Looking Ahead: May 3-May 8


John Nolan
Virginia Scouting Director & Managing Editor

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Every Monday during the season, we will highlight the top matchups each night as well as give a short preview of a few games of the week.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

No. 2 Miller School at No. 8 Highland, May 4
A rematch of the 2019 Division II State Championship Game as well as a rematch from earlier this spring, which saw Highland score two in the first and Miller answer with three in the bottom half, and then for Ed Wagner (George Washington) and Drue Hackenberg (Virginia Tech) to match zeroes the rest of the way for a Miller win. Hackenburg threw Saturday, so look for Miller to likely turn to junior Timothy Brooks (James Madison). Highland could have Wagner on the mound after he pitched last Wednesday, but could also turn to Tyler Kaltreider (VMI), Eric Wilson (Charleston Southern), or Jackson Gimbel (James Madison). Both lineups are deep and talented and it should make for another tight game.

No. 21 Mechanicsville at No. 4 Hanover, May 4
The first of four matchups this spring between these long-time rivals and first since what used to be Lee-Davis High School changed its name to Mechanicsville. These are two of the top teams in the Richmond area and it should be a good matchup with Brett Allen (UMass) the likely starter for a Mechanicsville team that also features a very talented group of juniors in Ethan Serrano (VCU), Dallas Hairfield, and CJ DiNapoli. As always, Hanover is loaded on the mound and in the lineup, with one of the deepest 1-9 batting orders in Virginia. Look for junior Chase Hustead (James Madison) to start with Levi Huesman (Coastal Carolina) and Marcus Van Alstine to be available in relief. Caden Plummer (VMI), Seth Keller (Old Dominion), and Cannon Peebles (Old Dominion) form the core of the Hanover lineup.

No. 14 Nansemond River at No. 23 Hickory, May 6
Two of the top Chesapeake teams face of with Warriors coming in off of wild comeback win over Western Branch last Thursday and Hickory enters off of a pair of easy wins over Great Bridge and Indian River last week. The Warriors are loaded with speed all up and down the lineup, with Clay Grady (Virginia Tech), Malcolm Perry (Norfolk State), and Cam Pittman (Radford) all having speed that causes problems on the bases. Ayden Stuffel or Gavin Gregory (Radford) should be lined up to pitch. Hickory has a pair of top end arms that also hit in the middle of the lineup in Zachary Chadwell (High Point) and Cooper Newell (James Madison). It should be Newell's day to pitch, but Hickory is tough to beat with either on the mound.

 

TOP GAMES EACH DAY

 

Monday

Colonial Beach at Lancaster
No. 13 Freedom (South Riding) at Stone Bridge
Briar Woods at No. 7 Riverside

 

Tuesday

First Colonial at Princess Anne
Wilson (DC) at No. 6 Bishop O'Connell
Tabb at Lafayette
No. 5 Greenbrier Christian at No. 9 Cape Henry Collegiate
Halifax County at Bassett
Auburn at Fort Chiswell
Blacksburg at Salem (Salem)
North Stafford at Stafford
Loudoun Valley at No. 3 Independence
Mountain View at Colonial Forge
Brentsville District at Warren County
No. 14 Nansemond River at Grassfield
Chantilly at Centreville

Wednesday

No. 18 Chatham at William Campbell
Woodgrove at Briar Woods
McLean at Yorktown
Harrisonburg at Millbrook

 

Thursday

Princess Anne at Ocean Lakes
Fredericksburg Christian at No. 10 Atlantic Shores Christian
No. 24 Midlothian at No. 20 Cosby
No. 2 Frank Cox at First Colonial
Chantilly at No. 1 James Madison
Centreville at No. 5 Westfield
Virginia at No. 17 Lebanon
No. 11 Charles Colgan at No. 25 Potomac

 

Friday

Tabb at Grafton
Kettle Run at Fauquier
No. 3 Independence at Loudoun Valley
No. 19 Liberty Christian at Jefferson Forest
No. 8 Highland School at No. 11 Charles Colgan

Saturday

No. 1 St. Christopher's at No. 5 Greenbrier Christian
No. 2 Miller School at No. 9 Cape Henry Collegiate
Turner Ashby at Sherando