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12.12.14
Keller verbals to Lancers!!!

Congratulations to Grant Keller (2016 3B/OF - Midlothian) on his commitment to Coach Ryan Mau and the Lancers of Longwood University.  Keller will follow 5 former Cardinals to Farmville - including current Lancers starting CF Colton Konvicka and LHP Chase McPherson.  Great job Grant!!!!
11.24.14
Carpenter commits to Rams!!

Congratulations to Steven Carpenter (2016 - New Kent) on his commitment to VCU.  Carpenter verbally accepted a scholarship offer from Coach Sean Stiffler to continue his baseball career for the Rams where he will get to play along side his cousin Darrien who is a Sophomore 3B.  Congratulations Steve and the entire Carpenter family!!!!

NLI Day 2014

Nick Butts
William & Mary

Jake Huggins
VMI

Reid Leonard
Morehead State

Chesdin Harrington
UVA

AJ Stead
Shepherd Univ.

Andrew Llewellyn
Wingate Univ

Griffin Roberts
Wake Forest

Eric Sloper
Shepherd Univ

Thomas Chisam
James Madison

Ryan Simpson
Shepherd Univ

Nathan Trevillian
Liberty University

Cardinals March into Elite 8 at WWBA Underclass Championships in Ft Myers
PG article HERE

Virginia Cardinals have riden stong pitching, stellar defense and timely hitting to a bearth in the Elite8 of the Underclass World Championships in Ft Myers.  After allowing only 2 runs while going 3-0 in pool play the Cardinals were awarded the 6 seed in the 54 team playoffs.  An extra inning victroy over the Ohio Elite in the round of 32 and a sound 9-3 voctory over Team Mizuno in the round of 16 punched the Cardinals ticket for Championship Monday and a chance to win 3 more and a National title.  More details and breakdown from the weekend to come.....(hint hint... we won the whole thing)

11.10.14
Stead, Sloper and Simpson to Shepherd
Saunders to Alderson-Broaddus!!

Congratulations to AJ Stead ('15 LHP Eastern View), Ryan Simpson ('15 RHP/3B Faquier), Eric Sloper ('15 Util Patriot) and Aaron Saunders ('15 SS Hanover) on their recent commitments.  Stead, Sloper and Simpson committed to coach Matt McCarty and MEC powerhouse Shepherd University Rams while Saunders will matriculate to GMAC leading Alderson-Broaddus Univ to play for coach Luke Harrigan and the Battlers.  Well done gentlemen!!!

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10.5.14
Cardinals Tangle in Super6 VT
Cardinals 17U rode a 2-0 record into Sunday at the VT Super6 event and squared off for the second week in a row against their 16U Cardinal counterparts.  While the 17U squad was able to squeak out a 3-1 win at Liberty they were unable to find the road to victory at Virginia Tech.  Stellar pitching and defense was the call of the day as the Cardinal squads battled to a 1-1 tie.  The 16U squad rolled out great pitching performances by Eric Piccuci, Joey Crute and Jacob Lingle to match the outings of the 17U arms Noah Murdock, Steven Carpenter and Justin Sorokowski. Lingle even managed to pitch around a leadoff triple in the bottom of the 7th by Grey Lyttle to preserve the tie.  The 16U squad tied the game up in the 5th on a 2 out double by Mitchell Williams to deep Left.  Next up for the 17U squad will be the WWBA in Ft Myers Oct 9-13 - the 16U Cardinals are off this weekend and return to action at JMU for the Super6 event there Oct 18-19.
Former Cardinals Tyler Fitzgerald, Kit Scheetz, Luke Scherzer and Mac Caples came out to English Field to support the fellas this past weekend.  Always great to see our Alumni thriving at the next level and their encouragement to our current players is much appreciated!!!
9.28.14
Cardinals 15U Win State Championship

Coach Anderson and the Va Cardinals 15U squad outscored their opponents 42-2 en-route to the USSSA State Championship in their 1st ever "Play to Win" tournament opportunity.  Congratulations to Coach Anderson and all the 2018 Va Cardinals for a job well done!!
8.01.14
Cardinals make historic run for National Championship!!
After securing the 1 seed through pool play the Virginia Cardinals slipped into the losers bracket after failing 3-2 in their first bracket play game.  Facing an uphill climb the 17U squad buckled down and managed to win 8 games in 3 days and secure their second Triple Crown National Championship in organization history.  The Cardinals went 11-1 in 5 days and knocked off A's Nation to reach the finals where they had to beat the Ct Blue Jays twice to finish the miracle run.  They did.  The run was truly a full team effort with contributions coming from all 16 players in attendance.  It was an amazing week and one that will not soon be forgotten!!  write-up HERE        USBC Bracket view HERE
7.16.14
Cardinals 16U March into Playoffs at WWBA
Coach Carpenter and The Virginia Cardinals 16U Squad won Pool Q at the 16U WWBA at LakePoint / East Cobb.  The Cardinals went 6-1 in pool play and earned the 24 seed in the elimination bracket play that begins Thursday morning with a match-up with the Team Elite Roadruners on LakePoint field 14. The Cardinals only allowed 14 runs vs 53 runs scored in the 7 pool games (12th most runs scored out of 296 teams) - Good Luck 16U!!!

6.29.14
Cardinals Dominate All-Metro List!

Current and former Cardinals comprised 6 of the 12 spots on the Times Dispatch All-Metro team.  Included in that list is Derek Casey's selection as the Metro Player of the Year.  Casey (Sr Hanover) completed his High School career a perfect 27-0 with back to back State Titles.  Also on the list is Nick Butts (Jr Manchester), Tyler Fitzgerald (Sr Cosby), Trevor Denton (Sr Hanover), Harry Lee Watson (Sr James River), and Jake Huggins (Jr Cosby).  Full story HERE

In related news Logan Harrelson (Sr Great Bridge) and Dane Smith (Sr Great Bridge) were named to the All-Tidewater team by the Virginian-Pilot.  Full List HERE
6.18.14
Kirby, Allen and UVA Making Omaha Home

Cardinals alumni Nathan Kirby (So. UVA) and Tyler Allen (Fr. UVA) along with the rest of the UVA Cavaliers have managed to find themselves in the catbird seat at the 2014 College World Series.  Walkoff wins over Ole Miss and TCU have them one win away form advancing to the final series at the College World Series.  Kirby fired 7 innings of 1-hit ball in the Cavs win over the Rebels in game 1 on Sunday night.  Nice article on Allen can be seen HERE. 
6.22.14
Cardinals shine at Diamond Nation

In their first journey north the Virginia Cardinals marched all the way to the finals in the Diamond Nation Super 17's invitational in Flemington NJ.  With no fewer than 150 colleges in attendance over the weekend the Cardianls made it past the NJ Yankees, SJ Young Guns, LI Whalers, Dimarini Prime, and NY Grays before falling in the finals to the NE Ruffnecks.  All in all it was a very fruitful trip to New Jersey and the Cardinals look forward to returning next year to finish the job.  Nice writeup on the final game vs the ruffnecks HERE.
6.15.14.
Cardinals Win Super6 Event at NAVY
The Virginia Cardinals went undefeated and took home the Super6 Championship at NAVY this past weekend.  Justin Sorokowski and Nick Butts held a stout New Jersey Marlins team in check and Eric Sloper made a game saving diving catch to preserve the 2-1 extra inning victory.  Reid Leonard and Steven Carpenter were defensive stalwarts all weekend.  Stellar pitching from Noah Murdock, AJ Stead and Nick Roth helped the Cardinals navigate pool play and set the club up for the finals.  Cardinals travel to NJ for the Super17's event at Diamond Nation this weekend and look to continue their winning ways.
6.14.14
AJ Stead Named Louisville Slugger All-American!
It has been announced that AJ Stead (Jr. Eastern View) has been named to the 2nd team Louisville Slugger All-American team.  26 of the honorees were selected this past June in the 1st or 2nd rounds of the MLB Amateur draft.  AJ is one of only 2 players form VA who were named to the list as he joins UNC Commit JB Bukauskas representing the Commonwealth.  Congratulations AJ for this incredible honor!!
Full List HERE
6.14.14
Cardinals help lead Hanover to Back 2 Back State Titles!

