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Friday, August 24
|Pretty good game; Pretty good Series|
It helps if you have been here before. After the first two games of this Championship Series, it was not only that the Arlington Mallards had the defending DC Wood Champion Falls Church Barons down 2-0; it was also the decisive way they had done it. In the first game, the Barons were up 4-1 with two outs in the ninth inning, one out from taking this Championship Series opener when the Mallards offense suddenly started whacking the ball around, scored 4 runs, took a one run lead and closed out a depression inducing first game loss for the Barons. The second game was a 10-3 blow out in which the Barons were never really competitive. What did the Barons’ GM, Rafael Martinez have to say then? “The Mallards are a great team! They really have some hard throwers on the mound, great defense and they can really hit!” Yet, somehow, strangely, as the teams came out for game three, the pressure seemed to be on the Mallards. The Barons just showed up, got behind some veteran pitching, hit just enough, played just enough defense and got themselves a 3-1 win to stave off the Series loss for just one day. Then, in game four, they got out fast on offense to take a first inning lead and got another quality veteran pitching job. But the Mallards kept playing. By the end of nine innings the game was tied. The Barons got a clutch hit to take a one run lead in the 10th. When that lead held the series had evened up.
For game 5, the Barons sent their ace, McClure to the mound. He was rudely greeted by the determined Mallards, and the Barrons were down 2-0 before they could send a player to the plate in the first inning. When they did, however, it was clear that they were equally determined. Barnes sent the first pitch of the bottom half of the inning over the right field fence! Then, before the first inning was complete, the Barons’ McEnhimer smacked a two-run home run to dead center to give the Barons the final lead of this series. The Barons added 4 runs in the third inning, highlighted by a Glaser bloop single that drove in 2. The Mallards did not feel this ball game was over yet, however, and in the top of the fifth, the Mallards they got two runs to cut the lead to 7-4. But in the bottom of the sixth Shoenfeld's infield single drove in a runner from third. In the seventh, the Barons’ Ortiz sent a ball over the fence and way past the tree line in left centerfield, giving the Barons a their final 9-4 lead. The Barons’ McClure, who pitched well after surviving the first inning trouble, was dead tired as he took the mound in the ninth to finish his job, and the still game Mallards got runners to first and second with one out. But when McClure got a big strikeout and an easy ground ball back to himself he was able to record the final out and complete the Barons’ fantastic comeback series win. This victory gives the Barons their 5th consecutive D.C. Wood Title and cements their legacy as one of the best local adult baseball teams of the decade! This is also the Barons 7th overall title. Caylor, Nelson, and Martinez have been a part of all 7! Congratulations to the Barons on their latest win and their tradition of excellence!
The weather could not have been better.
Wednesday, August 22
|Rain? Who would have guessed?|
It seems sort of fitting that tonight's final Championship game is cancelled due to rain and wet field. This will be re-set for Thursday, 7:45pm, Hayfield HS.
Not too hot. Not too chilly. No rain. It was a beautiful summer afternoon as the Falls Church Barons and the Arlington Mallards played their fourth game of this Championship Series. The Barons sent another veteran, Scott Nelson to the mound to try to extend the series to a fifth game. The Mallards countered with Dan O'Donnell, who was coming off a CG win in the first game of this series, for their effort to close out this Series. But, in the first inning, after the Barons Barnes led off with a triple and scored on a Schoenfeld single, and Schoenfeld later scored on a groundball to the right side of the infield, the Barons had a two run lead before the Mallards had a chance to bat. The Mallards threatened in the bottom of the second, getting runners on first and second with one out. Then what appeared to be a routine groundball to first became a problem that allowed the runner on second to score and the runner on first to to scamper to third. The next pitch was hit for a deep Sac Fly to right that brought in the tying run. That ended the afternoon’s scoring for both sides through 9 innings as O'Donnell and Nelson were efficient and effective. With nothing decided after regulation, The Barons’ Taran reached first to start the first inning of free baseball. Two outs later Taran had made his way to 3rd base when Barnes, who started the Barons’ scoring in the first inning came to the plate and fouled off enough pitches to get two strikes. However, when Barnes then sent a hard ground ball straight up the middle into center field to drive in Taran he gave the Barons the lead again. Barons sent reliever, McClure to close it out in the bottom of the 10th. After one quick out, the Mallards got runners on first and second, but that was as close as they got to home as McClure settled down, secured the last two outs of the game and put the Barons into the winner take all game 5 on Tuesday. Barons 3, Mallards 2.
It didn't rain, but the overcast muggy atmosphere and intense heat left no one dry today. Game three of this Championship Series between the defending Champion Falls Church Barons and the Arlington Mallards did not end the best three out of five Series because the Mallards could not close it out dispite some very fine pitching. The Barons scored 2 runs over the first three innings, but thereafter Mallards' reliever Brady rendered them hitless. But those two were enough because the Mallards could only get one. A Mallard's leadoff double in the second inning led to a score, but no other Mallard touched the plate this afternoon. Barons starter, Ryan, turned back the clock yet again. He tossed all 9 inninngs (in front of his "little" cheering section) while registering 10 strike-outs. That was the game today - pitching, with one exception. In the eighth the Barons' Barnes created some extraneous offense entertainment when he walked, stole second, stole third and then scored on an error. The game's total offense was 8 hits, four for each team. Barons 3, Mallards 1.
Tomorrow at 2:30pm the Mallards will try again to close this out and the Barons will seek another day of life for their repeat hope.
The Arlington Mallards’ Gus Gill was this night’s star. He pitched a complete game, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while posting 13 strike-outs. Gill was not content to pitch his way to this victory. At bat, he reached base 4 times, and smacked a home run in the eighth inning.
The Mallards took a 2-1 first inning lead against the defending Champion Falls Church Barons, and they never relinquished that lead. The Barons could just not quite finish innings either on offense or defense tonight. While the Mallards scored in 6 out of the 8 innings they had on offense, and accumulated 10 runs over the course of the game, 7 of those runs were scored after 2 outs in the inning. Meanwhile, though the Barons threatened in every inning, Gill seemed to focus as necessary and smothered every potential rally.
Wednesday, August 15
The first game of this Championship Series between the Falls Church Barons and the Arlington Mallards developed like a strategic world class mile run. Early jostling only set the pace for lap after lap of calculated positioning until a sudden sprint for the tape at the end. Both teams scored a run in the first inning. Then O’Donnell for the Mallards and McClure for the Barons cruised until the seventh when the Barons got impatient and started their sprint just a little too early. McClure hit single that drove in 2 of the 3 runs the Barons scored in the bottom of the 7th to give the Barons a 4-1 lead. But that effort may have left him with not quite enough energy to finish. He blanked the Mallards again in the eighth, but after the Barons were unable to add to that lead in the bottom of the eighth, McClure did not come out for the ninth. No matter, it appeared. The first two Mallards fly balls settled into Barons gloves. The next batter got a hit to keep the Mallards alive. But the defending Champions were still but one out away from taking this opener. That hit, however, was a foreshadowing for this drama. The Barons’, whose defense had ruled the night, put the next man on base with an error. It was five hits and a walk later, before the Barons were able to close out the Mallards' half of the inning, and by then the Mallards were back on top for the first time since the first inning. They took a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth. O’Donnell took the mound to close it out, but found himself quickly in trouble. The first two Barons reached base with a walk and a hit. But what followed was a double play ground ball, and a soft fly to the first baseman. Mallards win, 5-4.
|Heat, rain, heat, repeat|
In a game marred by two Arlington Mallards ejections, the Arlington Silver Bullets evened the Semi-final Series with the Mallards, winning 11-8.
Rubber game tomorrow (weather permitting)
|Lovely summer night|
The weather held steady for a third consecutive day and the evening temperatures were perfect for baseball.
In the second game of their Series with the Northern Virginia Navigators, the Falls Church Barons scored early. They led 6-0 after two innings and seemed headed to an easy victory. But the Navs fought back and scored 4 runs in the bottom of the second to pull within two runs. Both teams offenses kept pressure on the other’s defense and the Navs stayed close. Then the Navs got 4 in the bottom of the 5th to take a one run lead. However, that lead did not last. The Barons white hot bats scored 6 more runs over the next two innings to take a 5 run lead. Barons second reliever of the night, Bright, damped down the Navigators’ momentum, as he pitched a scoreless final 3 innings. McEnhemier went 5-5, Rogers went 3-4 (two doubles), Taran went 3-4 with 3 RBI Schoenfeld went 3-3 and Ortiz had 2 hits and 4 SB to lead the Barons potent offense. The Barons advance to the Championship series and await the winner of the Bullets/Mallards series.
As they did in their rubber match with the Cardinals, the Arlington Mallards’ offense triggered the slaughter rule in the eighth inning to shorten their opener against the Arlington Silver Bullets. The Mallards won 17-5 in eight innings. Their entire line-up was firing on every cylinder with every hitter got at least 2 hits this night. With Gus Gill dominating from the mound, the Bullets were never really in the game. The Bullets did not quit, however, and got three runs off of Mallards reliever Kevin McGarry in the top of the eighth. But after the Mallards responded with 7 straight base runners in the bottom of the eight Colin McMahon’s bases clearing double ended things.
|Semi-finals - finally|
A brief rain cell hit Reston just prior to game time, but South Lakes field was in fine shape for the game #1 of the Semi-final Series between the Defending Champion Falls Church Barons and the Northern Virginia Navigators to finally be played. The Navs looked good early, scoring 1 in the first and 2 in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead. Fletcher pitched well, securing two 3 up 3 down innings heading into the 6th. But the Barons finally solved the puzzle and chased Fletcher after scoring 3 in the bottom of the 6th. The hits kept coming for the Barons, led by Roger's two doubles and 4 RBI. With a 7 run lead, Barons sent closer Bright to seal the deal. He induced double plays in both the 8th and 9th innings to finish out the game. Barnes, Rogers and Glaser had multihit games to lead the offense. McClure secured the win. Barons 10 - Navs 3.
