With private schools opening their baseball season this week and public schools preparing for their respective opening day games early next week, Perfect Game has released its 2014 preseason Atlantic Region senior teams. Perfect Game, a high school scouting service that hosts events nationally, gave nine area players the nod on its first and second teams. Over a dozen players were selected for the honorable mention team. Here is the full list.
Below are the nine area players chosen for this year’s first and second team:
RHP JB Bukauskas, Sr., Stone Bridge
The 6-foot-1 right-hander was a first-team All-Met selection as a sophomore but this summer he reclassified to 2014 and will enroll at the University of North Carolina a year early. Bukauskas’ fastball has clocked 93 mph, and with a very consistent slider he set a school record for strikeouts with 110 last spring.
RHP Tommy Doyle, Sr., Flint Hill
The University of Virginia commit is a very imposing figure on the mound at 6-foot-6, and his fastball has touched 91 mph. He took home honorable mention All- Met honors last season and will be a key arm on a talented Flint Hill squad that finished 21-6 last season.
OF Brodie Leftridge, Sr., St. John’s
The speedy centerfielder is one of the best outfielders in the area and has a lot of range defensively. At 6-foot-1 he’s run a 6.54 60-yard dash and has signed with the University of Tennessee.
C Justin Morris, Sr, DeMatha
The first-team All-Met selection hit .390 with 27 RBIs on the WCAC Champion Stags last season. Morris has orally committed to Maryland but is a projected MLB draft pick, so look for his name to be called in June.
OF Brady Acker, Sr., Atholton
The 6-foot Acker has displayed tons of speed in the outfield and hit .478 with a .576 on-base percentage to earn first-team All-Met honors as a junior. Acker has run 6.53 in the 60-yard-dash and is a George Mason signee.
RHP Taylor Bloom, Sr., Riverdale Baptist
Bloom posted 83 strikeouts last season for the Crusaders and his fastball was clocked at 90 mph in October. The 6-foot-1 Maryland commit also has a curveball and changeup that will only get better with time.
SS Robbie Metz, Sr., Poolesville
Metz was selected as a shortstop on the Perfect Game team but the George Washington commit has a fastball that has hit 83 mph from the mound. The right-handed batter has the versatility to play second base when called upon.
RHP Garrett Pearson, Sr, St. John’s
The 6-foot-5 Pearson is a major cog in the Cadets’ standout pitching staff and his fastball has reached the upper 80’s on the radar gun. He’s receiving interest from ACC and SEC schools.
LHP Nick Wells, Sr., Battlefield
Wells is the only southpaw pitcher nominated of the eight area selections. With a tall frame at 6-foot-5, Wells’ fastball has been clocked at 89 mph and he earned all-district honors last year after striking out 79 batters. Wells is a College of Charleston commit.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 4
Calvert senior Daijha Thomas scored 29 points to lift the Cavaliers into their fourth consecutive Maryland 2A state championship. A Cavaliers win Saturday in the state final will give the school an unprecedented four straight Maryland state title.
— Gonzaga is your wire-to-wire No. 1 hockey team after a nearly perfect season that saw the Eagles go unbeaten. And after conference, region and state titles, Robinson finished the season as the No. 1 wrestling team.
— The shot clock debate is consistently at the forefront of high school basketball, but does it really make a difference?
— The No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders have used last season’s loss to eventual state champion North Point to fuel their dominant performance this season.
— Take a look at the story of the Fort Dupont hockey team, which gives kids from a variety of backgrounds a chance to play a sport often lacking in diversity.
— And here’s the story on Virginia basketball signee Mikayla Venson, one of the area’s best players who hasn’t played high school basketball since 2011 due to a severe concussion.
VIDEO OF THE DAY:
The Fort Dupont Hockey Club teaches D.C. youth a game that lacks diversity but also instills the values of hard work, discipline and community.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
Maryland state semifinals at Towson University and Comcast Center
We have several teams playing tonight, but the most intriguing matchup looks to be the No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt girls vs. No. 12 Paint Branch at 5 p.m. at Towson. View the full brackets here.