Cardinal alum Derek Casey and current Cardinals Cayman Richardson and John Gregory claimed their 2nd State Championship in as many years with their 7-1 victory over Millbrook.  Casey (UVA Commit) finishes his HIgh School career a perfect 27-0.  RIchardson (UVA Commit) and Gregory (U of R Commit) were key offensive performers for Charlie Dragum's  Hawks all year long.  Well Done gentlemen!! 
Story HERE
6.13.14
Crain to head to Morehead St!!
Eric Crain ('14 Deep Run) has committed to continue his college basebll career for Coach Mike McGuire and the Eagles of Morehead St.  Eric will take his 2-way talents to the hills of Kentucky a year ahead of fellow Cardinal Reid Leonard who committed to the Eagles 2015 recruiting class over the winter.  Eric is a testament to perseverence and has reaped the rewards of working the process and never wavering on his goals and dreams.  Congratulations to Eric and the Crain family!!!
6.8.14
Chisam commits to JMU!!

Thomas Chisam (Jr Walsingham) has given his verbal commitment to attend JMU and play for Coach Spanky McFarland and the Dukes.  Thomas will maticulate from Walsingham Academy in the class of 2015 before heading to Harrisonburg.  Congratulations Thomas!
6.7.14
Casey Drafted By St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinal red runs deep for the career of Derek Casey (Sr Hanover) as he was selected in the 2014 Amateur draft by St Loius in the 22nd round.  The late selection is unlikely to entice the hard throwing RHP away from his UVA commitment
6.2.14
Roth, Smith, Fitzgerald, Huggins & Chisam Named All-State!

Nick Roth (Jr Benedictine) an Thomas Chisam (Jr Walsingham) were named VISAA All State.  The 2-way juniors were a steady and reliable performers all season.   Roth TD Feature Story HERE and VISAA All-State list HERE
Public School All-State: Dane Smith (Sr. Great Bridge), Tyler Fitzgerald (Cosby) Jake Huggins (Jr Cosby),
All Region: Nathan Trevillian (Jr Amherst), Peyton Maddox (Sr. Amherst),  Logan Harrelson (Sr. Great Bridge),
All-Conference: Tyler Fitzgerald (Sr. Cosby), Harry Lee Watson (Sr. JRHS), Cullen Large (Sr JRHS), Brad McKay (Sr Cosby), Justin Sorokowski (So. Lee-Davis), Nick Butts (Jr Manchester), Chesdin Harrington (Jr Patrick Henry), POY- Derek Casey (Sr Hanover), Cayman Richardson (So Hanover), Chase McPherson (Sr JR Tucker),
5.24.14
Stead continues to set records for Cyclones
AJ Stead (Jr. Eastern View) has led EVHS to the #1 seed in their conference and set numerous school records along the way.  Nice article on the LHP and his record setting career HERE
5.21.14
Trevillian eyes Team USA!!
Nathan Trevillian (Jr. Amherst County HS) had a busy week.  He was named Seminole District Pitcher of the year, then pitched the Lancers to the District Title with a 1-hit shutout.  After that he found out he had been selected to join the top 100 players in the nation to compete for the 20 man USA National Team 18U roster.  If selected then Trevillian will join former Cardinal Nathan Kirby (So. UVA) in the US National program after Kirby was selected to the College National Team earlier this month.  This has been a busy year for Trevillian, the #1 ranked player in Virginia, who burst onto the scene at last years PG Jr National event.  This summer is shaping up to be even more eventful.  Congratulations Nathan!!!
5.21.14
Maddox Named Player of the Year!

Cardinal alum and VMI Commit Peyton Maddox (Sr. Amherst County) was recently named Seminole District Player of the Year.  Maddox and fellow Cardinal and Amherst County teammate Nathan Trevillian have led the Lancers of Amherst County to an undefeated record and Seminole District title.  Both will be looking to lead their club to the State Title that eluded them last spring when they fell in the State Championship game.  Congratulations Peyton!!!
5.19.14
Murdock fires No-Hitter!!

Noah Murdock (So. Colonial Heights) fired a CG No-Hitter over Southhampton.  Murdock (a UVA Commit) struck out 12 and also added in a 2 for 4 night with a double and 2 RBI for the Generals
5.19.14
Kirby named ACC Pitcher of the Year and 1st Team ALL-AMERICAN!

Virginia Cardinals alum Nathan Kirby (So. UVA) was named ACC Pitcher of the Year.  The Sophomore went 8-1 including a No-Hitter vs Pittsburg in April.  Nathan struck out 91 hitters and recorded a miniscule 1.58 ERA. over 85 innings.  Kirby shares the day with his skipper Brian O'Connor who was named ACC Coach of the Year for leading the #1 Cavaliers to a 43-11 reagular season recordAlso congrats to Andrew Knizner (NC St) on being 3rd team all ACC and a Freshman All-American .
Full Article HERE  All American list HERE

Numerous Cardinals finish 2014 college campaigns with major impacts on their teams.

- Nathan Kirby (So. UVA) went 8-1 for the #1 UVA Cavaliers leading the team in Wins, Strikeouts (91), Innings pitched (85) and lowest BA against (.180). Kirby was also named ACC Pitcher of the Year.

- Kit Scheetz (r-Fr. Va Tech) went 5-1 for the 21-31 Hokies – accounting for 25% of the teams wins.  He was also 2nd on the team with 41 strikeouts and 3rd on the team with 50 innings pitched.

- Luke Scherzer (Fr. Va Tech) contributed 5 saves for the Hokies while appearing in 25 of the teams 52 games (2nd most on the team).  Luke also won 2 games which had him contributing in 33% of the teams wins on the season.

- Andrew Knizner (Fr. NC St) led the NC State Wolfpack in RBI with 47 while he was 2nd in BA (.334), Doubles (11), and hits (68) while locking down the 3B job as a Freshman.

- Colton Konvicka (So. LU) led Longwood University with 24 steals in 27 attempts while also starting in 43 games for the Lancers.

- Josh Gardiner (Jr. RU) led Radford to their school record setting 32 wins by leading the squad with 51 runs scored and 3 triples.  Gardiner committed only 5 errors all season while starting at 2B.  Josh finished the regular season with a .293 batting average with 12 doubles, 33 BB and 11 HBP.

- Daniel Bridgeman (So. RU) went 3-1 out of the pen for the Radford Highlanders while appearing in 19 games and posted a solid 3.38 ERA.