The DC Cardinals manufactured a run in the top of the first to open their rubber game against the Arlington Mallards, but they never got near home again as O'Donnell tossed a no-hitter. Sawyer pitched well for the Cardinals through 6 innings, but serious defensive lapses in the second inning led to 5 unearned runs and a deficit the Cardinals could not overcome without an offense. Witkowski's three run homer in the sixth put the Cardinals on the verge of a seven inning skunking, and his bases clearing double one inning later ended the game as the Mallards's 13th run crossed the plate while Witkowski was being put out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
|50% chance of rain every day|
Frank Mann was wet today, but OK for play, certainly good enough given the exensive rain for the past week. But two of the four teams scheduled were unable to field. The Falls Church Barons got a walk-over against the Washington Thundercats. They advance to a Semi-final Series against the Northern Virginia Navigators to begin on Tuesday at South Lakes.
The DC Cardinals evened their Series with the Arlington Mallards, also via a walk-over. The deciding game between these two teams will be on Tuesday at Thomas Edison. The Mallards/Cardinals winner will host the Arlington Silver Bullets in the opener of that Semi-final on Thursday at Annandale.
We note that today opened bright and clear with a forecast of a 1% chance of rain today. Then, at 5pm the sky clouded and the rain fell for an hour.
|Again some rain - again ONE game|
Somehow Montgomery County got Olney ready for play last night and while everyone else was sidelined by wet fields the Senators Baseball Club was able to host the Arlington Silver Bullets for the second game of their Series. But this was the Silver Bullets' night. They won, 11-6 to advance to the next round where they will await the winner of the Mallards/Cardinals Series.
More rain in Virginia this evening may delay both the Barons/Thundercats and Mallards/Cardinals even further.
|Weather was GREAT!|
The first seeded Falls Church Barons beat the upset minded Washington Thundercats, 4-1. When the Thundercats' Abrahamsen allowed 3 runs in the first before usual battery mate Moore arrived, Moore was already too late. After Moore arrived the Barons mustered just one more run and tied the Thundercats in the eight inning game that followed the first inning as Abrahamsen went the distance. But Buckley was the Thundercats only offense today, batting in a run on a ground rule double. Thundercat base-running woes and dominant Barons pitching allowed the three run first to stand up.
In the second game this afternoon, as has happened too often this summer the DC Cardinals could muster only 9 of their Roster, and though they fought gamely, these were never a match for the Arlington Mallard nine. The Mallards scored early, often and without excess effort before the game ended mercifully after six and a half innings, 14 - 0.
The early evening game was the most closely fought before the Arlington Silver Bullets beat the Senators Baseball Club, 12-11.
|No rain in forecast - should be HOT time|
Tomorrow night, July 2, 2018, Lake Braddock, game time is 8pm. DC Wood All Stars seek to hold on to the bragging rights gained from exciting come-from-behind victory at last All Star contest with Industrial League.
We started this two years ago intending it to be an annual affair, as DC Wood hosted at McLean. Industrial League was scheduled to host last year at George Mason, but rain prevented us from playing.
Industrial League hosts this year at Lake Braddock. If this game is even close to as exciting as it was last time, this will be the entertainment value of the summer - you cannot beat the price. Admission is FREE.
Good luck to both teams!
|Lovely spring weather discontinues|
The first two are the only playoff games that will actually play for at least another day or two. Both of this evening's games have been cancelled as has tomorrow's game.
The second game of this Series, as well as the opening games of the Mallards/Cardinals, Silver Bullets/Senators, and Barons/Thundercats are all tentatively set for Monday, 8pm, locations TBD . . . but the weather forecast suggests anticipating any games playing on Monday is like a third marriage - a triumph of optimism over reason.
Saturday, February 24
There have been three times since the establishment of DC Wood Baseball that we have found it uniquely necessary to write about an untimely death. This one is the most difficult. The manager of the Senator’s Baseball Club, Mark Kulwicki, passed his time on earth at the young and tender age of 63, suddenly and wholly unexpectedly on Friday, February 9,2018. While on a business trip to California, Mark became ill, was hospitalized and lost his life within a matter of days. He is missed.
This writer knew of Mark long before we met. Mark was the long time Commissioner of the Washington Area Baseball League (WABL), as well as the Manager of the Senators Baseball Club for many years prior to his joining up with DC Wood Baseball. WARBL got its start playing baseball games on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. before moving on to Montgomery County Recreational fields. In the early 2000's we began talking about a merger between our two Leagues and in the Summer of 2003, DC Wood absorbed the WARBL group and created a separate WARBL Division which continued, albeit with Inter-Division play through the 2010 season.
Mark was the only Manager of the Senators Baseball Club from its entry into DC Wood, and he was planning to continue this summer as playing Manager after enduring both hip and knee replacement surgery. From his entry into DC Wood, Mark was the DC Wood representative to the Montgomery County Department of Recreation, obtaining necessary permits for the DC Wood use of the Montgomery County Regional fields.
Mark was definitely a one-off. Raised in the cold climate of Cleveland, Ohio, he had little regard for what passes for winter in the D.C. area. When not at work, he often sported short pants when warm weather folk were freezing! Yet, his occasional informal dress belied a rather formal and reserved personality. He was a stickler for the Rules, and could become rather bristly with opposing teams or managers. But he was very much loved by his own team. All members of the Senators Baseball Club, whether speaking to him or about him, always referred to him affectionately as ‘Skipper’.
He will be missed for a long time.
|Fall Church Barons are Champions|
This game was played in spite of itself! It took 12 days to play 4 games. This game was postponed three times before finally being set to take place last night at Frank Mann Field. Frank Mann was only made ready for play after some extensive work by the grounds crew, and was finally in perfect condition. But, at 2:15 yesterday afternoon, a transformer in the Alexandria electrical system suddenly blew up and it was soon clear that there would be no lights at Mann last night. This game was moved again to McLean, which was assumed to have dried out from the rain on Monday. It had not. The game was then moved to W. Patomac, where the field was in servicable condition for this game which began 10 minutes late. The weather, very cold ealier this week, seemed to warm up just for this game, and the rain, which has seemed not to want to quit, gave only a few sprinkles in the middle innings tonight.
With everyone well rested by the forced time off, the Fall Church Barons sent their season-long workhorse, McClure to the mound. The Alexandria A's countered with Bryner. Both pitchers commanded the game through the first two innings. But in the 3rd, the A's Miller drew a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Then Kassman drew a walk and both runners moved up on another passed ball, giving the A's runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Denevi's groundout to second brought Miller home before McClure struck out Bryner to end the inning with the A's up by one. In the bottom of the third Bryner made quick work of the first two Baron batters, but when he gave the Barons an opening by walking Davis, Garcia's single followed by Lezak's single tied the game. Jackson then smacked a single to left that drove in two more runs to put the Barons up 3-1. In the bottom of the 4th, the Barons, who did not get a run this night before first getting two out, scored two more when Davis drove two more Barons home with a double to left. The A's never quit, but after the fourth the game was over. McClure breezed through three more innings before being replace by Glaser in the eighth. Glaser gave up a single to Bryner to open the eighth, then got a fly out from Garbozci for the first out. The next pitch to McClusky was singled to right putting runners on 1st and 2nd. But Glaser's tailing slider to Rivera was bounced right back to Glaser who started the inning-ending 1-6-3 double play. After a quick bottom of the 8th by A's reliever, Sokolowski, Glaser had one more inning to close out the game. Glaser got a quick groundout from Barkett but walked Borque. Again, Glaser tossed the same slider that he threw to Rivera in the previous inning and induced a sharp groundball to short. Taran fielded it, tossed it to Lezak who fired it close enough for McEnhemier to scoop it and end the game! McClure picked up his second win of the Championship series, allowing only one earned run in both outings. Lezak led the offense with 3 hits, while Davis and Jackson picked up two RBI each.
|A's stay alive|
Today was a perfect example of Alexandria A's baseball in this game and in this Series. The Falls Church Barons had the A's down 2-0 in this best of 5 Championship Series. On more win and the Barons are Fall Ball Champions. But the A's just stayed in this game and gave the Barons a chance to beat themselves - which they did today, allowing the A's to stay in this Series. It is a simple formula. Put runners on in every inning (which the A's did in every inning but the sixth). Then maximize an opportune error with a clutch hit. Suddenly your opponent is losing, and gradually that loss begins to feel inevitable. Glaser started on the mound for the Barons and he spread only 5 hits over seven innings and he gave up not a single earned run. But he took the loss. In the fourth inning the A's converted two errors and a single hit into three runs. They did the same in the seventh. Meanwhile the Barons big bats failed to slug today. When the Barons do not slug, they do not win. They got a run in the 6th when Lezak opened the inning with a double and scored on a SAC fly. But that was the Barons' only extra base hit, and only run. Snyder started for the A's and kept the Barons' bats quiet for 4 innings before straining his pitching arm and retiring in favor of Kassman after facing two batters in the fifth. Other than the single run in the sixth, the Barons could get nothing off of Kassman and the A's stayed alive with a 6-1 win.
