VA/DC Scout Blog: Woodson at Lake Braddock 6/8

John Nolan
Virginia Scouting Director & Managing Editor

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On Tuesday afternoon, Woodson and Lake Braddock played the Patriot District Championship game on a hot, sunny, June day. Both teams had locked up spots in the Region 6C Tournament, this game was for the District title and to earn a bye in the Region Tournament. Woodson started sophomore righty Ben Smallwood and Braddock went with senior righty Ryan Cuadros (College of Charleston).

Cuadros worked a scoreless top of the first and then the Braddock bats came out on fire in the bottom of the first. Max Jensen (Cornell) and Michael Weidinger (William & Mary) singled in front of a Cuadros RBI double. Then Andrew Schaeb (George Mason) launched a mammoth 3-run home run to left to make the score 4-0 after 4 hitters. 

Smallwood settled in after the home run and matched Cuadros' zeroes through four innings as Braddock still led 4-0 at that point in the game. The Bruins added another run in the fifth on a Cuadros RBI single, making it 5-0. Woodson was able to get two runs in the sixth to put some pressure on Braddock, but junior JB Manarchuck was able to limit the damage in the sixth and work a quiet seventh inning to lock up the win and the Patriot District Championship for Lake Braddock, with a final score of 5-2.

Cuadros was the winning pitcher, going 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 5 K, 1 BB while also going 2-3 with a 2B and 2 RBI at the plate. Schaeb was 2-2 with a 2B, HR, 3 RBIs, and a BB. Manarchuck went 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB in earning the save. For Woodson, Smallwood's total line was 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 K, 2 BB, but after the first 4 hitters of the game he was 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 K, 2 BB. Anthony Meaders was 1-3 with and RBI.







Ben Smallwood RHP / OF / WT Woodson, VA / 2023

Smallwood is 6-1 with an athletic frame that has some strength present. Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with a short loose arm action and normal effort to his delivery. Straight on line delivery, shoulders level and on line, lands on line, fall of finish with some recoil. Fastball was 80-82, touching 84, pitch showed a bit of late armside run and he generates some downward angle with it. Curveball was 72-74 with good armspeed and gradual 11/5 break, showed some shape and should sharpen as he develops. Change-up was 69-72 with some armspeed and fade. Showed a little cut/slider thing was 78 with a bit of late 10/4 life to it. Showed control of all four pitches and the ability to move them around the strike zone and use them in any count. Also did a good job of staying focused and battling after allowing four runs to the first four hitters of the game and shutting down Braddock's offense afterward. Shows some pitchability and feel for changing speeds. 





Lake Braddock





Ryan Cuadros OF / RHP / Lake Braddock, VA / 2021




Andrew Schaeb LHP / 1B / Lake Braddock, VA / 2021




JB Manarchuck RHP / Lake Braddock, VA / 2022

Manarchuck is 6-3 with a lankier athletic projectable frame. Plenty of room to add strength, has long limbs too. Throws from a three-quarters arm slot, long loose pretty quick arm action with easier effort. Creates a little deception with some crossfire in his delivery, lands closed with a fall off finish. Fastball was 81-83, gets some heavy late armside run that also has depth to it. Threw one curveball that was 70 with good armspeed and 10/4 break. Strike thrower, filled the zone up, didn't show command within the zone yet. Has a chance to make a velocity jump.


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