5.13.14
Sorokowski Handling the Spotlight

Justin Sorokowski (2016 Lee-Davis) has put together an exemplary spring.  The RTD has offered up a feature on the Virginia Cardinals RHP/3B and his acclimation to being an ACC commit as a sophomore.
Article HERE
5.10.14
Harrington Commits to Cavaliers!!!!

Cardinal RHP / SS Chesdin Harrington (2015 Patrick Henry HS) has committed to play for Coach Brian O'Connor and the UVA Cavaliers.  Chesdin will join former Cardinals Nathan Kirby, Tyler Allen, Tyler Carrico, Derek Casey as well as current Cardinal teammates Noah Murdock and Cayman Richardson in Charlottesville.  The Cardinals presence in the #1 college baseball program in the nation continues.  Congratulations to the Harrington family!!
5.9.14
Kirby named to Team USA!!!!

Virginia Cardinal Alum and current UVA pitcher Nathan Kirby (So. UVA) has recently accepted a spot on the 2014 USA National team.  Kirby has emerged this spring as one of the top pitchers in the nation for the Cavaliers. He is currently 8-1 for the top ranked team in the Nation.  Full Story HERE
5.9.14
Stead having a big spring for Cyclones

AJ Stead has picked up right where he left off last year and has raced out to a 7-1 record with a miniscule 1.25 ERA for the Eastern View Cyclones.  AJ has also managed to fan 65 batters in only 52 innings while mixing in a no-hitter back in mid April. 
AJ will be back on the mound for the 11-5 Cyclones this week looking to add to the strong season he has already had.
5.8.14

Roth Named Times-Dispatch Player of the Week

Nick Roth ('15 Benedictine) was named the Richmond Times-Dispatch Player of the Week for his performances last week.  Nick tossed a CG shutout over previously undefeated and #1 ranked Liberty Christian AcademyFull Article HERE
4.30.14
Huggins To Join Keydets!
Jake Huggins (2015 Cosby) has verbally committed to accept a baseball scholarship and play his college ball for coach Marlin Ikenberry and the Keydets of the Virginia Military Institute.  Huggins chose VMI over numerous suitors and will follow his older brother to Lexington.  Jake becomes the second Cardinal to matriculate to VMI joining Gary LeClair who was a member of the very first Virginia Cardinal roster.  Congratulations to Jake and the entire Huggins family!!!!
4.29.14
Virginia Cardinals Recruiting Videos

Virginia Cardinals latest recruiting videos from "Play In School" are live and ready for viewing HERE.
4.4.14

KIRBY NO-HITS PITT PANTHERS!!!!

Cardinal alum Nathan Kirby (So. UVA) tossed a CG No-Hitter while also fanning 18 Pitt Panthers.  Kirby walked one and worked around one fielding error early in the game before finding his groove - at one point striking out 10 Pitt hitters in a row.  Kirby raises his record to 6-1 on the year.  Congratulations Nathan!! Very Well Done!!!!!
Full Story HERE

KIRBY also garners #1 on the ESPN Plays of the Day HERE.

13 Cardinals named to PG Pre-Season ALL - American Teams

Congratulations to 2nd team Nathan Trevillian ('15 Amherst HS), High Honorable Mention; Nick Butts ('15 Manchester), Reid Leonard ('15 Benedictine), Noah Murdock ('16 Colonial Heights), Cayman Richardson ('16 Hanover), Justin Sorokowski ('16 Lee Davis), Honorable Mention; Steven Carpenter ('16 New Kent), Thomas Chisam ('15 Walsingham), John Gregory ('16 Hanover), Chesdin Harrington ('15 Patrick Henry), Jake Huggins ('15 Cosby), Griffin Roberts ('15 James River), Eric Sloper ('15 Patriot).
3.15.14
Nicely homers 3 times for CNU.

Cardinal alum AJ Nicely homered 3 times in 5 AB for CNU.  Nicely has taken over leadoff and CF duties for the Captains and has hit at a robust .333 since assuming the starting role in early March. 

Full article can be seen HERE.

Cardinals Alumni litter the Collegiate diamonds across the region

Virginia Cardinals alumni hit the ground running as the opening weekend of DI baseball got underway.  Best performance of the weekend was easily Nathan Kirby (So. UVA) and his 6 shutout inning start vs VMI.  Former Cardinal teammate Gary LeClair (Jr. VMI) was one of only 2 hitters to get a ball out of the infield against Kirby with his base hit in the 5th. Kit Scheetz (r-Fr. Va Tech) was right on Kirby's heels as he logged 6.1 innings for the Hokies.  Scheetz' collegiate debut saw him strike out 3 against only 3 hits and 2 runs in the effort.

Colton Konvicka (So. Longwood) went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored in the Lancers opening day victory over ETSU.  Josh Gardiner (Jr. Radford) continues to join Konvicka and hold down leadoff duties for his Highlanders and collected 3 hits over the weekend while helping Radford log a victory over Ga Tech. Shane Johnsonbaugh and Daniel Bridgeman also saw action for the Highlanders over the weekend with Johnsonbaugh collecting a pinch hit and Bridgeman recording 2.1 quality innings in relief.  Gardiner's Fellow double-play partner form the original days of the Cardinals - Clay Keranen (Jr - Liberty) started at Short Stop for Liberty and collected 2 hits in their win over the University of Richmond.  Mac Caples (Fr. VT) saw some action in his first weekend as well.  On the DIII front Daniel Byrd (So. RMC) and Tanner Phillips (So. RMC) continue to contribute major innings to the Yellow Jackets with Byrd earning the opening day start on the mound and Phillips anchoring the bullpen.
2.6.14
Leonard to be an MSU Eagle!!!

Congratulations to Reid Leonard ('15 INF - Benedictine) on his commitment to continue his baseball career for coach Mike McGuire and the Eagles of Morehead State.  Reid has long been known as one of the premier baseball players in the Commonwealth of Virginia while playing for Sean Ryan at Benedictine and will become the first Cardinal player to wear the gold and blue at MSU.  Congratulations to Reid and the entire Leonard family!!!!
1.26.14
Gregory to play for Spiders!!

Congratulations to John Gregory ('16 LHP/1B Hanover) on his commitment to continue his baseball career for Tracey Woodson at the University of Richmond.  John established himself as one of the premier left-handed arms and bats this past fall for the Cardinals after helping Hanover win the State Title last spring as a Freshman.  Congratulations to John and the Gregory family!
1.19.14
Murdock Commits to UVA Cavaliers!

Congratulations to Noah Murdock ('16 RHP Colonial Heights) on his acceptance of a scholarship offer from Coach Brian O'Connor and UVA. Noah will join fellow Cardinal Cayman Richardson in the UVA 2016 class as well as Cardinal alumni Nathan Kirby, Tyler Allen, Tyler Carrico and Derek Casey in Charlottesville. Great Job Noah!!!

progress-index article HERE
1.18.14
McPherson to become a Lancer!!

Chase McPherson (2014 JR Tucker) has committed to play his college baseball for Coach Brian McCullough and the Longwood Lancers.  Chase was an incredibly effective LHP for the Cardinals during the summer and fall of 2013 and he has barely begun to scratch the surface of his potential.  Congratulations Chase!!
1.10.14
Sorokowski Commits to Seminoles!

Justin Sorokowski (2016 Lee Davis HS) has committed to play his college baseball for Mike Martin and the Seminoles of Florida State University.  Justin is an accomplished 2-way player who has been an impact player for the Cardinals this past fall after spending a number of years playing for Rob Fultineer and John Carpenter on the highly touted Predators team out of Central Virginia.  Congratulations to Justin and the entire Sorokowski family!!
11.12.13
Richardson Commits to Cavaliers!