This Series continues tomorrow at Frank Mann . . . weather permitting.
|Good work by both teams getting field ready|
On a day when the weather had the game in doubt till the last second, an effort by both teams to get the field game-ready made the contest happen. What ensued was a fantastic pitchers duel that wrapped up in a tight 2 hours. Snyder was excellent for the A's, allowing 3 runs off of 6 hits through 8 innings. But the Baron's starter, McClure, was not going to be outdone as he went 9 strong innings allowing 3 hits and 11K's. But both pitchers did not do it themselves as both Shortstops, Bryner for the A's and Dent for the Barons made spectacular plays to keep the offenses at bay. The lone offense for the night was generated by the Baron's Rogers as he had an RBI single in the 1st and a 2 run Homerun in the 4th. Barons take game #2, 3-0.
|Great day, great ball game|
The DC Wood Fall Ball Championship Series started this morning at Frank Mann Field as the first seeded Alexandria A's hosted the number 2 seed Falls Church Barons. The A's sent Robert Cohn on the mound while the Barons countered with veteran Scott Nelson. These two teams have both been in Championship Series before and both teams have developed a bit of a unique team culture. The A's tend to stay in ball games, and wait for an opponent to find a way to lose. Opportunistic would be an apt description of their style. The Barons, on the other hand, love offense. They stay aggressive at the plate. They try to get up early and pound on opponents. Both styles were on display today in this Series' first game. The A's gave the Barons an opening right away by walking Lezak, the first batter in the first inning. When that walk was followed by a Pittman double, back-to-back singles by Waterloo and Jackson and then a double by Rogers the Barons had 4 runs before the first A's batter came to the plate. Cohn got McEnhimer, Ayers and Taran in order to stop the damage, but in the top of the second, Garcia's single followed by another walk to Lezak, Waterloo's HBP and another hit by Jackson gave the Barons another run. The Barons may have scored more in the second had not Lezak gotten greedy and tried to catch the A's napping by rushing home only to end the rally by getting caught at the plate. Nelson on the mound for the Barons proved unhittable for the first four innings, facing the minimum of A's and allowing narry a hit. Kassman took the mound for the A's to start the third inning, and the Barons' scoring was over. Kassman allowed the Barons only two hits over his seven innings of relief, and the Barons made no serious scoring threat the rest of the way. Meanwhile the A's finally got to Nelson a little bit in the 5th, scoring one run, but leaving two to wither on the bases. In the 6th, Nelson appeared to tire. The A's loaded the bases and by the end of the sixth they had three more runs before Ayers came in to douse the A's rally fire. The A's continued to threaten the rest of the way, putting runners on in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but Ayers refused to allow another score. When Omeir ground into a double play with one out and two on in the bottom of the ninth, the Barons had taken the first game, 5-4 and now have home field advantage for the Series.
This Series resumes tomorrow at McClean at 2pm, weather permitting.
|Now the Championship v. weather race begins!|
The Falls Church Barons and Arlington Silver Bullets took 11 innings to determine a victor in their Semi-final Series before the Barons came out on top, 5-2 to advance to the DC Wood Fall Ball Championship Series. McClure started for the Barons and pitched well through 6 innings; exiting with his team down 2-1. Drager started for the Bullets and he was a workhorse going 9 innings and striking out 12 Barons while giving up only 5 hits, one of which was a game-tying solo HR to McClure in the 8th. Ayers got the win for the Barons after pitching 5 innings in relief. He shut down the Bullets' rally in the 9th when they had runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. With the game tied at 2-2, the teams headed to extras. The Bullets threatened in the 10th when Esche led off with a double and Patel had an infield single to put runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs but Ayers got the next hitter to pop-out and then induced a ground ball double play. In the 11th, the floodgates opened for the Barons and the Bullets could not respond in the bottom frame. Klein and Aftergut combined for 5 of the Bullets 10 hits.
The Alexandria A's/DC Cardinals Semi-final Series ended without nearly as much drama. The A's Taylor Bryner and Derrick Sokolowski combined to toss a three hitter against the Cardinals, who dug themselves a big hole by giving up 7 runs in the first two innings. The Cardinals' Rocky Gardiner came on in the third and allowed the A's only 4 hits the rest of the way, but the Cardinals still bled 4 more runs, while their offense showed up only briefly in the bottom of the ninth, when Bonilla hit a towering, but meaningless 2 run home run. A's 11, Cardinals 2.
The Championship Series begins this Saturday at Frank Mann at 10am.
|Tough day for upset minded|
The DC Cardinals have not done well against the Alexandria A's this fall, and they did not do well in the Semi-final Series opener this morning at Frank Mann. The Cardinals loaded the bases in the first inning, against the A's starter Snyder, but could not punch anyone across. In the top of the second inning, the Cardinals threatened again, getting their first two hitters to second and third with no one out. Again they failed to score a run. After those first two, Synder settled in and the Cardinals did not threaten again. In the bottom of the second, the A's opened the scoring with three runs, and then they scored in every inning thereafter. Every spot in the A's batting order had at least one run scored, and when a bases loaded single in the bottom of the sixth went through the Cardinal right fielder's legs and everyone scored, the A's total was 15 and the game mercifully ended.
The evening game had a similar result. The Falls Church Barons and Arlington Silver Bullets kicked off their Semi-final match up with Ryan on the mound for the Barons and Hernandez for the Bullets. The Barons started quickly when (Home Run) Jackson, whose walk off homer gave the Barons this Summer's Championship, hit a 3 run blast in the bottom of the 1st. The Bullets got one back when Siegmund singled in Vandenburg in the top of the 3rd. But the hits kept coming for the Barons who led by 9 after 4. In the top of the 6th the Bullets got the bases loaded with one out which led to the hook for Ryan. But the relief was strong for the Barons as Ayers got a pop out and ground out to end the threat. The Barons added 4 more to cap off a 13-1 mercy victory after 7. Jackson went 4-4 with 6 RBI and a triple short of the cycle, and Pittman, Waterloo and Davis chipped in with 9 combined hits.
Both of these Series are scheduled to continue with game tomorrow at 2pm and 6pm at McLean.
Noah Sherman had a night as the DC Cardinals defeated the Northern Virginia Navigators, 7 - 4, in the rubber match of their first round Series. Sherman foreshadowed the sort of night he was to have in his first at bat in the first inning when he got on via a walk from the the Navigators starter, Fletcher. It did no damage, and Fletcher struck out the next Cardinal to end the inning. But when Sherman came up in the 4th with 2 Cardinals on base, and again in the 8th with 2 Cardinals on base, he did do some damage with a 2 RBI double each time. In between those highlights he led off the 6th with a single, although he died at second that time. He ended his night, 3 for 4 with a walk and 4 RBI. Casey Leister started on the mound for the Cardinals and was very effective and got good support from his defense except for the sixth, when the Cardinals gave up the only runs of the game to the Navigators who were aided that inning by a bad hop ground ball to short that looked about to end the inning with a double play but instead drove in 2 runs. As a result of that 6th inning the Navigators went into the 8th, ahead 4 - 2. But a lead off walk to Leister and a dropped fly ball in center put two Cardinals on base for Sherman to tie the game with his second double of the night. The game was still knotted at 4 after nine. In the 10th the Cardinals' Leister led off with a hard ground ball to the left side. He would have been out on a great play if the first baseman had been able to handle a ball in the dirt. When Witkowski followed with a hit the Navigators made the mistake of pitching to Bonilla. His single brought in both runners. After he took second on a fielder's indifference while Fletcher was getting a strike out for out number 2 of the inning, he scored on Roberts' RBI single. That proved the all the scoring that was to occur this night, as Miles Tipton, who came on in the seventh in relief, finished the Navigators 1, 2, 3 in the bottom of the 10th. Fletcher pitched all 10 for the Navigators.
The Cardinals will face the first seed Alexandria A's in the second round, starting at 10am, Saturday at Frank Mann.
The Derwood Bulls sent Black to the mound determined to even their Series with the Arlington Silver Bullets, and he took a no-hitter into the 4th inning. But, after just over two hours, in what may have been the best played and fastest 9-inning games all fall, the Arlington Silver Bullets edged the Derwood Bulls, 1-0. The Bullets sent their workhorse Mahl to the mound to oppose Black, and Mahl turned in a vintage outing pitching into the 9th inning and only allowing 3 hits. In the 5th, the Bullets threatened with runners at 1st and 2nd and no one out, but two K's by Black and a fielder's choice killed that rally. In the 6th with 2 outs and no one on, Zampa reached on an error, Meisenberg singled, and then Klein game through with the game-winning RBI single as Zampa touched home for the only run of the game. In the bottom of the 9th, the Bulls threatened. After Mahl walked the leadoff man, K. Culver, the Bullets brought on Denenberg to close it out. Denenberg struckout the next Bulls hitter, but walked the 3-hole hitter and put the winning run on first. Then Denenberg climbed out of a 3-0 count to strikeout the clean-up and got the next hitter to line out to center to kill the Bulls' rally and end the game.
