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Tryouts begin today!  Not a lot of chatter here lately, but hoping maybe some of us could post what they know about various teams this year.

For example, it appears that James River is going to be loaded with high caliber pitching this year.  Lefty Connelly Early and RHP Ryan Portes return with quality varsity experience.  RHP Thomas Reilly is strong after missing last year with an injury.  There are some quality younger arms as well, guys who would get tons of innings at some schools, but whether there'll be innings available for them on JR's varsity remains to be seen.

Expect Benedictine to remain strong as always.  RHP Jack Anderson returns after being hindered by a broken wrist most of last year.

There is a strong nucleus of talent at Lee-Davis this year, too, led by strong hitter Carter Trice and UMass commit Brett Allen (returned to L-D from Benedictine this year).

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Agree mostly with BOLZ717 Regionals predictions for 5A (Region A). Teams I'm more familiar with.....

Hickory - as usual,  should arguably be the top team. Won 5A regionals last year. Lost in state semi-finals by one run to the eventual state champion Stafford. Lost some key players but will just reload.

Cox (formerly 6A) should be strong this year especially now that they have senior transfer RHP Josh Grosz (ECU) to bolster their pitching staff. Other players include Virginia commit Ethan Anderson (2022) and First Team All-State OF Slevin  (2021). Lost to James River by 1 run in first round of States last year.

First Colonial (also formerly 6A) will be less experienced than usual. I think 7 of last years' starters graduated  including one of last years 2 starting pitchers. Still have  2020 LHP Ethan Firoved (Virginia Tech).

Salem lost maybe 6 starters? Four to graduation and 2 transferred? Starting LHP Colton Robinson (2020 VMI) and C Cade Brewer (2020 ODU) returning. Lost to Maury  first round of Regionals.

Not sure what to expect from potential dark horse Princess Anne. They have a new coach this year. Three starters graduated. Two experienced starting pitchers returning - LHP Tyler Horton (2020 Radford) and LHP Jordan Irizarry (2021 Campbell).

6A Ocean Lakes from the Beach area should be good again as well.




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