William & Mary baseball continues to collect Northern Virginia talent

April 16, 2013

Robinson senior Chase Bailey (on ground) is one of several Northern Virginia baseball standouts who have committed to William & Mary in recent years. (Rich Lipski/The Washington Post)

Yorktown senior right-hander John Yoest joined the parade of area 2013 pitchers headed to William & Mary when he committed to the Tribe over the weekend.

Fellow senior pitchers Chase Bailey (Robinson), Nick Brown (Patriot) and Dan Powers (Madison), as well as catcher Thomas Van de Houten (Paul VI Catholic), also are bound for Williamsburg.

“Oh man, so many reasons really,” Yoest said when asked why he committed to the school. “I had a lot of very specific parameters that I wanted to nail down when looking for a college and William & Mary was the perfect balance in everything I wanted. It’s a huge honor.”

Yoest, who said he was nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy but not appointed, noted that he wanted strong academics, good athletics, a head coach he could work with and added that he had a strong desire to stay in-state.

“Coach [Jamie Pinzino] is extremely straightforward, and the coaching staff is not only very nice but direct,” said Yoest, whose sister, Hannah Yoest, a 2010 All-Met, rows at Virginia. “They treated me like an adult. I liked their approach.”

Pinzino is in his first season as head coach after serving as pitching coach last year. William & Mary is 25-13, 9-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Yoest, whose Yorktown team tops the Virginia AAA National District, plans to major in political science or business.

There are 12 players from Northern Virginia on the current Tribe roster, including former O’Connell All-Met Michael Katz, a sophomore first baseman who is third in the CAA in batting average (.429) and first in on-base percentage (.511).

Junior second baseman Ryan Lindemuth (Lake Braddock), a 2010 All-Met, is tied for the lead league in runs scored (38). Senior left-hander Matt Wainman (Osbourn Park) leads CAA pitchers in opponents’ batting average (.200).

A 2009 All-Met, senior shortstop Ryan Williams (Westfield) was named the league co-player of the week Monday after batting .471 in a recent stretch of games.

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