Joseph went 6 and 1/3 for the DC Cardinals, holding the Northern Virginia Navigators to 2 runs before he tired. The Navigators' Myers pitched almost as well over the first 6 innings, but the Cardinals bunched hits in the third and the fifth innings and went into the seventh ahead, 5-2. But after Joseph the Cardinals relief did not hold. The Navigators got 2 in the seventh, then another 2 in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead as Myers, although tiring, continued to be effective. In the top of the ninth, the Navigators scored 4 runs to take a 10-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Navigators then sent Myers out one more time. It was almost one too many. The bottom of the Cardinals' order provided the Cardinals with three runs before getting to the top of the Cardinals' order, but with two out. Cardinals' lead-off Sundwich got aboard for the third time in the game, bringing Saul, now the potential tying run, to the plate, as Witkowski and Bonilla lurked. Saul's hard grounder into the short/third hole did not quite get through, the Navigators' shortstop knocked it down, picked it up and ended the Cardinals' rally with his throw to first. Navigators 10, Cardinals 8.
|Silver Bullets go one up|
The Arlington Silver Bullets sent their ace, Drager, to the mound in game 1 of their series against the Derwood Bulls and he delivered with a complete game 3-hitter that included 12 Ks. The Bullets' offense came alive to support Drager with 14 hits and 8 BBs and the game ended mercifully after 7 innings when the Bullets were up 13-1.
In the first inning the DC Cardinals woes on both offense and defense looked likely to undo them again at the start of the opener of their First Round Play-off Series with the Northern Virginia Navigators. Dunant, batting second in the top of the first got a solid hit against the Navigators veteran starter Fletcher. Then, he not only got picked off but so injured his knee on the play that he was forced out of the game, and perhaps the rest of these Play-offs. After Bonilla flied out to center, the Cardinals had been set down with Fletcher having faced only three batters. In the bottom of the first, the Cardinals gifted Fletcher with three unearned runs to work with. But then the Cardinals’ defense toughened up in support of Snyder who followed that first inning with four innings of shut-out pitching that included six strike-outs. The Cardinals got a run in the second inning with a single, a walk, a double steal and an RBI hit by Saul. No one scored again until the top of the sixth when Roberts led off with a solid single to right. Then four hits, a SAC fly and a bases loaded HBP gleened 4 runs and the first Cardinal lead. That lead was never threatened as Tipton came on to toss the final four innings for a long save that included 7 strike-outs and only one hit. Cardinals 5, Navigators 3.
|Beautiful evening for baseball wasted|
The lights at W. Potomac were fixed today at about 3pm, but the decision was made not to confuse the Falls Church Barons and the Derwood Bulls by moving their game again, especially since Edison seemed like a more convenient location. Unfortunately, for whatever reason the people at Edison had locked the field with the special County lock for which there are no keys available during the evening hours. The game was attempted to be moved to Hayfield, but that field was closed because of a home football game. At that point the Bulls refused to go to W. Potomac, so game was cancelled.
|No mercy for Cardinals|
|More gorgeous weather|
The Derwood Bulls started quickly in the first game of their doubleheader against the Falls Church Barons, and took a 1-0 lead after one inning. The Barons countered with 3 in the bottom of the second to take the lead. The Bulls got one back in the 4th and took the lead in the 5th, capitalizing on 3 walks and effective base running. The Barons tied the game in the bottom of the 7th when DiJullio singled and Lezak doubled him home. With the Barons winning run at 3rd and one out, Culver rallied to induced an infield pop-up and ground out to get out of the inning. In the top of the 8th, Bulls used 2 big hits to get the two run lead that they would not relinquish. Bulls 7, Barons 5.
Game two saw McClure go the distance for the Barons, striking out 12 Bulls. The Barons offense only got 4 hits, but they were smakers. McEnhimer hit a two-run homerun, followed by another from Jackson in the 4th. Waterloo hit a homerun in the 6th. Barons 5, Bulls 3.
The DC Cardinals offense hit like a party regular in a big city machine votes, early and often. The Cardinals started the game with 6 hits and 4 runs in the top of the first inning and were never behind the rest of the way, but the Arlington Silver Bullets did not just lie down. The Bullets put up two of their own on three hits, including back to back doubles by Klein and Pall in the bottom of the first. That is how the game went through the first four innings. Every time the Bullets would put up a run or two in the bottom of an inning, the Cardinals would put up another two or three in the top of the next inning, gradually increasing their lead until the Bullets went into the bottom of the fifth behind, 9-5. But then the Cardinals’ Synder, making his debut on the mound tired suddenly and walked the first Bullet up in the inning and hit the next one, so the Cardinals brought in Betances in relief. The Bullets’ Klein greeted Betances with a shot over the center field fence to instantly bring the Bullets within one. When Pall followed Klein with his third hit of the day, and scored after a walk and two passed balls, the Bullets had finally caught up. However, the Cardinals refused to accept any momentum shift, stopped the Bullets from taking a lead after Pall scored, and then smacked four hits for three runs to retake the lead in the top of the sixth. But with Betances struggling, three runs did not seem like a safe lead, and things looked dire for the Cardinals when the first three batters in the sixth all walked. Things started to look even worse when Polk doubled to again bring the Bullets to within one run with runners at second and third, not a single out recorded, Klein coming to bat and the time deadline approaching so that the Cardinals were probably not going to have another at bat if the Bullets scored any more. With first base open, the Cardinals took the chance of putting him on in spite of Betances’ control problems. That is when Betances toughened up. He got Pall on a pop up to the pitcher, Hernandez on a pop up to third and when Mahl went down swinging as time for starting another inning expired the Cardinals had held on to a one run win. While Klein’s homer was the Bullets’ offensive highlight, the highlight for the Cardinals was Brown’s perfectly placed suicide squeeze bunt in the third to score Dunant with the run that proved to be the difference in the game. Cardinals 12, Silver Bullets 11.
The lights at W. Potomac have been a problem for most of this fall season. Today, the lights were finally manipulated to 'On' at about 11am, so a decision was made to keep them on all day until we could get our game in between the DC Cardinals and the Derwood Bulls. Interesting game. The Cardinals Leister got easy ground balls from the Bulls top of the order Culver men, first to short and then to third. But bad throws gave each player a reached-by-error and two walks and a SAC fly later the Cardinals were down by two before they got to bat. The only earned runs scored this night were the three that scored when the Bull's Rusthoven sent one out of the yard with two on in the 3rd. Both teams scored four other runs, all gifts of poor defense. Rusthoven's HR determined the spread. Bulls 7, Cardinals 4.
|Good running, bad throws|
After both teams sent only three men to bat in their respective first innings, the DC Cardinals got back-to-back doubles from Sherman and Leister to lead off the second inning and took a 1-0 lead. But in the bottom of the second, the A's were much more efficient. While the Cardinals needed two extra base hits to score one run in the top of the second, the A's needed only one double and two singles to score 8 runs in the bottom of the second. Six walks and as many throwing errors in response to agressive baserunning by the A's left the Cardinals discombobulated and behind by 7 runs and they never caught up. The Cardinals never stopped battling on offense and put up four more runs, but their defensive woes continued through the night and the A's took advantage. The A's went into the bottom of the seventh needing two runs to end the game early. After the Cardinals put the first hitter on base with another error, Tom Garboczi sent a high fly ball over the left field fence to put the Cardinals out of their misery. A's 17, Cardinals 5
|Navigators in contention|
On Thursday, the Northern Virginia Navigators became offensive to the Derwood Bulls and pounded out a 9-1 win.
Then today, the Navigators steamed to a close win in 10 innings over the Falls Church Barons in the first game of their DH, 5-4, Fletcher started for the Navigators and pitched 6 2/3 innings of excellent baseball followed by Dave Zumwalt who pitched the next 4 innings to get the win. The Barons came back in the second game to earn a split with a 4-2 win.
The third time was the charm for the Arlington Silver Bullets as they defeated the Falls Church Barons 11-8 in their last match-up of the regular season after losing the previous two. Playing for the second time in as many days, the Bullets jumped on Barons starter Davis quickly, smacking two doubles to take a 2 run lead after one inning. The Bullets offense exploded in the 3rd, with 7 hits producing 8 runs. The inning might have been even more productive save for a 1-2-3 double play turned on reliever Dent's first batter faced. The Bullets Drager kept the Barons offense at bay all night, allowing but 2 hits through 6 1/3 innings before he exited with an 11-1 lead. However, the Bullets' early offensive firepower proved to be barely enough after Drager left. The Barons rallied to score one run in the 7th. They scored another in the 8th and went into the top of the 9th down by (only) 9. That was when the Barons' offense awoke. They scored 6 runs and, with two runners on base, brought the tying run to the plate. But the Bullets' Mahl got a K to end that final rally and the game. Bullets 11, Barons 8. Palacio paced the Barons offense with 3 hits and 2 RBI.
On a lovely summer day on the third day of Fall the Falls Church Barons and Derwood Bulls sent their Aces to the mound. The game was close and competitive with the Barons taking a 3-1 lead after 5. The Bulls cut their deficit to one in the 6th and got the tying run at 3rd in the 8th. But Barons reliever, Ryan, got a key K and ground out to end the 8th inning threat. The slow-starting Barons offense finally got going in the 9th when Schragger delivered a two run single to right and an extra insurance run to go up 6-2. In the bottom of the 9th, Ryan tossed a 1-2-3 inning to closeout the game.
