Early in the season when the Woodgrove baseball program dismissed 10 of 15 varsity players for violating school policy, the Wolverines had to merge their junior varsity boys with the remaining varsity guys. This formed what amounted to a senior JV team to trot out in the Virginia AA Dulles District.
Despite that presumed downgrade in skill and experience, Woodgrove topped playoff perennial Potomac Falls, 2-0, on Thursday night in the Region II semifinals to earn the third-year program’s first state tournament berth.
It’s enough to make somebody wonder what kind of JV team this would have been.
The Wolverines (16-6), with three varsity players from last year on their current roster, advanced to play at Sherando in the region final at 7 p.m. Friday.
“Two-and-a-half months ago, I remember sitting on a bucket and telling them how we’re going to set goals week by week,” Woodgrove Coach Brad Bauder said. “There’s confidence, and then there’s the true belief. And I think we have the belief right now.”