Cayman Richardson (2016 Hanover HS) has committed to play his college baseball for Brian O'Connor and the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia.  Cayman will join a number of Cardinal alumni in Charlottesville - Tyler Allen, Nathan Kirby, Tyler Carrico and current Hanover HS teammate Derek Casey.  Great job Gator!!!

Click HERE for HOONATION article on the commitment.

Duo of '14 Cardinals commit to CAC powerhouses

12.1.13
Dane Smith (2B - Great Bridge '14) and Logan Harrelson (RHP/CF - Great Bridge '14) will face off for the next 4 years for CAC bragging rights.  Smith has committed to play his college baseball at the University of Mary Washington while Harrelson will matriculate to
 Christopher Newport University.  Well done gentlemen!!!!!
11.22.2013
LeClair receives VMI Ring
Gary LeClair - One of our original Cardinals has achieved a very significant milestone in his collegiate career at VMI.  The presentation of a VMI class ring, and the formal dance known as Ring Figure that marks the occasion, takes place in November of the Second Class (Junior) year. The event represents an important milestone in the life of a cadet, second only to graduation in importance. Each class is responsible for designing a unique ring, which incorporates symbols significant to the group. The elaborate Ring Figure tradition known to today's cadets dates to the 1920's.  CONGRATULATIONS GARY!!!

Cardinals sign National Letter of Intents for 2014 grads

Brad McKay
JMU

Tyler Fitzgerald
Virginia Tech

Cullen Large
William & Mary

Harry Lee Watson
Virginia Tech

Craig McLane
William & Mary

Derek Casey
University of Virginia

Peyton Maddox
VMI

Lane Ward
Norfolk St

Baseball America Article


The Virginia Cardinals and Former player Tyler Allen and Cardinals head coach Rich Graham were prominently featured throughout an article in Baseball America in July of 2013.


The article can be see HERE

10.28.13

Maddox commits to Keydets!!!


Peyton Maddox (2014 Amherst County HS) has committed to play his college baseball for Marlon Ikenberry and the Keydets of Virginia Military Institute.  Peyton played catcher and 1B for the Cardinals over the summer of 2013 and is also the High School teammate of current Cardinal pitcher Nathan Travillian.  Congratulations to Peyton and the Maddox family!!!!!

10.14.13
Cardinals have solid showing at WWBA Underclass in Ft Myers

The Virginia Cardinals finished tied for 9th place in the 208 team WWBA Underclass Championships held Oct 10-14.  The Cardinals marched into the playoffs after going undefeated in pool play with victories over Fastball USA (15-1), Orlando Assault (1-0), and Indiana Prospects (5-3).  Details on the weeks performances and game notes can be seen HERE
9.20.13
Hinkle Commits to Marymount

Chas Hinkle (2014 Great Bridge) has committed to play his college baseball at Marymount University for coach Frank Leoni.  Chas helped Great Bridge reach the AAA State Championship game along with fellow Cardinals Dane Smith and  Logan Harrelson before anchoring the Cardinals catching duties this past summer.  Well Done Chas!!!!
8.25.13
Cardinal Alumni Gardiner and Kirby named Summer Ball ALL-AMERICANS.

Former Virginia Cardinals players and teammates Nathan Kirby (Soph UVA) and Josh Gardiner (Jr Radford) were named first team All-Americans by Perfect Game for their performances this past summer in their respective leagues.  Kirby pitched in the NECBL for the league Champion Keene Swampbats and Gardiner played 2B for the PG League Champions Amsterdam Mohawks.  Great summer for a couple Cardinal Alumni.
Full article and roster can be seen HERE
Article on Kirby being named top prospect in the NECBL by PerfectGame HERE
8.10.13
Gardiner & Kirby lead summer teams to league titles in PG League and NECBL

Josh Gardiner (Radford) had an All-American season for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the PG Collegiate Summer League.  Nathan Kirby (UVA) was not to be out done and added an excpetional year of his own for the Keene SwampBats in the NECBL.  Josh and Nathan were members of the very first Cardinals team and anyone who played along side them is not at all surprised by their successes at Radford and UVA as well as in the summers since.  Josh was featured in the Amsterdam Recorder for his accomplishments and the full article can be see HERE .
Nathan's summer an subsequent top prospect rating can be seen HERE.
7.29.13
Trevillian commits to Liberty

The PG #2 ranked prospect in Virginia has offered his verbal commitment to Liberty University for his college playing days.  Nathan becomes the second Cardinal to join the Flames joining Clay Kernanen who transferred to Liberty after finishing a successful career at FDT in South Carolina.
7.20.13
McKay powers Cardinals to 4-0 weekend at Virginia Tech.

Brad McKay hit 2 homeruns on the weekend and drove in 7 to help lead the Cardinals to a perfect 4-0 weekend in the PTW event at English Field at Virginia Tech.  Other storng performances were turned in by pitchers Thomas Chisam and Chesdin Harrington.
The Cardinals will wrap up their summer this coming weekend at William & Mary in week 2 of the PTW series with 4 games at Plumari Park.
6.23.13
Nicholas Butts Commits to William & Mary.

Nick Butts (2015 Manchester) offered his verbal commitment to the Tribe of WIlliam & Mary.  Nick will join Cardinal alum Brian Lee ('12 Cape Henry Collegiate) and already committed current Cardinals Cullen Large ('14 James River) and Craig McLane ('14 Steward) in Williamsburg
6.20.13
Fitzgerald shows there's no substitute for speed

The Cardinals teams have always been know for their speed and today Tyler Fitzgerald once again showed why.  After racing from one gap to another and leaping to snare a homerun before it could clear the fence to keep the game within reach - Fitzy then stole home on a routine pickoff to 1B to tie the game in the last inning with 2 outs.  Fitzy has made a reputation for himself for his "game-changing speed" and he certainly showed today why it is labeled as such.  Cardinals stay alive in the Dynamic Tournament at Univ of South Carolina with the 3-3 tie in pool play vs the Evoshield Canes 17U club.
6.12.13
Trevillian and Butts shine at PG Jr National

Nathan Trevillian ('15 Amherst) and Nick Butts ('15 Manchester) showed very well in their first National Perfect Game showcases.  Trevillian was up to 91 and struck out 5 batters in 3 perfect innings of work.  Butts went 1-3 at the plate with a game tying double and also worked 2 effective innings on the mound.  Full video of their pitching performances can be seen HERE
Follow up:  Most recent PG Rankings have Trevillian ranked #2 in VIrginia and #35 nationally.  Butts comes in at #7 in Virginia and #300 in the Nation.

5.31.13
Numerous current and former Cardinals rack up Post-Season Honors
HWSA All-American John Booker
All State - Thomas Chisam, Rashad Stewart, Derek Casey, Luke Scherzer, Tyler Allen

All Region - Harry Lee Watson, Nick Butts, Cullen Large, Dane Smith, Peyton Maddox, Nathan Trevillian, Mac Caples,
All District - Tyler Fitzgerald, Brad McKay, Logan Harrelson, AJ Nicely, Mack Krupp, Chesdin Harrington

6.5.13
Maddox leads Amherst to State Semis with walkoff knock!!!!

Peyton Maddox wend 3 for 4 and drove in 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th to lead Amherst County to a 3-2 come from behind win in the elimination game of the State Quarter Finals.  Cardinals and ACHS teammate Nathan Trevillian started on the mound and pitched 3 shutout innings in the effort.

