Sterling, Va. — Dominion High School senior Dylan Weber has made a verbal commitment to continue his academic and baseball career at Christopher Newport University beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year.
“The first time I visited CNU, I knew I wanted to go there,” Weber said. “The facilities were great, especially for athletics, and the coaches and players were really cool.”
Weber emerged as a dominant force in Loudoun County in 2018, throwing a no-hitter against Loudoun County as well as posting four shutouts. Weber was named first team all-district, second team all-region and an All-LoCo honorable mention for his efforts.
“I wouldn’t pick another pitcher in the district to play defense behind,” Dominion junior outfielder Xavier Ruley said. “The team has an extreme amount of confidence when Dylan is on the mound, because we know he is going to do his job.”
On top of his personal accomplishments, Weber helped Dominion to a 15-7 record in 2018, including a 6-6 mark in the Dulles District.
“Dylan’s leadership is extremely important to our program not only on the field but in the locker room and within our school,” Dominion head coach Jeff Berg said.
The recruitment process was frustrating for Weber. Throughout his baseball career, he dreamed of playing at the Division I level but didn’t receive the interest his coaches had anticipated. However, Weber did receive looks from smaller schools, including Christopher Newport.
“After freshman year, I knew that I wanted to play baseball in college,” Weber said. “I just really enjoyed playing baseball and wanted to play for as long as possible.”
And Weber will get the opportunity to continue playing baseball in Newport News.
In 2018, the Division III Captains finished 35-12 overall and 15-3 in the Capital Athletic Conference. Led by 18-year head coach John Harvell, No. 13 Christopher Newport fell to No. 4 Randolph-Macon in the NCAA South Regional Championship game to end their 2018 campaign.
“The coaches at CNU were really cool as well as the players,” Weber said. “I could definitely see myself playing there.”
But before heading down to Christopher Newport, Weber will play one final season in black and silver.
“There is no doubt he will have left his mark within Titan baseball,” Berg said. “But more importantly, it’s how he has helped the other guys within our program improve around him that will be his legacy.”