The Arlington Silver Bullets' pitchers Mahl and Drager combined for a no-hitter in the first game of the evening's doubleheader against the DC Cardinals. The Bullets' offense backed them with 20 hits and 16 runs. The Cardinals single run in the 16-1 Bullets' win came on an error in the fifth inning. The Cardinals finally got some offense in the second game, and took a two run lead when their first two hitters of the game scored. But when the Bullets scored 3 in the bottom of the second and 2 more in the bottom of the third, they had the win as the Cardinals' offense again disappeared. Bullets 5-2 in game 2. Hernandez picked up the win on the mound.
|Noble indigenous people summer day for baseball|
The Alexandria A's took two from the Derwood Bulls on Saturday, winning the first game 5-2 and taking a forfeit in the second game when the Bulls could not post.
On Sunday, the Falls Church Barons' starter, Ryan, fired five nifty innings of one-run ball against the Arlington Silver Bullets. The Barons gave Ryan strong run support, eight runs in the first four innings. The Barons offense powered 7 extra base hits including two homeruns from Torres and one from Waterloo. Rogers added 2 doubles and Torres had a day with 4 RBI. Pittman came in for the last four innings of relief and allowed the Bullets but one additional run. Barons 13, Bullets 2.
The DC Cardinals and the Northern Virginia Navigators split their DH. The Cardinals' Joseph gave up two hits and two runs in the first inning of the first game, then allowed only one hit the rest of the way. The Cardinal offense exploded with 15 runs to win going away, 15-2. The second game went differently for both teams. The Navigators got to the Cardinals' Saul early and often, while the Cardinals were unable to solve the Navigators' Fletcher's usual 'bend, but not break' pitching stylings. The Cardinals put men on base in every inning but Fletcher scattered 8 hits over seven innings and allowed but a single run. Navigators 9, Cardinals 1 in the second game.
Wednesday, August 16
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|Congratulations to the Falls Church Barons (again)!|
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The weather broke just long enough for DC Wood to sneak in a Championship game last night. On what has become a rare 'perfect night for baseball' the Falls Church Barons sent their playoff warhorse, McClure to the mound to try to close out this Series. The Arlington Silver Bullets countered with their own workhorse, Mahl. As they have for most games in these Play-offs, the Barons offense started quickly. They went two up in the bottom of the 1st when Brown and McClure each drove in a run. But the Bullets were unfazed and, as they have throughout these Play-offs responded quickly with their own offense. They tied the game in the top of the 2nd when Pall scored on a Mahl single and Mahl later scored on a passed ball. The Bullets then took the lead when Klein drove in two on a single to right. The Barons escaped further damage when McClure induced a double play ground ball and another groundout to end the inning. But no lead was safe last night. McEnhimer's two run home run in the bottom of the 6th brought the Barons even. In the 8th the Bullets, facing Barons' reliever Bright, loaded the bases with their first three hitters. When their next hitter blasted a double to left center, it looked like the Barons were about to break this game open. But the runner at second took just a bit too long making sure that double got down before heading for home. That delay cost him when a laser from left by Jackson gunned him down at the plate and prevented the double from scoring anyone except the runner from third. Limiting the Bullets to that single run in the 8th seemed to enliven the Barons. As so often seems to happen in baseball, the person responsible for the previous inning's big defensive stop came up first to bat in the next inning. Jackson led off the bottom of the 8th with a walk, stole 2nd, reached 3rd on a wild pitch and then tied the game on Caylor's SAC fly to right. When the 9th netted no runs for either team free baseball was on tap. After the Barons' Bright pitched a 1-2-3 top of the 10th, the bottom of the 10th found the Barons' Jackson leading off again. When a 3-1 fastball stayed a little too high and inside, Jackson turned on it and drove it deep into the night, clearing the trees in left center-field. A walk off Homerun for Jackson gave an 8-7 victory and a championship to the Barons! This is the Barons' third consecutive DC Wood Title (Summer '16, Fall '16, Summer '17) and fifth DC Wood title overall. Nelson, Lord, Martinez and Caylor have been a part of all 5 titles.
Congratulatons ALSO to the Arlington Silver Bullets for a glorious season, a regular season Championship giving then the number 1 seed in the Play-offs and an exiting and well played Championship Series. This one could have gone either way!
|Barons Summer 2017 Champions|
|Noah in the stands?|
Tonight, W. Potomac remained unplayable. After losing both Saturday and Sunday to rain and drenched fields, it looked very much like this Series’ third game was going to be washed out for the third time. However, after scouring the area, the League was able to find a field at McLean still dry enough to take play. The game was moved and both managers got to the field early in order to rake out the gullies that had formed on the infield dirt from the weekend’s rain, and the first pitch was only 5 minutes after the originally scheduled game time.
The Falls Church Barons offense did not appear the least bit rusty. In the first inning, Aiken led off with a single and before the top of the inning ended both Brown and Caylor had hit long SAC flies to give the Barons a 2-0 lead before the Arlington Silver Bullets hitters saw a pitched ball. The Barons got another run in the 3rd with a bases loaded HBP. When Pena then drove in Aitken for a 4-0 lead, a Barons win started to take on an air of inevitability. The Bullets finally got started, but only after there were two outs in the bottom of the 5th. That was when Jazewski smacked a double. When that double was followed by another, followed in turn by a walk, another double, a single and a walk the inevitable became evitable with the game tied at 4. When the next Bullet sent a bullet down the third base line, it seemed momentum may have spun entirely. But the Barons’ Lord caught that bullet on one hop and dove to third base in time to end the inning and allow the game to start from scratch in the 6th with the teams even. As often happens, Lord’s defensive marvel inspired the Barons’ offense and the first two Barons up in the 6th hit singles. But, when the Bullet’s Conlin made short work of the next two Barons, the focus was on Barons’ leadoff man, Aktken, who had scored the game’s first run. Aitken, who has been on a hot streak this Series, did not disappoint. He took a 1-2 pitch to right field and drove in both Barons runners. Entering the 9th behind by 2 the Bullets started their own rally, getting their first two hitters on. With no one out and the winning run at the plate, the Barons’ closer, Howard, suddenly faced three match points. He held to get the next two hitters without allowing either baserunner to score. But then he had to face the Bullets fearsome clean-up hitter, Klein. Klein smashed a rocket to first, but Brown, the Barons’ first baseman, dove to knock it down, picked it up, got up and dove a second time to reach the bag before the hustling Klein and end the game. Barons 6, Bullets 4. Aitken, still hot, went 3-4 with 2 RBI.
The Barons now have a 2-1 Series lead with a chance to close this out tomorrow night at McLean, as the teams await weather’s permit or intervention.
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|Tough job for umpires!|
Tonight the Falls Church Barons sent their ACE McClure to the mound tasked with erasing the memory of their heartbreaking loss in game one of this Championship Series. His counterpart, the Arlington Silver Bullets’ Mahl had the task of continuing the Barons discomfort and he did so through the first two innings. He threw only 10 pitches to record 6 outs. But keeping Barons hitters off the bases is a high wire act at all times and in this night’s third inning Mahl slipped off that wire. The Barons got 5 hits in the third, which led to 5 runs. McClure made sure those were all the runs the Barons needed. He went seven strong innings, struck out 9 Bullets and allowed only 1 run (in the 6th). The greedy Barons got another run they did not need when McEnhimer hit a home run in the 6th. The Barons added 3 more in the 8th, highlighted by an Aitken 2 RBI single. The Silver Bullets got a run in the 8th off of reliever, Howard, but could not get a rally started. Barons 9, Silver Bullets 2.
We note a very scary situation occurred mid-game when the home plate umpire, Tim, got drilled in the part of his chest that didn't have any padding. He was in agony, and there was a 20 minute stoppage while he recovered and the umpires switched positions to get him from behind the plate. We are grateful for the wonderful job Tim and others have done for us throughout our Play-offs. We are happy Tim recovered enough to chose to continue, and we hope he is feeling better tomorrow!
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The English language is so fully alive that words and phrases go in and out of style and new words and phrases rapidly change meanings and overlap with nuance. So many different words or phrases can say almost the same thing that often you can tell a person’s age just from the words he uses. But some things seem to call out for a revival of old time usage. For example, the opening game of the DC Wood Championship was a ‘pip’.
The pitching was marvelous, yet there were 25 hits, including a ground ball in the first inning that the shortstop lost in the sun! A very bright sun, useful earlier in drying out a field very wet this morning from a heavy rain last night, was brutal for a few minutes just before it went down directly on the first base side of the field.
Every inning had some drama, although starters Kevin Conlin for the Arlington Silver Bullets and Scott Nelson for the Falls Church Barons each pitched into the 6th inning and each kept his team close enough to win. Each team scored a run in the 1st inning. The Barons got two more in the 3rd when McEnhimer singled, Brown doubled and Lord followed with another double. The Bullets got a run in the bottom of the 3rd when C.J. Aftergut opened with a hit, advanced to third and then scored on Ben Corson’s ground out to the right side. The Barons pushed their lead back to two in the 4th when a two out rally peaked with Howard’s double to score Brown. The Barons’ 4 - 2 lead vanished in the 6th when the Bullets used an error a walk and hits by Klein, Harrah, Polk and Mildenstein to score 3 and take a 5 - 4 lead. After leading off the bottom of the 7th with a single, Jaszewski scored another run for the Bullets, and when both teams put men on base, but could not score in the 8th, the Bullets went into the 9th with a 6 - 4 lead. It didn’t hold. Lord started off the Baron’s 9th with his fourth hit of the night. After another hit and a walk, Jackson’s bases loaded walk got the Barons within one, and Taran’s SAC fly tied the game going into the Bullets’ bottom of the 9th. Aftergut led off the bottom of the 9th with a walk, then the Bullets got the slight break that does not show up in the box score, but was needed for their win. Jaszewski hit into a double play that did not happen. His sharp ground ball to second was bobbled just a little bit, but long enough to allow a hustling Jaszewski to turn the would be DP into an FC; and when Klein was hit by a pitch from the Barons’ Howard, Harrah came up with the winning run in scoring position. He came through. His walk-off RBI single gave the Silver Bullets a 7 - 6 win. The Bullets' offense combined for 15 hits. Mildenstein picked up the win in relief. Lord and Brown accounted for nearly all of the Baron's offense, combining for 7 hits, 3 of them doubles.
