Prep Baseball Report

Senior Night: Chesterfield County 1

John Nolan
Virginia Scouting Director & Managing Editor

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Due to the closure of schools, the Class of 2020 did not get a chance to play out their senior seasons and missed the chance at a true Senior Night. We have had the great pleasure of scouting these players their entire careers and wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate them one last time.

A special thanks goes out to the High School Coaches for their assistance in collecting this information. The dedication to their teams and love of their players that they have is evident in the information they have given us.

If you are a coach and have not yet submitted your Senior Night information, please do so here.


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Gavin Burton For the past 5 years, Gavin has been the staple of what a coachable player looks like. From his 8th grade JV season to his senior year, he has played every position on the field. He was projected as the ace of the pitching staff this year. His arsenal features a mid-80's fastball, that can get up into the high 80's, a sweeping slider, and has recently developed a solid changeup. Next year Gavin will continue both his education and baseball career, at Virginia Wesleyan University where he will major in Criminal Justice.
Cooper Grochowaski As the 2018-2019 Coach's Award winner, Cooper was our team's wildcard. To begin the year he was a role player coming off of the bench, but about halfway through the year he got his chance to shine. From there he never looked back, becoming the team's starting second baseman and delivering clutch hits in times we needed him the most. His attitude about not starting, shining when he got his chance, along with his determination to get the job done no matter the situation, unanimously earned him the Coach's Award. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling the season and forcing school to go online, Cooper has already began the next stage of his life working as a lineman for Dominion Energy.
Eddie Kenyon Eddie came into our program through our Engineering Specialty Center. At first he was predominately seen as only a pitcher, but became one of our biggest power bats last season, as the DH in the 5 hole. His senior season was projecting him to play rightfield ad continue to provide pop in the 5 hole. When not playing rightfield, he was projecting to be a staple of the pitching rotation. Kenyon's arsenal features a low to mid-80's 2-seam fastball with good movement, changeup and a curveball. In the fall Eddie will attend Mississippi State University, where he will major in Aerospace Engineering and will try to walk on, or play club ball.
Ethan Thomas Ethan Thomas came into our program as a raw, talented freshman. Throughout the course of his high school career, he got much faster and his fielding skills improved tremendously. Due to an overcrowded outfield of seniors last season, Thomas did not see much playing time. This year he was poised to platoon in the outfield. Thomas's main strengths were his speed, ability to track the ball and catching anything in the air. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ethan was unfortunately unable to showcase his talents.
Sebastian Ziegler As an Engineering Specialty Center kid, Sebastian came in as a freshman on JV as the team's starting catcher. About halfway through the season, he was called up to Varsity. His bat was so hot, we had to find a spot to keep him in the lineup, so he platooned at second base and left field. As a sophomore, he took over the reigns as the program's backstop behind the plate. His game continued to grow last season as a Junior, hitting his first high school home run. Ziegler was projected to have a big senior season, especially providing experience to our pitchers. Next year Sebastian will attend Virginia Military Institute, where he will major in Chemistry.




Bobby Ayscue Bobby's parents are Mary Kay and Wayland Campbell. Bobby was a three year varsity starter and played basketball at Cosby. He was second team All-Region as a junior. Bobby will be attending Mary Washington in the fall to study Cyber Security and Computer Science and will continue his baseball career there in the fall. Awesome kid that worked hard everyday!
Trey Kline Trey's parents are Charles and Kathy. Trey worked hard this past fall to get back in the program this spring as a Varsity player. Trey will be attending John Tyler and looks forward to transfer after two year to study sports management. Trey had a great attitude everyday at practice and was fighting for a starting spot this spring. 
Alex LaRou Alex's parents are Patrick and Jamie. Alex was second team All-Region as a junior and ranked in the top 500 for pitchers in the nation. Alex will be attending Virginia Military Institution in the fall to study Economics and continue his baseball career. Alex is the kid who can have fun but when it’s time to go to work he is dialed in. VMI is getting a good one!
Evan McClaskey Evan's parents are Joe and Erin McClaskey. Three year Varsity Player. Evan will be attending Chowan In the fall to study business and continue his career in baseball. Evan always made practice fun and made sure everyone was in line everyday.
Alex Purgason Alex's parents are Adam and Carrie Purgason. Alex was a two-sport athlete at Cosby playing on the basketball team also. Alex will be attending Mary Washington next year to study business and continue his baseball career there. Alex is an Honor Roll student that gave everything he had everyday at practice with great leadership skills.
Allan Williamson Allan's parents are Don and Kelly Williamson. Earned the Scholar Athlete Award three years on the Varsity team. Allan will be attending Hampton Sydney in the fall to study Chemistry and continue his baseball career. Allan worked hard this past fall to make a big jump this spring with his velocity. Allan took pride in making sure the mound was in the best condition everyday.



