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VA/DC Scout Blog: Mountain View at Colonial Forge

John Nolan
VA/DC Managing Editor, NOVA Scouting Coordinator

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Friday night saw a Commonwealth District rivalry game take place as Mountain View traveled to unbeaten Colonial Forge. Both teams went with some of their top arms for the game, as Mountain View started senior Michael Arce (Marymount) and Forge went with junior Zyhir Hope. There were two parts to this game, the early part where Hope and Arce dueled, and then the end when Hope and Arce exited and both offenses exploded.

Both teams traded runs in the first two innings, with both starters driving runs in, Arce in the first for Mountain View and Hope in the second for Forge. Forge then opened up a 3-1 lead that it held until the fifth inning when Mountain View as able to tie it up. The Eagles responded by taking a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth only to see the Wildcats rally for six runs and a 9-4 lead in the top of the sixth. Hope mashed a three-run bomb in the bottom of the sixth to cut the gap to 9-7, but Mountain View added one more in the seventh and Braden Hamilton (UVA-Wise) was able to close it out in the seventh and give Mountain View a come-from-behind 10-7 win.

Hope was 2-4 with a home run and 4 RBIs and struck out 8 in 5 IP. Aidan King was 2-3 and Zach Colangelo (Farleigh Dickinson) was 1-3 with a HBP. For View, Michael Arce (Marymount) struck out 6 in 5 innings and went 4-4 with 2 RBI. Hunter Butler and Hayden Rue each had multi-hit games as well. 


Mountain View





Michael Arce RHP / 1B / Mountain View, VA / 2022





Jordan Ramsey OF / Mountain View, VA / 2023







Colonial Forge 




Cameron Biller RHP / 1B / Colonial Forge, VA / 2024

Biller has a lanky 6-2 frame that has a lot of projection left to it and room to add strength. Short, quick, loose arm action with a lot of velocity upside, ball jumps out of hand and is very heavy. Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with high effort, recoil, and fall off to his delivery. Fastball was 79-81 with downward angle and a bit of late boring action. Curveball had good armspeed and was 66-70 with late hard 11/5 break and some shape. Pitch showed some swing and miss and he showed feel for throwing it.




Zachary Colangelo OF / Colonial Forge , VA / 2023

Colangelo is a Fairleigh Dickinson commit with a lanky very athletic frame with some strength present and a lot of projection left. Hits from the left side, very short very quick level swing, line drive hitter that has a very good approach and uses the whole field. Has feel for the barrel and good hand-eye skills. Very good speed that shows in game, gets bat on ball and lets his speed work. First swing in the video was a hard one-hopper to short that he beat out. His speed is a weapon and his contact skills play into that. Batspeed and projection also suggest their is some gap power that he can grow into.




Zyhir Hope OF / LHP / Colonial Forge, VA / 2023

Hope put on a show during the game, he is 6-0 with an athletic frame that has strength present. He's a very twitchy athlete that hits from the left side with a very short swing. Has a ton of batspeed and a whippy barrel, also showed feel for the barrel finding it consistently during the game. A ton of power present with more to come as he adds extension to his swing, the last swing was a no-doubt home run to dead center. 

On the mound, very short lightning quick arm action, throws from a low three-quarters arm slot with effort to his delivery. Some crossfire in his delivery, lands closed with a hard fall off finish and some recoil. Fastball was 87-88, touching 89 in the first, dropping to 86 in the stretch. He settled into 84-87, touching as high as 89 when needed it in innings 2-4. The pitch has angle and a bit of late armside run and sink. Also threw a curveball that he showed ability to change shapes and speeds on. Pitch ran 67-72 with anywhere from near flat sweep to 1/7 break to it. Showed ability to throw both pitches for strikes and control of both of them. Control got better as game went on and got swing and misses with both pitches when he needed them. Showed a bulldog mentality, had a bases loaded no out situation and found another gear and got a pair of punchouts and a popup to get out of it with no damage. Very high ceiling.






Ethan Renshaw 3B / 2B / Colonial Forge, VA / 2023