Madison d Chantilly 6-5.  First Colonial & defending champ Western Branch were state semifinalists.
  • In 5-A, Stone Bridge d Marshall 9-4.  2014 finalists Hickory & Freeman were state semifinalists.
  • In 4-A, Glen Allen d Jefferson Forrest 9-3.  Fauquier & Hanover were state semifinalists.
  • In the smaller classifications, Lafayette won 3-A, Virginia High repeated in 2-A and William Campbell won 1-A.

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: AAA: 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. note: consider the accomplishment of Hanover here: they won the “AAA” title, then were reclassified to 4-A in 2014, competing fully two size-levels below most of the competition they were beating out in 2013 and prior.

2012: AAA: 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: AAA: 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: AAA: 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. Go to, then click on Record book. Covers all sports and has results for a century.  Lots of fun to dig through.  Note: if this link fails, its because VHSL has moved it yet again; I have an updated copy of the history books in PDF format if you’re interested.

Written by Todd Boss

June 16th, 2022 at 9:41 am

Posted in High School

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  1. I’ll move forward on the last discussion here. I think Law is right about the industry consensus being that the top seven are Jones, Holiday, Lee, Parada, Green, Johnson, and Collier. I see Collier’s name popping up more, but it’s still down in the #6-7 pick range. He should be available at #5, but whether he makes sense for the Nats is another question. Even though he’s talented and young, it sounds like he’s still pretty raw and would be several years away from helping the big club.

    I think you’ve raised a key question about how much patience the Nats will have. They need help at a lot of positions, and soon. Otherwise, they’re going to be floundering for a long time, and well past the Soto expiration date. They really don’t have any true everyday positional prospects in the pipeline above Fredericksburg.

    The level of patience also has to be balanced with the risk of the pick. As I’ve noted, I don’t think Green is worth the risk of the pick, particularly for a franchise with 1st rounders from ’16, ’17, ’18, and ’19 all floundering.

    I actually think there’s some risk with Jones, but it’s not worth worrying about since he’ll be gone by #5, as will Holliday. I’m off Green and think there are better options than Collier. That leaves Lee, Parada, and Johnson. All have very solid bats that will give them the chance to be in the majors in 2-3 years, including the high schooler (Johnson). There are positional questions about all of them, but those aren’t as big for the Nats since they seem to have catcher (Ruiz) and SS (Garcia) covered.

    I think Johnson will still be on the board when the Nats pick. One or both between Lee and Parada probably will be gone as well. If both are gone, Green will still be available. I’d take Johnson over Green, but who knows if the Nats are thinking that way.

    My guess is that Green also will be gone and that the choice will be Parada vs. Johnson. All the mocks have the Nats on Parada. But it wouldn’t surprise me if the Pirates take him at #4, leaving the Nats scratching their heads. But yes, the Pirates picked a catcher #1 overall last year. They don’t “need” one any more than the Nats do.


    16 Jun 22 at 11:04 am

  2. New mock up at

    They have moved Johnson up to #4 to the Pirates and have the Nats taking Green over Parada at #5. Sadness. When I see the stuff about Green, I think of Buxton, who a decade after being taken 1/2 is still trying to figure things out at age 28. All the “tools” in the world can’t help you when you’re hitting .227.


    16 Jun 22 at 1:28 pm

  3. Of course considering how truly awful the big club’s starting pitching has been this week, maybe they say to hell with it and take Rocker at #5.


    17 Jun 22 at 8:33 am

  4. I want to walk back something I said above about the Nats seeming to have shortstop covered. It is painful to watch Garcia play shortstop. Every college shortstop I have seen in NCAA tournament games is more fundamentally sound. Garcia is in his fifth season in the Nats’ system, and most of the infielders in the Virginia high school playoffs have been taught better fundamentals than he shows.


    17 Jun 22 at 8:46 am

  5. KW

    17 Jun 22 at 8:56 am

  6. Garcia: i don’t think anyone thought he was a full time SS going forward; i think he’ll end up at 2B where his footwork doesn’t matter as mcuh.

    CWS: yeah its wide open, the opening matches show that clearly. I think we’re going to get an unseeded champ.

    Todd Boss

    18 Jun 22 at 8:41 am

  7. Classy move here by Milwaukee

    waiting until Cain hits 10years of service to fully vest his pension before releasing him.

    Todd Boss

    18 Jun 22 at 7:44 pm

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