Eleven of the team’s 18 players are seniors, so there is no next season for them. Sullivan said they were disappointed not to advance beyond the district semifinals.
And even though West Potomac (12-11) lost to some of the lower-division Patriot District teams, the Wolverines hail from a district whose top teams — Lake Braddock, South County and West Springfield — have claimed the past four region titles.
In fact, the last three region finals have pitted Patriot teams. The last non-Patriot team to reach the championship was Chantilly in 2008, and you have to go back to 2004 to find a season in which at least one Patriot team did not reach the championship.
So given that history, and their own, yeah, the Wolverines, are happy to be here.
“Since only the top four make it, making it into the region tournament is quite an accomplishment and I’m very proud of how hard they’ve worked,” said Sullivan, whose team plays its first-round game at National District champion Yorktown (20-3). “Hopefully we can carry the Patriot District banner beyond the first round.”
Carrying the banner likely hinges on not mishandling the ball. Sullivan said the team was within one strike of two wins that turned into losses on errors this season. The Wolverines committed a walk-off error in a 2-1 eight-inning loss to McLean early in the season. And then there was a 10-error game against Oakton.
Junior Jayme Murray, a George Mason University commit, is batting .440 and has a 2.20 ERA. Seniors Sean Trenchard, Matt Hrin and Dan Jarrell all are batting .365 or higher.
William and Mary commit Andrew White, one of the team’s three left-handed starting pitchers, likely will throw against Yorktown.
Here are capsules on the other first-round region tournament games set for 7 p.m. Friday night. The quarterfinals are Monday, with doubleheaders at Madison and Lake Braddock, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at each site:
Wakefield (4-18) at Lake Braddock (20-2): This would be the upset of upsets. Wakefield has never won a region playoff game and has not recorded a winning season since 1987. The Patriot District champion Bruins, with senior Michael Church and junior Thomas Rogers, two of the top pitchers in the region,
are 178-44 the past nine years.
Centreville (16-6) at McLean (14-8): Maybe the best first-round matchup, particularly if it’s anything like their 2009 first-round game, when Centreville knocked off then-Liberty District champion McLean, 1-0. Unless McLean wins its first region title, this will be the final home game for All-Met pitcher Josh Sborz. Centreville also has never won the region crown.