After raining out every attempt to continue the Semi-final Series between the Falls Church Barons and the Senators Baseball Club during the week, the weather, after finally clearing on Friday, provided perfect weather for today's rubber match. The Barons turned to one of their veteran lefties, Matt Ryan for the start and the SBC countered with Ittenbach. Neithr Ryan nor Ittenbach allowed a run through the first 6 innings. The Senators put runners on base in each of their 6 innings on offense, but Ryan got out of every jam with key pitches and aid from a tight Barons defense. In the 7th, the Barons turned to their other veteran lefty, Nelson, and after a quick K, the SBC got back to back hits to put runners on 1st and 3rd. SBC then took a 1-0 lead when a seeing-eye single got through, but Nelson got out of the inning after limiting the damage to that one run. In the 8th the Barons' stagnant offense finally got going when Glaser led off with a walk and Jackson smashed a double off of the wall in left center to tie the game. A Lord single then scored Jackson. The Barons added their 3rd run of the only inning in which they scored when Howard's SAC fly drove in Aitken. The Barons sent on their closer, Howard, for the 9th and the first SBC hitter doubled. When the next hitter walked the Senators had the tying runs on, no one out, and momentum swinging their way. But then the Senators violated a core baseball principal, 'do not make the first out at third base'. The momentum from their leadoff double was blunted when an ill-fated attemt to steal 3rd was not successful. Howard quickly put the tying run back on by walking the Senators'next hitter. But Howard ended the game and the Series and put the Barons into their third consecutive DC Wood Championship Series by striking out the next two batters. Barons 3, SBC 1.
The 3 out of 5 Championship Series begins on Tuesday, 7:45pm at Marshall.
After 3 straight false starts, the Falls Church Barons and the Senators Baseball Club finally were able to play their second game of the semi-final series. McClure went 9 strong for the Barons accumulating 13 strike-outs along the way. He allowed only one earned run but the opportunistic Senators took advantage of every Barons defense miscue and took a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning. The Barons offense was kept at bay by some quality Senators pitching and defense, and the Barons also squandered some chances with some base-running blunders. However, the Barons got a run in the sixth to make it 3-1 Senators. Then, in the eighth the Barons' McClure came to the plate with two runners on and two out. He launched a clutch 2 RBI double to left center field to tie the game. When neither team could score in the ninth, we had an inning of free baseball. There was to be only one such inning. In the top of the tenth, the first two Barons went quickly bringing Taran to the plate. His single kept the Barons at bat, and when he stole second the Barons had a sudden opportunity to take their first lead of the game. Caylor followed Taran and worked his third walk of the evening, bringing McClure to the plate. Again he produced in the clutch when his grounder up the middle scored Taran to give McClure his 3rd RBI of the night. That was all the Barons could get, and they sent Bright to the mound to close out the Senators, no easy task tonight. The Senators started just putting balls in play. After an initial ground out, the Senators got three straight hits. Then, with the infield in, the next batter hit a 2 RBI single to center field for the game winner.
|Beautiful night after days of rain|
The DC Cardinals, hoping to extend a Series that had already been extended quite a bit by the weather, sent Wilmes to the mound against the Arlington Silver Bullets Mahl. In the top of the first inning Mahl walked, took advantage of some sloppy Cardinal defense and opened the scoring of this rubber match without a Bullets' hit. In the bottom of the first, Mahl struck out the Cardinal side, but between strike-outs the Cardinals got 4 hits and 3 runs to take a 3-1 lead. The Cardinals added a run in the third, while Wilmes kept the Bullets from scoring for the next three innings. But Wilmes experienced some elbow stiffness and Ramos came on in relief in the fifth. He was not as effective and the Bullets got two in the fifth to find themselves only one run behind. It stayed that way through 6, but in the seventh the Bullets needed only a single single to manufacture a 4 run rally, as the Cardinal’s defense took an inning off. On offense the Cardinals put 2 runners on in each of the 6th, 8th and 9th, but were unable to get anyone the final 90 feet. The Bullets scored a meaningless run in the ninth to make the final, 8-4, Silver Bullets. Mahl went 6 innings for the win. Gibson came on in the 7th and picked up the 3-inning save striking out 5. Mahl also helped out his cause at the plate reaching base 5 times (2-2 with a triple, an RBI, and 2 walks).
The Falls Church Barons turned to their lefty veteran, Nelson, to start on the mound for the decisive game 3 of their Series with the Washington Thundercats. The Barons supported Nelson early and often and gave him an 8-2 lead through the 5 strong innings he pitched. Nelson allowed only 3 hits. Those three were the only hits the Thundercats got tonight, as McClure K'd 5 in 2 innings of relief. The Barons potent offense never let up. Led by homeruns from Howard and Jackson, the Barons shortened the game by getting to a 12 run lead after 7innings played. Caylor went 3-3 with 2 doubles and McEnhemier, fresh from his 3 week trip to the west coast, chipped in with 2 doubles. Barons 14, Thundercats 2.
The Alexandria A's beat the Washington Grays 9-5 in 8 innings shortened due to time. The Grays brought the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the 8th before relief pitcher Tinnesz induced the final ground ball out. Beasley got the win for the A's, going 6 1/3 and giving up 2 earned. Fruth went 4-for-4 for the A's, while Payne and Omeir each had 2 hits, the latter driving in 2 runs.
The Senators Baseball Club game back from the loss of their opener in their Series with the Washington Mallards to take two in a row and advance to the Semi-finals with an 8-5 win tonight. They will open against the Falls Church Barons this Thursday.
|Rain came, threatened, then left|
At 6:30pm last night, it seemed as if some power did not want the DC Wood Semi-final Series to happen. Exactly as happened in Maryland on Tuesday and Wednesday, about an hour before the rubber match between the Arlington Silver Bullets and Alexandria Athletics a previously beautiful day abruptly clouded and rain, strong winds, and lightning approached Alexandria. Then, as quickly as it appeared, the eastern edge of the storm slipped by, managing to only graze Frank Mann Field. Just a mile west of the field torrential rain poured, but the rain at Frank Mann lasted only 20 minutes and the field remained playable for the 7:30pm start. In this rubber match, the Bullets turned to their ace, Conlin, who drove 4 hours from his vacation in New Jersey and once again pitched a gem. Conlin took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and lasted 7 innings (exiting with a Bullets 7-2 lead) to earn the win as the Bullets advanced to the DC Wood Championship Series with an 11-4 win. The Bullets' offense staked a 4-0 lead through 3 innings led by a RBI double from Pall and a 2 RBI single from Corson in the 3rd. The Bullets' offense continued to threaten in later innings and added insurance runs. Harrah and Pall reached base in all 5 of their trips to the plate.
The Bullets will do a no-rain dance for the Falls Church Barons vs. Senators Baseball Club, whose series continues tonight at Wheaton with game 2, if those teams aren't rained out for the third time this week.
The Arlington Silver Bullets rode a complete game shutout by their ace, Conlin, to beat the Alexandria Athletics in this Semi-final Series opener. Conlin struck out 7, scattered 5 hits, and gave up 3 walks but not a single run. The Bullets got the only run they would need in the 1st inning after Jaszewski walked, reached second on a wild pitch, and scored on Klein's RBI single to right field by diving headfirst to the plate, and barely avoiding the catcher's tag after a strong throw from the A’s’ Garboczi. The Bullets did not score again until the fourth inning, when, with 2 outs and runners at the corners, Mahl, the runner at first took off to draw a throw. As soon as the throw went through, Klein, on third, raced for home. Although the A’s shortstop cut off the throw, Klein’s jump made any attempt at home unrealistic and the A’s had to settle for a run-down of Mahl, who had stopped with the catcher’s throw and headed back toward first. He never made it, but he delayed his tag long enough for Klein to score and give the Bullets a 2-0 lead. That lead lasted until the seventh inning as the A’s stayed within striking distance through 6. Then, in the bottom seventh, the Bullets, who had managed only two hits and two scratched out runs through 6, suddenly felt the governor drop off their offense, and a track meet broke out on the basepath. Before the seventh ended, 6 runs had been generated, aided by 2 RBI triples by both T. Thomas and Klein. For good measure, the Bullets added 2 completely unneeded runs in the eighth to win going away, 10-0.
