Prep tournament Baseball updates so far in 2014:
- Maryland Regionals and Virginia regular season play wrapping up
- Maryland State Finals and Virginia conference play
- Virginia Regionals review
Now we’re to the last of the local state tournaments; the Virginia State finals, which took place this past weekend at various locations around the state. The finalists in all Virginia regionals qualified for the “final four” in each classification. Here’s what we’re looking at by Virginia classification (all VHSL conference and regional playoff brackets here, and the State playoffs ( final four brackets are here).
Before getting to the tournament results, it is of note that the Washington Post released its All-Met teams for the year, and most of the first and second team players have been mentioned in this blog here and there for their leadership on championship teams across the local region. All Met player of the year should be no surprise: Jacob Bukauskus, who was also one of three local players named to the Louisville Slugger All-American teams. Bukauskas, Cody Morris of the Maryland 3-A champion Reservoir and WCAC/DCSAA champion St. John’s A.J. Lee were named to the first and/or second all-american teams. Other local accolades announced: the 5-A North All-Region team.
Virginia State Tournament Finals
In each state semi-final each regional winner plays the runner-up from the other regional. These games are set for Friday June 13th with the state championships the following day (except when rain pushed games to sunday 6/15). The 6-A and 5-A tournaments are being played in Northern Virginia (at Lake Braddock and Robinson). 4-A and 3-A is being played at Liberty University. And 2-A/1-A is being played in Salem and at Radford University.
6-A State Finals
- 6-A North: Winner Chantilly (17-7), runner-up McLean (15-11)
- 6-A South: Winner Western Branch (24-2), runner-up Cosby (23-1)
6-A State Bracket. My prediction was a 6-A South regional final rematch between Virginia’s two nationally recognized powers with Cosby getting revenge for their 6-A south regional loss.
6-A State Finals Results: In the first 6-A semi, McLean pushed nationally ranked Western Branch but ended up losing 5-4. In the second 6-A semi, Chantilly pulled off a stunner and beat Cosby 3-2, beating 32nd round pick and UNC commit Hunter Williams behind a complete game from Eason Recto (committed to Cornell). In the 6/15 final, Chantilly once again punched above their weight and scared a tougher team, but in the end lost 6-4 to Western Branch.
6-A State champ: Western Branch (Chesapeake) with a 26-2 record on the season.
5-A State Finals
- 5-A North: Winner Stone Bridge (23-1), runner-up Freedom-South Riding (13-13)
- 5-A South: Winner Douglas Freeman (25-1), runner-up Hickory (17-7)
5-A State Bracket. My 5-A prediction was seeing Freeman riding roughshod over the Bukauskas-less Stone Bridge team in the final.
5-A State Finals Results: In one semi, Freeman pounded the over-matched Freedom team 7-0 while Hickory blitzed Stone Bridge 9-1 behind junior Connor Eason‘s gem (early UVA commit), setting up an all 5-A south final. In the 6/15/14 5-A final, Hickory got revenge against Freeman and took their first state title by outlasting Freeman 6-4 in 10 innings. Hickory, fyi, is the alma mater of Mets 3rd baseman David Wright and veteran utilityman Scott Sizemore.
5-A State champ: Hickory (Chesapeake) with an 19-7 record.
4-A State Finals
- 4-A North: Winner Millbrook (23-1), runner-up Sherando (16-7)
- 4-A South: Winner Hanover (19-2), runner-up Grafton (19-6)
4-A State Bracket: My 4-A Prediction: Hanover blitzes their way to a repeat state title over Winchester’s Millbrook squad and leaves people wondering if they could have won the larger classifications as well. 4-A Results: Sure enough, the two regional champions both advanced easily to the 4-A final, with Millbrook defeating Grafton 10-3 and Hanover defeating Sherando 6-2. In the 6/14 final, Hanover’s Derek Casey made quick work of Millbrook, capping off an undefeated prep career (27-0) with Hanover winning its second consecutive state title 7-1.
4-A State champ: Hanover (Mechanicsville/Richmond), 21-2 on the season
Virginia Smaller Classifications
- 3-A: Regional Champs LoudounValley, Tunstall and runner-ups Poquoson, William Byrd. Uneducated prediction: Loudoun Valley wins the title. In the semis, Loudoun Valley squeaked by William Byrd 3-1, setting up a 3-A East rematch with Poquoson, who downed Tunstall. In the final, Loudoun Valley won their first baseball title since 1972 with a 9-1 blitzing of regional foe Poquoson behind a complete game 4-hitter from Jack DeGroat. Loudoun Valley finishes the year 25-3.
