Week Four of the VA/DC Power 25



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By John Nolan
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Welcome to week four of the Power 25. Teams in our coverage area continued to cycle through their spring breaks, and we look forward to getting into the grind of conference play as most teams should be getting into their conference schedules next week, with some having already started.

We again have a change at the top of the rankings as Paul VI Catholic ascends to the No. 1 spot. The Panthers are still undefeated on the 2016 season and became the first team in the history of the Southeastern Baseball Classic to win the tournament three times as they streaked through to the championship last week.

Back up to No. 2 is James Madison. The Warhawks had three statement victories in their first week back from Florida as their bats exploded, including a big win over crosstown rival Oakton. No. 3 Hanover went 2-1 on a rain-abbreviated spring trip.

Greenbrier Christian and Liberty Christian round out the Top 5. The Gators had a tough trip against good competition and the Bulldogs were idle in the week after their visit to Cary, North Carolina for NHSI.

Grassfield and Atlantic Shores Christian both remained undefeated with three win weeks. The Grizzlies won the Deep Run tournament with a good win over a talented Lee-Davis team. Loudoun Valley moved into the Top 10 after picking up two wins, including a walk-off win against Stone Bridge.

Millbrook falls to the bottom of the Top 10 after having an off day at the plate in an upset loss to Potomac Falls. The Pioneers did rebound on Friday to win their Conference 21 opener.

Glen Allen was idle during its vacation week, and St. John’s traveled to Bradenton, Florida to take part in the IMG National Classic. The Cadets finished as the runners-up in the tournament, losing in the championship game to national power Harvard Westlake. Sophomore Jacob Steinberg (Miami) was named the Most Valuable Pitcher in the tournament.

While No. 15 Hylton has rallied from its opening day loss to No. 14 Battlefield, winning six in a row to assert itself as the second best team at the moment in Prince William County after no-hitting Patriot and posting a dominant win over Osbourn Park.

Briar Woods continues to climb as the Falcons feature one of the deeper lineups in 5A North, a lineup that helped the Falcons rally from an early deficit to beat Freedom on Thursday.

Lake Braddock moved into the Top 20 as the Bruins posted an undefeated week with a pair of conference wins and a victory in Saturday’s matchup against very good Maryland school Georgetown Prep. Hickory dropped its second game of the season, running into an elite pitcher again as Jamestown senior Kent Klyman (NC State) shut them down on Tuesday night.

New to the rankings are Trinity Episcopal and Nansemond Suffolk Academy. Trinity Episcopal has beaten Covenant in extra innings and handed Nansemond Suffolk its only loss of the season last week. Nansemond Suffolk has also beaten Covenant and has a pair of wins over Highland.

 

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