The Falls Church Barons opened their Semi-final Series by facing the Senators Baseball Club for the first time this season. These long time DC Wood teams have met only seldom over the years. Both clubs have traditionally been opportunistic on offense, and the Senators showed that in the first inning by following a Barons’ error with back to back hits leading to a quick 2 runs. The Barons got one back in the bottom of the second inning with Taran's sac fly. In the bottom of the third inning 3 consecutive miscues by the Senator’s defense led to 2 more runs and a 3-2 lead for the Barons. After a 30 minute lighting delay, the Barons offense went right back to work. Another Senator’s error in the fifth gave the Barons another opening and their potent offense, highlighted by a bases clearing double from McEnhiemer, put up 5 runs and took an 8-2 lead. That ended the scoring this night as Howard came on and shut down the Senators over the last 5 innings, fanning 5 and allowing only 3 hits during his stint. Barons 8, SBC 2.
The DC Wood Play-offs opened with all first round games played last night.
The first seeded Arlington Silver Bullets used some leaky DC Cardinals defense to score early, and used strong pitching to coast to victory in their opener, 13-1. Conlin started for the Bullets and went 5 innings to get the win. The Bullets' Costa led the offense, going 3-3 with a double, 2 RBIs, and a BB.
The Falls Church Barons won a weird one, 11-0, over the Washington Thundercats, but the score alone would not suggest how this game went. The Barons, who led most of the way during the regular season, lost the first seed, in part, when they lost their last game of the season to the Thundercats, who spent most of the season near the bottom of the standings. So the Barons were looking for a little revenge, but were not having much success through the first 6 innings. Until the seventh there only 3 hits between the two the teams, and no runs, and with some lights issues at Lee, it looked very much like this game was going to end in a tie. Then came the seventh. The Barons offense rolled a seven in the bottom of the seventh. With 4 more in the 8th, the Barons suddenly had a very comfortable cushion. The Barons' McClure went 7, allowing only 1 hit, no walks, 13K's and Howard closed it out with three strike-outs over hie two innings of relief. Caylor had 3 big hits with 2 RBI and Brown doubled twice to drive in 2. The Barons only faced one above the minimum in 9 innings played.
The Alexandria A's, of whom it seems we always have to say about their Play-off games, "they have been here before", once again proved tough in a tough game. The Grays' Quinn and A's Tinnesz dueled for almost four innings until the Grays strung together some solid hits and induced some errors to jump ahead 3-0, sparked by an RBI double off the fence by Turlik, his first of two RBI extra base hits on the night . But, the A's answered quickly. Omeir drove in Fruth with a double in the top of the 5th. The Grays suffered a balked in run in the 6th, and the A's got two runs in each of the 7th and 8th, to take a 6-3 lead into the ninth. Tinnesz exited after 7, and his relief was strong for one inning, but the Grays, who have also "been here before", did not wither. With bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 9th, Lohrman came in for the save. The Grays pushed across one run on a passed ball, another on a ground out, and then, with the tying run at 3rd base, just seconds from the drop-dead time limit, Lohrman forced another ground out out to end the game. Final score was 6-5, A's.
The Arlington Mallards entered the Play-offs as the sixth seed against the third seeded Senators Baseball Club. In this, their inaugural season the Mallards absolutely had not "been here before". But they have now, and their first ever Play-off game could not have gone much better for them. The Mallards went up in the first inning when Colin McMahon shot a 2 RBI line drive up the middle to score Mac Gill and Cam Kostyack. That 2-0 lead lasted until the seventh inning when Mike Ryan, standing on third after a leadoff triple was batted in by Mitchell Rhode's 2 out double. The following inning, Kyle Kirsch connected with a thunderous 2 run home run blasted into the trees in dead center at Wheaton Regional Park. The Mallards would plate one more in the 9th inning to cap their 6-0 opener upset. The Mallard's dominating mound performance was a combination of Phil Reese and Gus Gill. Phil Reese started and threw a scoreless 5 innings, fanning 8. Gus Gill entered the game in the 6th inning and put the Mallards defense on cruise control - throwing 4 scoreless innings, giving up only 2 hits, while striking out 9. The Mallards hope to end this Series with a home win tomorrow at West Potomac.
The Falls Church Barons and the Senators Baseball Club were scheduled to meet at Blair this evening. A very large amount of water fell from the heavens in the time from the opener of this Series last Thursday through Sunday. Finally, all fields in the area had dried from a washed out weekend and a beautiful sunny day was set to melt into a perfect night for baseball with a forecast that estimated the chance of rain at 0%. At about 6pm, that 0% chance of rain became rather wet and very quickly. By game time, there was no chance of play this night. This game is reset for Wednesday, 8pm, same location. We shall see.
Because of this reschedule, if a third game is necessary, it will be moved to Friday, rather than Thursday. Time and Location will remain McLean, at 7:30pm.
The main body of rain was reduced to just a short sprinkle at Frank Mann and the Alexandria Athletics were able to host the Arlington Silver Bullets, hoping to extend this Series after a blow-out loss last Thursday. There is a tradition and institutional toughness in the A's and it came out tonight as the A's stayed alive to play again this Thursday. The A's offense, dormant in the opener, awoke for 11 hits and 9 runs. The Silver Bullets did not go easy, however. The Bullets entered the top of the 8th down 9-3. But, apparently happy to be facing someone other than A's starter Lohrman, quickly doubled their night's production over the first 7 innings to cut the A's lead in half. After the A's added nothing in their half of the eighth a Bullet leadoff walk in the top of the 9th was ominous to A's fans with the top of the Silver Bullets lineup looming. After two outs, that leadoff runner scored on a single that brought the tying run to the plate. A deep fly ball to left center field hung in the air just long enough for the left fielder to make the out, and the A's forced a Game 3 with a 9-7 win. Simon led the A's offense with 3 hits, and Garboczi and Anderson each had 2 hits, for a total of 5 RBIs between them. Lohrman recorded the win and Bryner got the save.
|Barons, Barons, Barons|
|Starting to cool off|
The Falls Church Barons benefited early from free passes and errors by the Crystal City Federals defense in the second game of the Fall Championship Series. The Barons jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 2. Barons starter, Ayers, cruised through 5, finally allowing an unearned run in the top of the 6th. The Barons responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring 4 more with Fogelman and Lezak's RBI doubles. Ayers got a little stiff during the long half inning, and when he went back out for the 7th, he was clearly out of gas. The Feds used 4 walks and 3 singles to get within 4 runs, but the Barons called on reliever, Chavez, who got a key K to end the rally. The Barons got one of the runs back when Anninos tripled to deep center and Taran drove him in on a ground ball to the infield. In the top half of the inning, Chavez K'd two and induced a ground ball to earn the Save and game #2 for the Barons. Lezak had two hits and 3 RBI, and Brown had two hits and an RBI to pace the Barons offense. Ayers picked up the win.
|Weather still great unseasonably late|
The Falls Church Barons opened up the championship series with a 14 -0 win over the Crystal City Federals. The game was close for the first three innings, but things took a bad turn for the Federals in the 4th when the Barons took advantage of some free passes and key hits to drive in 10 runs. Nanarello's bases clearing triple and DiJulio's double down the line were the highlights of the breakthrough inning. Barons starter, Ryan, was phenomenal, throwing 7 innings of 2 hit ball and striking out 13 batters. The Barons added 4 more in the 8th, highlighted by Brown's 2 run HR. Chavez closed out the game for the Barons.
|Seed holds in this Semi-final|
This is why the regular season is important. The Arlington Silver Bullets played 8 games over the last 15 days. They had a tough Series with the Cardinals that went the distance. They came into this Semi-final a little ground down but hung tough to get to another rubber match. Meanwhile, the Crystal City Federals had earned a bye due to their regular season success and they came into this Series like Nixon in '68 - rested and ready!
The Federals got the scoring started early, with Sean McCliggit driving in two runs in the bottom of the first with a single. The Federals added another run in the bottom of the third. The Bullets battled back in the top of the 4th, and picked up two runs to make this a ball game. And the game stayed close for the next two innings, but the Bullets pitchers were winding down like an energizer bunny when the commercial ends. Finally, the Federals Dan Alvarez broke the game open with a 3 Run Home Run over the center field fence. Rafael Hernandez picked up the 7-3 win, throwing a masterful complete game.
The Barons, upset victors over the A's, step into the shoes of the top of the higher seeded bracket and will have home field advantage in the Championship Series that begins Saturday at Frank Mann.
|It appears weather is going to cooperate|
A few drops fell right at 2pm, then nothing since. Small groups of clouds moving by until game time when we may get another few drops, but looks like nothing more than something to settle the dust. Unless something VERY unusual occurs between now and 8pm, tonight's game is ON
|A bit chilly, but still great weather for baseball|
The Arlington Silver Bullets evened their series with the Crystal City Federals after winning 5-3 in Game 2. The Bullets built a 5-1 lead after 3 innings but the Federals fought back. The Bullets' starter, Polk, who was strong through 4 innings, began to tire in the 5th and the Federals scored 2 runs to cut the deficit in half. Polk started the 6th inning but was clearly done when he loaded the bases with a walk, a single, and another walk. Mahl entered for the Bullets with the bases loaded and no one out and pitched out the jam with back-to-back strikeouts and a popup. The Federals' starter Snyder settled in and shut down the Bullets offense after the 3rd inning giving his team an opportunity for a comeback. The Federals loaded the bases again in the 7th with 2 outs but Mahl pitched out the jam with a strikeout to end the threat. Klein and Harrah carried the Bullets' offense as Klein finished 3-4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored while Harrah was 2-3 with a run scored and an HBP.
Rubber match of this Series will be Thursday, November 3, 2016, 8pm, W. Potomac.
