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Agnos named top ace

Jake Agnos didn't even play on the Battlefield High School varsity as a freshman. He made the varsity his sophomore season, but didn't see the mound much - just six innings pitched for the left-hander of average height.

Two years later, Agnos owns 18 mound victories without a defeat, having rung up 265 strikeouts in 130 innings with an earned-run average barely north of a half-run per game.

As a junior, he struck out 21 batters in a seven-inning game versus Osbourn Park. As a senior, he tossed a no-hitter at eventual state-tournament qualifier Hylton.

On June 27, the Virginia High School League announced Agnos as the Player of the Year for Group 6A, the classification for the largest schools.

"I never would have thought freshman year that this would happen," said Agnos soon after learning the news from his parents Niko and Lee.

He entered high school at 5-foot-2 and leaves a bit less than 6-foot, but with a strong left arm worthy of an athletic scholarship to East Carolina University.

Battlefield pitcher Jake Agnos was named the VHSL Group 6A Player of the Year. Times photo.

That arm was strengthened from thousands of throws at Long Park, one of the ballfields of his youth, with Niko and older brother John, a former Bobcat.

"It takes a lot more than just being tall," Agnos said. "I've always wanted to get better, use everything as motivation. Everything's a competition to me."

He owes much of his rise to the fervent support of his maternal grandfather, George Miller, who played professionally in the Washington Senators' and Minnesota Twins' farm systems in the 1960s.

"He lives in Richmond now but he drives to every game I'm pitching," said Agnos of his grandfather, who makes a habit of embracing his grandson after every game.

"He gets emotional about it because he sees the opportunity I've got. His one goal for me is to do what he never did and make it to the big leagues," said the Group 6A Player of the Year, currently settling in at his new collegiate home.

"Seeing him gives me that extra motivation about what I'm working for."

In addition to his Player of the Year honor, Agnos earned a nod on the VHSL's Group 6A all-state first team, as did teammate Brent Boggs, a junior outfielder.

Osbourn Park senior outfielder Justin Brown and Hylton senior shortstop Fox Semones earned first-team all-state recognition.

Semones picked up a second-team honor in the utility position, while Forest Park senior catcher Andrew Webb was named second-team all-state.

2016 VSHL Group 6A All-State Baseball Team
First Team
Position Name School Year
Pitcher Jake Agnos Battlefield Sr.
Pitcher Garrett Stallings Grassfield Sr.
Pitcher Wade Strain Lake Braddock Sr.
Catcher Logan Driscoll Lake Braddock Sr.
1st Base Christian Hague Cosby Sr.
2nd Base Logan Barker Colonial Forge Jr.
3rd Base Andrew Suppa Robinson Sr.
Shortstop Fox Semones CD Hylton Sr.
Outfielder Jared Enders Chantilly Sr.
Outfielder Brent Boggs Battlefield Jr.
Outfielder Rufus Hurdle West. Branch Jr.
Outfielder Justin Brown Osbourn Park Sr.
DH Chase Counts Ocean Lakes Sr.
Utility Jared DiCesare Chantilly Sr.
Player of the Year: Jake Agnos, Battlefield
Coach of the Year: Tim Lowery, Cosby

Prince William Players on Second Team
Catcher Andrew Webb Forest Park Sr.
Utility Fox Semones CD Hylton Sr.
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