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Justin Berger Justin is a solid lefthanded pitcher and has a tremendous work ethic and attitude. He is a steady presence on the mound from the left side. He brings energy and experience to the team. Justin will continue his academic and baseball careers at Mid-Atlantic Christian in the fall.
Ethan Davis Ethan is a versatile athlete. He is one of the top pitchers on the team, as well as a versatile defender. He can play infield or outfield, and is developing into a very solid hitter.
Cross Euresti Cross is an outfielder who can really get to the ball. He shows great discipline at the plate, and is a threat when he's on the bases.
Chris Fredette Chris is going to college as a catcher, he is an extremely fast leadoff hitter that has great instincts in the outfield as well. Chris will continue his baseball and academic careers at Paul D Camp CC in the fall.
Cole Garrett Cole was unanimously voted as a team captain. He was the heart and soul of the team. A natural leader, a great 3-hole hitter, and catcher. Cole will continue his academic and baseball careers at VMI in the fall.
Raphael Rodriguez Raphael is a versatile shortstop who can play outfield. Speed, range and excellent arm defensively and he can hit successfully anywhere in the top half of the line-up. Raphael will continue his academic and baseball careers at Norfolk State.




Brandon Arrowood Brandon's parents are Ashley and Kelley Arrowood. Brandon pitched and played shortstop at Matoaca. Brandon will attend Radford University where he will study Business.
Lucas Carmichael Lucas' parents are Leon and Susanne Carmichael. Lucas was an outfielder for the Warriors and will attend William and Mary where he will continue his baseball career. Lucas plans to study Business.
Marcus Dreher Marcus' parents are Dorothy and Lamar Dreher. Marcus was an outfielder and a pitcher for the Warriors. He will attend Virginia State University where he will play football in the fall and baseball in the spring. Marcus plans to study Health and Physical Education.
Chase Garrett Chase's parents are Wes and Linda Garrett. He played first base and pitched for Matoaca. Chase will attend Virginia Tech where he will study Electrical Engineering.
Bryce Thacker Bryce's parents are Nancy and Charles Thacker. He played third base and pitched during his Matoaca career. Bryce will attend Ferrum College where he will continue his baseball career and study Business Administration Management/Marketing
Troy Whitaker Troy's parents are Sharel and Paul Whitaker. He pitched and played outfield for the Warriors. Troy will attend Radford University where he continue his baseball career. At Radford he plans on studying Cyber Security.
Cason Willingham Cason's parents are Craig and Sherri Willingham. He served in a utility role during his Warrior career. Cason will attend VCU and study Mechanical Engineering.




Christian Chambers Christian's parents are Brad and Brooke Chambers. Christian has been a 3 year starter and was named 1st team all region and 2nd team all state as a junior. Christian will play baseball at JMU next year. 
Hunter Beck Hunter's parents are Bob and Kim Beck. Hunter has been a 4 year starter for us and will attend Virginia Tech in the fall. 
Alex Kyte Alex's parents Ed and Kim. Alex is a 3 year letterman that will play Baseball at Mary Washington next year.
Luke Williamson Luke's parents are Anthony Williamson and Kristen Cherry. Luke would have been a 2 year letterman and will attend John Tyler in the fall.