Va. baseball

Potomac Falls finishes off second straight unbeaten district season

By Preston Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

No. 10 Potomac Falls on Tuesday night finished off a second consecutive unbeaten regular season in the Virginia AA Dulles District, but for the player who has led the follow-up romp through the Dulles, this was a new experience.

Junior first baseman Michael Lascomb, a junior varsity player last season, is batting .586 with 16 doubles and 28 RBI, all team highs. He is one of the main reasons the Panthers have outscored their Dulles opposition 114-24 in winning the regular season district title and locking up a Region II tournament berth.

"He was determined that he wanted to be a varsity starter," Potomac Falls Coach Joe Terango said. "He came out and showed everybody. Very surprising on one hand, but very deserving on another."

The Panthers (18-2, 12-0), with only three seniors, had some concerns offensively headed into the season. Their sophomore third baseman from last year, all-district choice Matt Rubino, moved to Japan, leaving a hole in the heart of the order. In stepped Lascomb.

"He turned it on early," Terango said, "and sometimes guys will hit a little slump or have a bad game or go hitless here or there. He turned it on and he hasn't turned it off yet."

With junior Ben Sweger (.417 batting average, 13 steals), senior Thomas Rea (.339) and juniors Ryan Mahoney (.400) and Ryan Miller (.333) batting in front of him, Lascomb has been in prime position to drive in runs. Sophomore Jackson Rogers is hitting .367. Miller and sophomore Sam Bass each have two of the team's six home runs.

Mahoney was 5 for 5 with five RBI on Tuesday in the 13-2 win over Freedom-South Riding that capped the Panthers' second straight unbeaten district season.

The Potomac Falls pitchers threw four shutouts in the district and allowed two runs or fewer in five other Dulles outings. The staff ERA for the season is 2.63. Rogers is 6-0, senior Taylor Jernigan 5-0, Miller 4-1 and Mahoney 3-0. Junior Stephen Fisher, another JV guy last year, has 10 saves.

The Panthers, whose losses were to Virginia AAA Cedar Run District teams Heritage (a Dulles member last year) and Loudoun Valley, have a first-round bye in the Dulles District tournament, which begins Friday, and will not play again until Tuesday.

They still have a ways to go to equal the accomplishments of last year's team. Those Panthers went 17-0 against Dulles competition, won the Region II title and reached the state semifinals.

"I'm really excited about the team right now," Terango said. "If they continue to work hard and stay focused, I think the possibilities are endless for this group."

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