Full Story HERE
5.22.13
Konvicka goes off in BigSouth tournament

Colton Konvicka (Fr. Benedictine) went 5 for 6 with 2 doubles and a triple, scored 4 runs and drove in 2 more in Longwood University's 11-3 elimination win over High Point.  Longwood stays alive in their maiden voyage into the BigSouth tournament.  Full Story on Konvicka's day can be seen HERE
5.22.13
Caples Powers JRHS into Regional birth.
Senior Mac Caples (Va Tech bound) Homered twice and drove in a total of 7 runs in JRHS's 10-0 win over Manchester in the Dominion District semi-finals.  JRHS will face Cosby in the district finals and both teams will advance to the Regionals.  Tomorrow's game will be filthy with Cardinals as JRHS will feature Caples, Cullen Large and harry Lee Watson while Cosby will counter with 3 Cardinals of their own with Tyler Fitzgerald, Brad McKay and Jake Huggins.  Cosby and JRHS have met twice this season with each team winning one so this one is shaping up for bragging rights for the summer.
5.14.13
Virginia Cardinals Featured in Dynamic Baseball

Dynamic Baseball recently featured a profile of the Virginia Cardinals organization and 2013 team on their website.  The write-up can be seen HERE.
5.14.13
Butts grinds out another CG victory and knocks off powerhouse James River
Cardinals shine on both sides.

Once again Nick Butts was able to dig deep when it mattered most and upend the Rapids of James River.   Fellow Cardinals Harry Lee Watson and Cullen Large had good days at the plate off of Butts with both collecting 2 hits each including a pair of doubles (one each) but it wasn't enough.  Butts worked out of a bases loaded jam in the 6th and closed the show in the 7th to secure his 2nd victory of the season over the Rapids who fall to 15-4 on the season.
5.9.13
Allen and Scherzer power Powhatan

Tyler Allen hit 2 grand slams and Luke Scherzer added a HR and a bases clearing double to drive in 13 runs between them in a 15-3 win over district opponent Western Albermarle.  Allen (UVA) and Scherzer (Va Tech) were the core of the Powhatan HS team that won the AA State Title last season and were the center of the Cardinals lineup (along with Mac Caples, Va Tech - JRHS) for the 2011, 2012 summers. 
5.3.13
Caples epic balst goes for naught

Cardinals alum and Va Tech commit Mac Caples hit what many witnesses consider to be the farthest home run in the 30 year history of Douglas Freeman HS on Friday night.  Unfortunately for the #1 ranked Rapid of James River it was not enough to hold off the #2 ranked Rebels.  Fortunately for us there is video of the blast.  See it HERE
5.8.13
Kirby continues to learn the ropes at UVA

Nice article on Nathan Kirby and his freshman year at UVA.  Click HERE


5.2.13
Chisam Unhittable vs Peninsula Catholic

Virginia Cardinal LHP Thomas Chisam (So. Walsingham Academy) tossed a CG no hitter while striking out 14 and walking only 2 in a 6-0 win over Peninsula Catholic on Thursday.  Thomas was very effescient in the effort, throwing a mere 72 pitches in the 7 inning CG. Chisam also doubled and drove in 2 runs in the conference win.
4.29.13
Randolph Macon College wins ODAC - Cardinals major contributors

Congrats to Ray Hedrick and the RMC Yellow Jackets on their ODAC championship. Virginia Cardinals alumni Tanner Phillips, Daniel Byrd and coaches Chris Anderson and Jon Witt making us proud!!!
Full story HERE
4.26.13
Alex Mait named 1st team All-ODAC

Va Cardinals assistant coach Alex Mait has been named 1st team All-ODAC as a catcher.  Alex batted .323 this season with 2 HR and had a perfect 1.000 fielding pct behind the plate.  Alex has served as the Cardinals 1B coach and assistant to Coach Graham each of the last 2 seasons and has been a very valuable and influencial complnent of the Cardinals success over that time.  Alex has always been an extremely accomplished student and will be continuing onto grad school at UVA to further his academic achievements at SEAS (engeineering).  We have been very fortunate to have Alex involved with the program and will be proud to follow his continued success in life.

4.19.13 & 4.23.13

Konvicka leads Longwood to victory again, and again.


Sunday - Colton Konvicka (Fr. Benedictine) drove in the winning run in Longwood's 2-1 victory in BigSouth Conference play against Gardner-Webb.  Konvicka is batting in the leadoff spot and has raised his average to a team leading .314 on the season as he continues to make his case for Big South Freshman of the year.  Full game recap HERE


Then, on Tuesday Konvicka drove in 2 (including the game winner) scored another and stole 3 bases in Longwood's 4-3 win over George Mason.  Fellow Cardinal alum Joe Manion (Fr. Powhatan) pitched 1.2 innings of relief for the win giving Joe his 2nd win on the season.  Konvicka now leads the Lancers with a .316 batting average and also leads the team in steals (11) and fielding pct (a perfect 1.000 in 85 chances)

4.19.13
Trevillian Gets some worthy recognition

VirginiaPreps had a nice feature on Cardinals RHP Nathan Trevillian.
You can see a copy of the article HERE
4.12.13
Keranen to matriculate to Liberty University

Clay Keranen (Courtlnad '12) has recently committed to continue his college baseball career when he accepted an offer from Liberty University.  Clay has spent the last 2 seasons as the strating shortstop at Florence Darlington Tech in South Carolina.  Clay will now oppose his Cardinal doubleplay partner Josh Gardinar each year in BigSouth competition when Liberty faces off with Radford for bragging rights.  Full recruiting class and press release HERE
4.11.13
Nick Butts plays role of Giant Killer

Nick Butts (2015., Manchester) continues to make his way through the Dominion District as he fired a complete game 4 hitter to upend previously unbeaten and #1 ranked James River.  Butts struck out 11 and also went 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI in the 5-1 win.
4.10.13
Trevillian tosses No-Hitter

Cardinal RHP (2015., Amherst County) Nathan Trevillian tossed a CG No-Hitter against Brookville this week.  Nathan struck out 15 batters in the effort and remained perfect on the year lifting his 2013 record to 3-0 with one save.
4.7.13
Gardiner and Bridgeman lead Radford to sweep over conference foe Winthrop

Josh Gardiner (soph, Eastern View) delivered a two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth to give Radford its first lead of the day and then stole home to provide an insurance run as the Highlanders swept a three-game series from Winthrop, 7-5. It was the seventh consecutive win for RU.
Daniel Bridgeman (Fr., Dinwiddie) improved his record to 3-1 after he worked 2.0 innings of scoreless relief to earn his third victory of the season.  Full Article HERE.
4.2.2013
Former Cardinal Kirby and 3 other UVA arms combine to 1-hit Liberty


Nathan Kirby (Fr., Midlothian, Va.) fanned a career-best six batters in 3 1/3 hitless innings of relief.  Nathan and 3 other Virginia pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout as the fourth-ranked Cavaliers' baseball team picked up a 2-0 road win over Liberty Tuesday evening in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,543 at the new Liberty Baseball Stadium. Virginia (26-3) recorded its NCAA-best seventh shutout of the season.  For the full story click HERE

