Not many high school athletes get to have the experience of winning a state championship, for the Walsingham Academy baseball team, almost all of the players don’t know what it is like not to win.  With a 16-5 victory over Carlisle School the Trojans finished their run to their fourth consecutive state title (a streak interrupted by the 2020 season being cancelled). The game ended in the 5th inning via the 10-run rule when Joey Masiak blasted a towering 3-run homerun to walk off the game. The final blow topped off a brilliant offensive showing for the Trojans in the final. Ryan Terrell and Trey Christman both finished 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored.  Luke Harlow went 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s and Sean Sousa went 2 for 3.  Davis Neighbor picked up his school-record 8th win of the season on the mound for Walsingham, going 4 strong innings allowing only 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 8.

The Trojans were equally as dominate in the two playoff games leading up to the finals.  In the semi-finals the offense was led by Ayden Evans who went 2 for 3 with a homerun and 2 RBI’s and Cody Christman who contributed a 3-blast of his own.  Christman’s homer was his school record 10th of the season and a Walsingham career record 15th. Christman also set career marks for RBI’s (109) and runs (112). Will Wyles and Brody Schultz also picked up 2 hits each in the rout.  Masiak was credited with the win for WA going 5 and one-third innings allowing only 1 run and striking out 6 in the Trojans 10-1 drubbing of Kenston Forest. Donnie Evans, in his first appearance on the mound since a shoulder injury in the pre-season, was dominate in relief striking out 4 of the 5 batters he faced in a perfect inning and two-thirds.

In the quarter-finals Walsingham trounced the over-matched Massanutten Military Academy Colonels 16-5. Harlow and Trey Christman each scored 3 runs for the Trojans while Neighbor contributed 3 RBI’s in the win. Jacob Miller-Bopp was dominate on the mound for Walsingham striking out 9 in 3 and two-thirds innings.  With that appearance Miller-Bopp capped an incredible career; setting Trojan career records for games played (136) innings pitched (150 2/3) and pitching wins (19).   Seniors Miller-Bopp, Cody Christman and Donnie Evens also set the career record for wins as a Trojan with an even 100.

Finishing the season with a record of 20-7, including a best ever 8-2 record in the ultra-competitive TCIS, the Trojans were reward with a record 10 VISAA All-State selections. Cody Christman became the fourth Trojan to earn VISAA Player of the Year honors while Miller-Bopp, Trey Christman, Ayden Evans, Luke Harlow, Davis Neighbor, Ryan Terrell and Will Wyles were named to the first team. Joey Masiak and Sean Sousa were named to the second team All-State. These honors were on top of Cody Christman and Trey Christman being named first team All-TCIS and Ayden Evans, Luke Harlow, and Ryan Terrell named second team All-TCIS. 

When asked about his feelings after the game Jacob Miller-Bopp commented, “Number 4 feels good. We just have a good group of guys, and we just keep getting better. I think the program will just keep getting better and better.”  Coach Ian Heisel, who built the Trojan baseball program from being at the bottom of the league to being perennial champions, was named Coach of the Year for the 4th time by VISAA.   Heisel especially wanted to recognize seniors Miller-Bopp, Cody Christman and Donnie Evans, “These seniors are a special group of guys. They’re hard workers, competed all year, were great leaders and set the tone for everything we tried to accomplish.”