Behind this high-caliber pitching and defense, the Scorpions have held opponents to 10 runs, decreasing the team’s necessity for huge offensive outputs — at least for now.
“We’re not a hitting machine, but with that kind of pitching, if we score three or four runs per game, we’re giving ourselves a good chance,” Rau said. “Of course, we’re going to have to start hitting more in the future, and that’s what I keep preaching to our guys, that we can’t just rely on pitching. So that’s what we’re looking to improve.”
Concorde District hotly contested
The balance in the Virginia AAA Concorde District is such that all six teams have shown up in the weekly Northern Region top 10 coaches’ poll at some point already this season.
So it should come as little surprise that on Tuesday night when the teams played their district openers, two of the three were one-run games.
Centreville overcame spotty defense to pull out a 10-9 win over Robinson. The Rams, facing sophomore reliever Daniel Woodruff, loaded the bases in the top of the seventh on an error, single, sacrifice bunt and intentional walk, but Centreville got a forceout at home from junior third baseman Scott Walter to sophomore catcher Jake Behne and to seal the victory Woodruff notched a strikeout of a batter who had three hits.
Senior Carson Bach threw the first six innings and fanned seven batters. The Wildcats (6-2, 1-0) struck out only twice. Junior Matt Sedlock had two hits, including a two-run homer in the second, and senior Daniel Drangstveit and senior Matt Whalen also had two hits each.
“There are no walkovers in the Concorde, especially in baseball,” said first-year Centreville coach Scott Findley, the Wildcats’ junior varsity coach last year. “We’re not a real experienced team, so these little bouts of adversity early are really going to pay off come May.”
The Post Top 10
Riverdale Baptist sustained its first loss, at a tournament in Tennessee. . . . Madison has won 10 straight since a season-opening loss to Fairfax, including an 11-3 win over its Vienna rival, No. 9 Oakton. . . . South River has dropped two straight following a 6-0 start. . . . Flint Hill enters the rankings after a 6-2 win at Maret. . . . Georgetown Prep is aiming for a third straight regular season IAC crown. The Little Hoyas won their league opener Tuesday against Bullis.
1. Riverdale Baptist (14-1) LW: 1
2. Madison (10-1) LW: 2
3. Lake Braddock (8-2) LW: 4
4. DeMatha (11-3) LW: 5
5. St. John’s (9-4) LW: 7
6. South River (6-2) LW: 3
7. Paul VI Catholic (10-4) LW: 6
8. Flint Hill (10-2) LW: NR
9. Oakton (8-1) LW: 8
10. Georgetown Prep (10-6) LW: 10
Dropped out: No. 9 Arundel (3-2)
Oakland Mills (8-0), Marriotts Ridge (8-0), Battlefield (9-1)
Records through Tuesday