Nathan now has 23 K's against only 5 BB in 18  innings on the season.  He has appeared in 11 games so far in his freshman campaign for the #4 ranked UVA Cavaliers.
3.29.13
Numerous Cardinals having HOT springs - in spite of the cold weather

Current Cardinals Harry Lee Watson and Cullen Large went a combined 10-14 on the week for JRHS in their 2 wins.    Cardinal alumni and Hanover's Derek Casey dominated in his first appearance of the spring striking out 13 batters over 5 innings.  Amherst County products Nathan Trevilian and Peyton Maddox are having huge impacts for the Lancers - Trevillian is 2-0 with a save and is averaging 13 k's per game while Maddox slugged .667 on the week (4-6) to pace the offense and raise his average on the season to over .500.  Chase McPherson tossed 6 shutout innings and struck out 9 vs Eric Crain's Deep Run Wildcats in his season debut but JR Tucker allowed 6 runs once Chase left and lost 6-4.  Steward's Craig McLane continues to perform as he went 2-3 with 2 RBI in a big rivalry win over Benedictine



3.27.13
Virginia Cardinal alumnus Colton Konvicka was named Longwood University's Athlete of the Week!

Longwood University freshman baseball center fielder Colton Konvicka/Richmond is this week’s Longwood Male Athlete of the Week.  He started six games last week, hitting .280 with one home run, one double, three RBI and three runs while also perfect in the field with 14 chances, including three assists.  Konvicka hit safely in 5-6 games, including his first collegiate home run against VMI on March 23, a two-run shot to left field that helped the Lancers to a 4-3 home win. .......Full Article can be seen HERE
3.22.13
Numerous Cardinal Alumni are having strong springs for their respective colleges.


After a little more than a month into the college baseball season a number of Cardinal Alumni are posting very strong springs.  Josh Gardiner (soph) is batting .325 and is pacing the Radford offense with 18 Runs scored and 8 Stolen bases out of the leadoff hole.  Fellow Highlanders Daniel Bridgeman and Shane Johnsonbaugh (frosh) have carved out significant roles in Radford's lineups as well Bridgeman is sporting a 3.86 ERA in 8 appearances while Johnsonbaugh is batting .281 while playing in 14 of RU's 22 games so far.  Colton Konvicka (frosh) has overcome some early season injuries and locked down the leadoff spot in the Longwood lineup.  Brendan Jones (soph) has been hot all season for UMW and is batting .353 while leading the team with 5 SB.  Will Brown (soph) is sporting a microscopic 1.80 era while leading Georgetown in wins with his 3-0 record.  Hotlinks to all of our Cardinal alumni can be found by visiting our Player Matriculation link on the toolbar.


3.13.13
Butts fires CG shutout in opener

Nick butts fired a CG 3 hit shutout with 10 K's vs Monacan HS in the Manchester HS opener.  Nick is a 2015 utility player for the Cardinals who saw significant time at 2B and in the outfield in the fall of 2013 in addition to being a steady presence on the mound.  2013 promises big things for Nick as well as the rest of the Cardinal underclassmen.

3.13.13

2 More Cardinals notch their 1st collegiate wins


Joe Manion fired 6 innings against Norfolk St and Daniel Byrd matched that effort with 6 of his own against Hampden-Sydney.  Both pitchers allowed only one run over the 6 innings with Manion striking out 6 and Byrd fanning 3.  Great Job Fellas!

3.7.2013
Brown Leads Georgetown to victory
Virginia Cardinal Alumni Will Brown fires 4 shutout innings of relief to get the win for Georgetown over Maine.  You can see the article
HERE

3.5.13
K
onvicka records his first collegiate hit, run and RBI to pace LU over Towson 3-2
Va Cardinals Alumni Colton Konvicka returned to action for the Longwood Lancers on March 5th.  Colton had been nursing an injured elbow but his return was instrumental in getting the Lancers back to the .500 mark early in the 2013 campaign.  The speedy CF tripled and scored while also driving in a run on his 2 for 4 day to help Longwood edge Towson 3-2.

Colton continued to be a factor for the Lancers as he two hits and two RBI in the nightcap of the doubleheader this past weekend (3/9/13), including the game-winning RBI double with two outs in the seventh inning, to lead Longwood University to a 4-3 victory against Canisius College
Cardinal Alumni notch their first College hits and wins

Former Cardinals Nathan Kirby (UVA) and Daniel Bridgeman (RU) both notched their fist collegiate wins on Sunday Feb 24.  Kirby helped UVA beat Toledo and Bridgeman racked up the final win for Radford in their sweep of Kennesaw State. Brian Lee (W&M) stroked a double to right in action against Sienna for his first collegiate hit.


Josh Gardiner is looking to continue his success at Radford University.  The Highlander's pre-season look tabbs Josh as the returning starter at 2B and a main cog in their lineup.  You can see the write up
HERE
Cardinals Stack Captains' Recruiting Class!
December 19, 2012

Congratulations to John Booker, Jaxn Lane, A.J. Nicely and Austin Powell, all of whom committed at once to attend Christopher Newport University and play for the Captains next year!

Booker, a home schooled player, is able to pitch or play offensively at any number of positions.  Nicely, from Cosby High School, is an outfielder, while Lane and Powell are the left/right one-two punch on the mound for Manchester High School.

McLane Heads to William & Mary!
November 8, 2012

Congratulations to 2014 outfielder Craig McLane of The Steward School, on his commitment to William & Mary!

After joining the Cardinals for the fall and for next year, Craig had an outstanding fall season, providing the team with a quintessential leadoff man while saving many runs with his tremendous range in center field. Craig joins teammate Cullen Large as cornerstones of the Tribe's 2014 recruiting class.


Bickford Joins Thundering Herd!
September 12, 2012

Congratulations to Cosby High School RHP Ryan Bickford, who has committed to play collegiately at Marshall University!
The Thundering Herd belongs to the highly competitive Conference USA. From Huntington, WV, Bickford's collegiate travels will take him to such opponents as East Carolina, Tulane, and Rice Universities. Bickford may ultimately become our biggest "frequent flier" among Cardinals alumni!



Large Commits to the Tribe!
August 3, 2012

Congratulations to 2014 shortstop Cullen Large of James River High School, on his commitment to William & Mary!

Cullen had a very strong summer sparked by his successful conversion to switch hitting. Cullen joins 2012 Cardinals alumnus Brian Lee as middle infielders who will don the green and gold for their collegiate careers.


McKay Headed to JMU!
July 18, 2012

Brad McKay, 2014 Cosby infielder, has committed to attend James Madison University and to play for the Dukes!
McKay becomes the first Cardinals player to commit to JMU. Congratulations to our ground breaker in Harrisonburg!


Fitzgerald to join Hokies
July 11, 2012

During the team's recent trip to East Cobb, Georgia, Cosby High's 2014 outfielder Tyler Fitzgerald joined the parade of Cardinals who have committed to Virginia Tech!  A multi-sport athlete, Fitzgerald started the spring on Cosby's JV squad, but advanced to the varsity as the season progressed, then took over as the starting center fielder and leadoff man. With the Cardinals this summer, Tyler has hit very well and been practically impossible to stop on the bases.
Tyler joins fellow Cardinals Kit Scheetz (2012), Mac Caples, Luke Scherzer and Mack Krupp (2013's), and recent Cardinals addition Harry Lee Watson (2014) as future Hokies!