- 2-A: Regional Champs Strasburg, Virginia High and runner-ups Madison County, Randolph-Henry. Uneducated prediction: Strasburg wins the title. Results: Virginia High advanced to the final behind a no-hitter from Austin Miles and a blitzing 12-0 over Madison County. Meanwhile Strasburg advanced by beating Randolph-Henry 6-1. In the 2-A final, Virginia High won its first state title since 1966 by beating Strasburg 7-2. Virginia High finishes the year 25-4.
- 1-A: Regional Champs Northumberland, Honaker and runner-ups William Campbell, Auburn. Uneducated prediction: Honaker wins the title. Results: the two regional champs advanced easily to the state final, where Northumberland easily beat the previously undefeated Honaker 9-3 for the state title. Northumberland finishes the year 23-2.
2014 Virginia State HS champs:
- 6-A: Western Branch (Chesapeake) d Chantilly 6-4.
- 5-A: Hickory (Chesapeake) d Douglas Freeman (Richmond) 6-4.
- 4-A: Hanover (Mechanicsville/Richmond) d Millbrook (Winchester) 7-1.
- 3-A: Loudoun Valley (Purceville) d Poquoson (Newport News) 9-1.
- 2-A: Virginia High (Bristol) d Strasburg 7-2.
- 1-A: Northumberland (Patuxent River) d Honaker (South of Roanoke) 9-3
A good year for Chesapeake Schools, who took both the biggest classification titles. Hanover out of Richmond “defends” its state title, though in the 4-A classification, leading many to wonder if they could have competed in the higher classifications. The best performance by a local team remains Purceville’s Loudoun Valley, winning the state 3-A title. With apologies of course to Chantilly, who surprised this observer by knocking off Cosby prior to pushing Western Branch despite hits un-lofty record. I think its safe to say we’re all bummed that Bukauskas couldn’t finish out the year; I would have liked to have seen him against the two down-state 5-A powerhouses.
Recent Virginia AAA HS champs:
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). DC Local teams 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 ran 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.
See the previous posts for a full run-down on the Maryland regional and state tournaments, which ended 5/24/14. Here’s your 2014 state champs in Maryland:
- 4-A Champion: Chesapeake beat Sherwood 2-0.
- 3-A Champion: Reservoir beat North Harford 2-0.
- 2-A Champion: Southern beat Parkside 3-2.
- 1-A Champion: Smithsburg blanked Sparrows Point 9-0
See the previous post for a more complete run-down on the DCSAA tournament. One last game remained for the DC public schools:
- DCIAA Champion: Wilson won the regular season. Wilson defeated School without Walls 3-1 to take the post-season tourney
- DCSAA Champion: St. Johns d St. Albans 6-3
All private leagues in the DC, VA and MD areas are complete at this point. See previous posts in this series for more detail.
- WCAC: St. Johns over O’Connell.
- IAC: St. Albans over Georgetown Prep
- MAC: Flint Hill regular season champ.
- VISAA: Division I: Liberty Christian (Lynchburg) over Charlottesville’s St. Anne’s-Belfield.
- MIAA: A-classification: Spalding d Calvert Hall. B-Classification: St. Mary’s d Annapolis Area Christian. C-Classification: St. Johns d Chapelgate Christian
National High School Baseball Ranking Lists:
- Baseball America’s High School top 25 (5/20/14 ranking)
- USA Today High School top 25 (5/25/14 rankings)
- USA Today’s Virginia-only rankings (5/25/14)
- MaxPreps top 25/top 50 lists (5/22/14), which has a hand-picked and a computer/power ranking list.
- Washington Post’s AllMetSports section with standings and schedule results.
- InsideNova.com‘s coverage of high school sports.
- 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.
- 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. They also have their own top-10 rankings for area teams.
- The Baltimore Sun’s high school page has information on some of the programs outside the DC area mentioned in the Maryland section (and here’s the updated Baltimore top-20, akin to the AllMetSports top-10 list).
- 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.