Locals named to VHSL all-state baseball team

July 17

(A previous version of this story omitted two Marshall players, catcher Mitch Blackstone and designated hitter Conor Boyle, who made the VHSL  5A all-state team.)

The Virginia High School League all-state baseball teams have been finalized, and several local standouts were honored for their play this season. Of those honored four were named first team All-Met this spring, Stone Bridge All-Met Player of the Year JB Bukauskas, Langley left-hander Jake McSteen, Battlefield lefty Nick Wells and Madison third baseman Luke Belt.

Bukauskas, along with Bulldogs rising junior third baseman Dave Mocabee (19 RBI) and outfielder Kyle Palmer were named to the VHSL’s Group 5A baseball team. Palmer will attend Virginia Tech in the fall with hopes of walking on to the program. Marshall catcher Mitch Blackstone and designated hitter Conor Boyle also made the 5A all–state team.

Former Battlefield southpaw Nick Wells was one of four All-Mets named to VHSL All-State team (Photo by Michelle Hall)
Former Battlefield southpaw Nick Wells was one of four All-Mets named to VHSL All-State team (Photo by Michelle Hall)

In Group 6A, Wells earned all-state honors for his 1.06 ERA and 106 strikeouts. Wells, a third-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, is currently with the Toronto Blue Jays organization in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. In three appearances including one start, he has a 5.14 ERA with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

Wells’s former teammate and UNC Wilmington signee catcher Nick Feight also earned all-state honors. Langley’s McSteen, a Nebraska signee, was picked at the utility position after hitting .479 with 18 RBI and posting a 0.65 ERA with 90 strikeouts. South County third baseman Michael Smith (George Mason) earned the distinction at shortstop. He hit .442 with 16 stolen bases.

Belt, a dynamo in the corner who will play in college for Cincinnati. He hit .418 with six doubles and 12 stolen bases. State finalist Chantilly slugger Mike Sciorra (James Madison) earned all-state honors in the outfield.  Hylton second baseman Austin Magestro (UNC Wilmington) and outfielder Brady Zinda (Maryland Baltimore County) rounded out the list.

Loudoun Valley, Group 3A state champion, had three players named to the all-state team. Ace Will Reed (Shepherd), second baseman Brandon Grayson (West Virginia Wesleyan for football) and junior outfielder Sam Urban (Liberty oral commit) earned all-state honors.

RELATED: Spring 2014 All-Met Baseball Team

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