Casey Commits to UVA
July 3, 2012

Derek Casey, a 2014 RHP from Hanover High School, has committed to attend the University of Virginia and play for the Cavaliers.
Coming off an outstanding sophomore season at Hanover, Derek drew lots of attention after the Cardinals placed him into Perfect Game's Junior National Showcase, held in early June in the Minneapolis Metrodome. Casey's 90 mph stuff was verified and publicized at the event. Though he had a handful of offers to consider within just a few weeks, Derek is happy to become a Wahoo! Derek joins fellow Cardinals Nathan Kirby and Tyler Carrico from the class of 2012 and Tyler Allen from 2013 in Charlottesville.

Nathan Kirby named Virginia State Player of the Year by ESPN /  Gatorade

Cardinal alum Nathan Kirby (JRHS '12) was recently named the state POY by ESPN.  Nathan was a Cardinal in the 2010 and 2011 summers and had a tremendous senior year for the Rapids of James River High School.  Nathan went 9-1 and batted .397 while leading the Rapids to the State Semi-finals.  Nathan matriculated to the University of Virginia along with fellow Cardinal and JRHS teammate Tyler Carrico.  He will be joined in Charlottesville in 2013 by Cardial Alum Tyler Allen (Powhatan) and in 2014 by Cardinal Alum Derek Casey (Hanover)
Krupp's Commitment Caps Successful Weekend at Tech, Radford
June 17, 2012
Mack Krupp capped off a highly successful weekend for the Cardinals at Virginia Tech and Radford, as the Colonial Heights lefty pitcher committed to the Hokies!
Krupp has had 3 appearances thus far this summer and has yet to allow a hit. In 6 innings, he has struck out 14 batters. Krupp selected Virginia Tech from a number of opportunities before him. In doing so, he joins 2012 LHP Kit Scheetz and fellow 2013's Mac Caples and Luke Scherzer as Cardinals heading to Blacksburg to wear the maroon and orange.


Krupp's commitment topped off a weekend in which the Cardinals went unbeaten in four games. A 7-run 6th inning ignited by Marc Jimenez's line shot, bases-clearing double brought the Cardinals from behind in the Sunday finale against the Evoshield Canes 2014 squad. David Markins had 2 hits and 3 RBI to bring his team-leading RBI total to 9, while Luke Scherzer singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in two more. Ryan Bickford, who pitched 2 shutout innings Friday night, added three more shutout innings to get the win on Sunday.

After missing the first weekend due to their participation in the state high school final fours at the AAA and AA levels, Scherzer, Caples and UVA commit Tyler Allen returned to anchor the offense on the weekend. Caples homered twice and Allen once, while each of the trio batted .375 over the four games.
Scherzer Commits to Hokies!
October 31, 2011

A strong showing at this past weekend's "Border Battle" convinced Virginia Tech that they had to have 2013 RHP/IF Luke Scherzer, and Scherzer committed to the Hokies Sunday!

Luke will join Cardinals classmate Mac Caples as cornerstones to Tech's 2013 recruiting class. Along with 2012 LHP Kit Scheetz, that makes three of this year's Cardinals to choose to play for Coach Pete Hughes in Blacksburg.

With more recruiting action still going on, so far 12 of the players on this year's roster have committed to Division I schools, including 6 to ACC schools (Tech and UVA).


Caples to Join Hokies!
September 20, 2011

Mac Caples, a junior third baseman from James River High School, committed Tuesday to attend Virginia Tech and play for the Hokies!

One of the state's top underclassmen, Caples will join 2012 Cardinals and James River teammate Kit Scheetz when he gets to Blacksburg in the fall of 2013!


Powhatan 2012 LHP Joe Manion committed today to play for the Longwood Lancers

July 19, 2012

Manion joins fellow 2012 Cardinals alumni Collin Lawless and Colton Konvicka in the Lancers' incoming freshman class. That trio will also join 2011 Cardinals alum Joey Varaksa, a rising sophomore, as teammates during Longwood's inaugural year as a member of the Big South conference.
Manion had previously accepted a roster spot at the University of Massachusetts, but the nature of that agreement left open to him the right to change his plans if he wished.


Cardinals Dominate All Metro Team
July 14, 2012
The Richmond Times-Dispatch's recently named All Metro baseball team had a decidedly red-and-navy look about it.

James River 2012 LHP and UVA commit Nathan Kirby was named Metro Player of the Year. Joining him on the All Metro first team were Benedictine 2012 OF and Longwood commit Colton Konvicka, Powhatan 2013 OF and UVA commit Tyler Allen, and James River 2013 3B and Virginia Tech commit Mac Caples. Four of the ten first team All Metro picks were Cardinals.

On the All Metro second team, Dinwiddie 2012 RHP/1B and Radford commit Daniel Bridgeman and Powhatan 2012 LHP and University of Massachusetts commit Joe Manion were joined by James River 2014 OF and Virginia Tech commit Harry Lee Watson.

Cardinals Players Lead Powhatan to AA State Title!
June 9, 2012
Jefferson District Player of the Year Joe Manion allowed only one run into the 6th inning, and Tanner Phillips closed out a 4-1 victory over Brookville in the AA state championship game held at Radford University.

Tyler Allen had the game-winning hit, a tie-breaking RBI double high off the wall in center field, in the semifinal game against Cave Spring on Friday as Powhatan advanced, 4-3. Luke Scherzer joined Allen in anchoring Powhatan's offense all season.
Congratulations to these four current and alumni members of the Virginia Cardinals on their success for the Indians!
Congratulations to Our Cardinals Seniors!
July 19, 2012
Even though the Cardinals have only been in existence for 2 years, they have achieved one record that no other travel program can match.

Our inaugural class of 2011 included 9 players, 4 of whom committed to Division I programs (Radford, VMI, Georgetown and Longwood); 2 of whom committed to Division III programs (Hampden-Sydney and Mary Washington); 2 of whom committed to junior colleges (Pitt and Florence-Darlington Tech); and 1 of whom committed to NAIA UVA-Wise.

The Cardinals class of 2012 includes 13 players, 11 of whom committed to Division I programs, while 2 chose a Division III school over Division I offers. Congratulations to these Cardinals alumni, who have set the bar high for those who will come after them:

Committed to Davidson, Aaron Tovsky of T.C. Williams;
Committed to Longwood, Colton Konvicka of Benedictine, Collin Lawless of James River, and Joe Manion of Powhatan;
Committed to Radford, Daniel Bridgeman of Dinwiddie, Nykolai Ellis of Grassfield and Shane Johnsonbaugh of Western Branch;
Committed to Randolph-Macon, Daniel Byrd of Cosby and Tanner Phillips of Powhatan;
Committed to the University of Virginia, Tyler Carrico and Nathan Kirby, both of James River;
Committed to Virginia Tech, Kit Scheetz of James River; and
Committed to William & Mary, Brian Lee of Cape Henry Collegiate.

After two years, with 22 players graduating from the Cardinals program, every single one of them have found a collegiate baseball home and not one player has been left behind. No other travel baseball program can match this record of achievement!



Konvicka Heading to Longwood

April 21, 2012
Benedictine CF Colton Konvicka committed today to the Longwood Lancers!

At Longwood, Colton will join classmate and long time travel teammate Collin Lawless in the recruiting class. The pair will also be reunited with current Lancer Joey Varaksa, a member of the Cardinals' inaugural class of 2011.
Congratulations to Colton on his choice!



