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Washington-area hitters make mark nationally at Concord

Concord (W.Va.) is the top-hitting team nationally in Division II college baseball, entering the week with a .363 average, tops out of 267 schools. The Mountain Lions have the Washington area to credit for that distinction.

Ryan Johnston Stone Bridge graduate Ryan Johnston leads Concord in batting with a .408 average. (Courtesy of Concord sports information)

Four of the top five hitters at the Athens, W.Va., school are from here, including sophomore third baseman Ryan Johnston (.408, Stone Bridge), freshman outfielder Andrew Seigel (.387, Broad Run) and freshman infielder Joe Camp (.385, St. John’s), Concord’s top three hitters.

Junior outfielder Bret Blevins (.360, Northern) is fifth and sophomore catcher T.J. Brockway (.312, Good Counsel) is 11th on the team.

Blevins, leading the league with 27 stolen bases, and Seigel were first-team picks on the all-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team. Johnston was named to the second team.

Concord (33-18, 26-9) is playing in the double-elimination WVIAC tournament this week in Beckley, W.Va. The Mountain Lions, the 2011 tourney champion, won their first-round game Wednesday, 5-1, over West Liberty. Johnston homered twice and junior Ryan Weatherholtz (Osbourn Park) pitched seven innings, allowing one run, none earned.

Concord’s coach is Andrew Wright, a former Georgetown Prep assistant.



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