 Cardinals Alumni Continue to Make Impact With College Teams
March 31, 2012
The Virginia Cardinals inaugural class of 2011, nine members in all, have begun to make an impact in collegiate baseball as their freshman seasons are under way.

Pitchers Will Brown and Garrett Birnbaum have already cracked the starting rotations at Georgetown and Hampden-Sydney, respectively. Brown got his first collegiate win with a five-inning, one run performance against St. Bonaventure on March 4 and then backed it up with a 7 inning 1 run outing vs Yale on March 9. Through March, he is 1-1 with a 5.04 ERA. Josh Gardiner served as Radford's starting DH for the Highlanders' opening weekend of play, then took over at second base, remaining in the starting lineup for all games to date. As of April 11 Josh was batting .282 with 7 stolen bases for the Highlanders. Gary LeClair is batting .287, had an 8-game hitting streak at one point and has claimed a starting outfield spot at VMI. Gary also leads the Keydets with 8 stolen bases on the year. Mary Washington's Brendan Jones has won the job as the team's center fielder, starting 3/4 of the Eagles' games and batting .233 with a perfect 1.000 fielding pct thus far. At Longwood, Joey Varaksa's versatility got him into the lineup early, at second base, shortstop, all three outfield positions. Lately, Joey has emerged as the team's top catcher. Always in the starting lineup somewhere, Joey is batting a solid .298 while holding an impressive .991 fielding pct. UVA-Wise reliever R.W. Payne has made six appearances thus far, with a solid 4.05 ERA. Florence-Darlington Tech's Clay Keranen has started 30 of 35 games for FDT at SS and is batting .273. Also worth noting - Cardinals Assistant coach Alex Mait has slugged his way into the middle of the Washington & Lee batting order with a robust .351 average through the Triton's first 28 games.


Kirby, Scheetz Head Preseason All-Americans from VA

February 10, 2012
Only three Virginia high school players made it onto this year's Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American list, and two of them are Virginia Cardinals!

Congratulations to Nathan Kirby and Kit Scheetz, both left-handed pitchers and both members of the class of 2012 at James River High School.

Kirby is signed to continue playing collegiately at the University of Virginia. Scheetz will move on to in-state and ACC rival Virginia Tech after graduation in June.



Phillips Will Also Be a Yellow Jacket!
January 5, 2012
Powhatan 2012 RHP Tanner Phillips committed today to attend Randolph-Macon College and play for the Yellow Jackets. Tanner will join Cardinals teammate Daniel Byrd as freshman hurlers in Ashland next year!

Like Byrd, Phillips pitched for the Cardinals in both 2010 and 2011. Colleges' interest in Phillips took off after he lowered his arm slot to enhance the movement on his fastball and his slider.

Byrd to Pitch for Yellow Jackets!
November 22, 2011
Daniel Byrd, 2012 RHP from Cosby High School, committed today to attend Randolph-Macon College and play for the Yellow Jackets!

Daniel will join former Cardinals assistant coach Chris Anderson, who is now a part of RMC's coaching staff.

Congratulations to Daniel!


Davidson Wildcats Welcome Tovsky!
September 19, 2011

The Davidson Wildcats have earned the commitment of Cardinals 3B/1B Aaron Tovsky, of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.

Congratulations to Aaron on finding a home at one of the nation's top schools for a true scholar-athlete!



Cardinals Sweep Field & Win Triple Crown National Championship
July 26, 2011
The Virginia Cardinals dispatched seven consecutive opponents to win the Triple Crown National 17u Championship held in central Virginia from June 22-26.

Playing in extreme heat, the Cardinals shut out two opponents on June 22, then battled to a third win Saturday morning to become one of only two teams in the tourney field to make the playoff rounds undefeated.

In Sunday morning's "sweet 16" game, Joe Manion hurled a complete game victory for the Cardinals, who then also won their quarterfinal game behind a strong start from Mack Krupp and an offensive outburst.

After a day off, the Cardinals advanced to the "final four" day at the University of Richmond. This time it was Kit Scheetz's turn to throw a complete game, and with Collin Lawless driving in all the team's runs, the Cardinals defeated the Richmond Braves, 4-1. In the finale, Daniel Bridgeman carried a no-hitter through five, and Mack Krupp finished up a shutout for the title. Colton Konvicka's deep RBI triple broke the Cardinals out in front in the first, and Josh Gardiner's 2-RBI hit capped off a 5-0 victory.


Lee Joins the Tribe!
July 15, 2011
Cape Henry Collegiate middle infielder Brian Lee committed to William & Mary Thursday, at the conclusion of the Cardinals' play at Perfect Game's World Wood Bat Association 17u tournament in Georgia. Congratulations to Brian!
Cardinals' inaugural class of 2011 is now 9-for-9 in players being placed with collegiate programs!
The recap is as follows:

Garrett Birnbaum, Hampden-Sydney
Will Brown, Georgetown
Josh Gardiner, Radford
Brendan Jones, Mary Washington
Clay Keranen, Florence-Darlington Tech
Gary LeClair, Jr., VMI
R.W. Payne, UVA-Wise
Kurt Taylor, Pitt Community College
Joey Varaksa, Longwood

Two Tylers Join Commitment Parade!
July 2, 2011
James River RHP Tyler Carrico finished up 3 shutout, 1-hit innings with 5 K's Saturday, and then accepted an offer from the University of Virginia to play for the vaunted Cavaliers baseball program.

Just a few hours later, Powhatan OF Tyler Allen finished his tournament with a 2-hit game, then also shook hands with UVA head coach Brian O'Connor to become the foundation of UVA's incoming 2013 class.

Congratulations to both our Tylers, who will join Cardinals teammate Nate Kirby (2012) in Charlottesville for their futures in college baseball!



Scheetz to Pitch for the Hokies!
June 29, 2011
Congratulations to Kit Scheetz, a lefty pitcher coming off a first-team All Central Region season for state semifinalist James River, who committed on June 29 to attend Virginia Tech and play for the Hokies!

Radford Gets Bridgeman, Ellis AND Johnsonbaugh!!!
June 26, 2011
Congratulations to Shane Johnsonbaugh, Daniel Bridgeman and Nykolai Ellis, who became the first Cardinals players to reach agreements with a collegiate baseball program during our summer season when they all accepted offers from Radford on June 26.

Johnsonbaugh is a standout outfielder/pitcher from Western Branch High School in Chesapeake. Bridgemann is an All-State honoree who is a pitcher/first baseman from Dinwiddie. Ellis is possibly THE premier defensive catcher in the Commonwealth of Virginia out of Grassfield High School. All 3 will get to play for the Highlanders alongside former Cardinals player Josh Gardiner, who is an entering freshman there this year.

In the Cardinals' 2012 class, the Radford-bound trio join LHP Nate Kirby as players who've already settled their collegiate plans. Kirby shook hands with UVA last fall.


Josh Gardiner, All-American!
June 21, 2011
Congratulations to Josh Gardiner on his selection as a Louisville Slugger All-American! Josh is one of only four Virginians on this year's national list.

A recent graduate of Eastern View High School in Culpeper, Josh was a member of our inaugural class of Virginia Cardinals players, and our first player to earn a scholarship baseball opportunity through the Cardinals program. Josh will attend Radford starting in the fall, where he will no doubt help push the Highlanders to the top of the Big South!