The Falls Church Barons started off the scoring in the first inning against the Alexandria A’s when Brown’s first RBI hit of the day scored Taran who had led off the game with a single. In the fourth, the Barons loaded the bases and then scored four runs on a walk, a sac fly and a 2 RBI double by McEnheimer. The Barons scored three more in the fifth. Nannarello doubled off the left field fence, then with two outs, Anninos drove him home. Then Browned mashed a towering 375+ drive to CF, clearing the scoreboard, for a 2 run homer to end the Barons’ scoring for the day. Ayers went 7 & 2/3 innings on the mound for the Barons, during which he had the benefit of some solid defense. Schragger made some key plays at first, diving for two force plays at the bag. Taran and DiJulio turned two key double plays to end A's rallies and Vanderbosh threw out two runners trying to steal second base. But Ayers' smooth road hit a bumpy patch in the top of the 8th when he walked the bases loaded and then walked two runs in. Although clearly tiring, Ayers got a K and groundball to get within and out of ending the inning. However, Ayers plunked the next batter to re-load the bases and brought the tying run to the plate. Barons turned to reliever, Chavez, for the 4 out save. Chavez's first pitch induced a groundball to second, ending the A's rally. With one last chance, the A's got the lead off man on in the top of the 9th, but that's all they got as Chavez induced 2 ground balls and a K to secure the Barons win for Ayers. Chavez earned a save and Brown continued his red hot playoffs going 1-2, HR, 2 Sac Fly's and 4 RBI in the Barons 8 - 4 win. The Barons advance to the Championship and await the outcome of the Crystal City Federals - Arlington Silver Bullets Series.
The Federals took Game 1 of that Series with a 6 - 3 victory last night.
The Feds jumped out to 1 - 0 lead in the third, then put two more on the board in the fifth when Hernandez’ RBI single added one run. Then Hernandez stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored when the throw to third skipped into the outfield. The Feds scored three more in the 7th behind a two run single by Warfield. Egan started for the Federals and went 8 before Hernandez came on to pitch the ninth. Between them they held the Bullets to two hits and three runs in the Federals’ 6-3 win.
|Weather makes for Great baseball|
On one of the more beautiful fall ball days in recent memory, the Alexandria A's and Falls Church Barons squared off in game one of their DC Wood Championship semi-final. The Barons jumped out to a quick 1-0 after Ayers drove in Anninos in the top of the 1st. But there was no more scoring for the next four innings as Beasley for the A’s and Glaser for the Barons went tit for tat through 5. In the 5th, the A's finally broke through when Omeir hit a 2 run HR and another walk and triple got another run in. The A's led 3-1 going into the 7th, and would've escaped with their lead intact but for a dropped throw at first that would have finished an inning ending double play. A run scored as a result of that error. Then Brown smacked a double to drive in two more and give the Barons a 4 to 3 lead after 7. In the bottom of the 8th, the A's rallied again using a walk, stolen base and a double to tie the game. No damage was done in the 9th, and the crowd got some ‘free baseball’. In the bottom of the 10th the A's got the first two men on and the 3rd man roped a single to load the bases. But Barons reliever, Ryan, settled down and got two crucial K's to get out of the inning. Barons 3rd baseman, Brown, saved the game for the Barons as he blocked a bouncing backpick throw with the winning run 90 feet away; Brownie picked it before it could head to the outfield. In the 11th Nanorello led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. However, Schragger and Glaser could not punch him in. Garcia then followed, and after a 3-2 battle, flared a blooper to right, driving in Nanorello, giving the Barons a one run lead, and beginning a two out rally that finally woke the Barons offense. Two walks and 4 hits, including doubles from Ayers and Brown, drove in 6 more runs. But the A's did not fold. In the bottom of the 11th the A’s got the first three men on, and all three eventually scored. But Ryan once again settled down and K'd 2 of the last 3 batters to end the threat. Matt Ryan picked up the win and Brown paced the Barons offense going 4-5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.
|Weather again just perfect|
The start of tonight's rubber match in the Series between the Arlington Silver Bullets and the DC Cardinals at West Potomac HS did not start until 8:30pm, and almost didn't happen. The field lights refused to ignite until the Cardinals’ Medina, a master electrician, finally got the lights on. The delayed start effected the outcome in that the time limit shortened the game to 8 innings. The Cardinals’ starter, Ayala pitched a marvelous game. Unfortunately he was at a significant disadvantage because only 8 Cardinals showed up for the game, leaving him with but two outfielders. Ayala is a fly ball pitcher and, particularly in the first two innings, he suffered when routine fly balls flared just outside the reach of either of the only two Cardinal outfielders and turned into doubles or triples. Exploiting their advantage mercilessly, the Bullets built a 5-0 lead in the first two innings. However, after the first two innings, Ayala adjusted, and held the Bullets to only one additional run before tiring and being relieved by Ramos with one out and two on in the seventh. Meanwhile, the Bullets’ Mahl was equally marvelous from the mound and held the powerful Cardinal lineup hitless until the fifth, when he, pitching on short rest, also began to tire. The Cardinals scored two in the fifth and two in the sixth to cut the Bullets’ lead to two runs. In the seventh, Mahl, clearly struggling, walked the first two batters and it appeared that the Cardinals’ were about to take the lead. But Mahl found some reserved energy after inducing a fly ball to right, and he got the next two out with a K and a ground ball to second. In the bottom of the seventh, Ayala, also clearly tiring, returned the favor and walked the first two Bullets before a bunt SAC moved both runners up with only one out. After Ayala tossed two balls to the next hitter, it was obvious he had exhausted his reserve and Ramos came on with one out, runners at second and third and a 2-0 count on the hitter. But Ramos was up to the challenge, and induced two ground outs without yielding a run and kept the game within reach. In the top of the eighth, Mahl, facing the top of the Cardinals order and pitching on fumes, got a quick out when Fisher, leading off, just got under a hanging curve ball and flied out to left. Mahl then walked Ramos, who raced to third when Dunant singled. Ramos then scored on Rodriques’ RBI single, which sent Dunant to third. Now the Cardinals had runners at the corners, only one out, the lead cut to one and Mahl pretty much ‘done’ when dangerous hitter McLoad stepped to the plate. When he sent a scorching ground ball up the middle, it appeared the Cardinals were going to tie the game and put two more runners at the corners with still but one out. However, the Bullets’ shortstop snared the ball just before it was about to find some outfield grass, and turned a nifty double play and ended the inning with the Bullets still ahead 6-5. In part because of the late start, that was the Cardinals’ last chance. The time limit ran out before the start of the bottom of the eighth. There would be no ninth inning. The Bullets got a 6-5 win and move on to face the Crystal City Federals Sunday evening at McLean.
The Bullets Mahl got a complete game win. The Bullets’ Johnson finished 4-4 with 2 triples, an RBI double, and an RBI single. Mahl helped his cause at the plate with an RBI single, 2 BBs, and an HBP.
|Tight baseball - game turns on one play|
The Washington Grays took this year's DC Wood AA Summer Championship with a game that just slipped away from the Senators Baseball Club. Into the 6th inning the teams were tied at one. Both teams were getting runners on base. Neither team was having much success in getting any home. With runners on first and second in the bottom of the sixth, a single up the middle by the Grays gave them hope for a score as the runner from second was waived home. But that hope died as he was gunned down at the plate. The runner from first and the hitter, then attempted to move up after the throw to the plate, but the Senator's catcher reacted quickly after making the tag at the plate and he fired a bullet to third. Maybe the throw was a bit off, maybe the third baseman's reaction was, but that throw careened off of the fielder and ricocheted out-of-play. The runner coming into third was therefore awarded home, and it was determined that the hitter had already reached second when the throw to third got away so he was awarded both third and home. That was the ball game. The Grays scored two meaningless runs in the eighth, but the Senators could not mount any offense over the last three innings, and the game ended with the Gray winning, 5-1.
|Wet, hot, humid Championship|
The weather, again made itself part of the story. It was hot. It was humid. It rained and delayed the game for a bit. Then it stopped raining, and that allowed a continuation of another of this summer's regular stories - Barons hitting.
A's pitchers were sturdy, recording 11 K's but could not contain the Barons' potent offense, who recorded 16 hits and 13 runs. The hits started in the first inning when McEnheimer doubled in the leadoff hitter for a 1-0 lead. Then in the third inning when doubles off the fence by Bolden and Aninos were capped by a 3-run HR by McEnheimer, that would have been the only offense needed to win today. But the Barons got another run in the fourth and then, in the 6th, after a HBP, the Barons rained 5 consectutive hits that provided 5 more runs. Once the A's began trailing in the first, they never caught up. Barons' starter Ryan and reliever Mintz scattered 8 A's hits for only 2 runs, and the Barons supported their pitching with some strong defense, highligted bytwo diving catches in left by Caylor. The A's 2 RBIs were driven in by Lohrman and Simon. Final score 13-2, Barons who won the series 3-1. McEnheimer had 4 hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle for the Barons and Bolden had three hits today.
Congratulations to the Falls Church Barons not just for this year, but for their cumulative excellence! This is the third DC Wood Title for the Barons, including one AA Championship ('08) and two AAA Championships ('12, '16). Four players remain from the '08 title (Lord, Nelson, Caylor, Martinez). Harold Schragger, a 10 year DC Wood veteran and former (long suffering) Arlington Senators legend, captures his first title.
|2016 Summer AAA Champions|
Friday, July 8
|2016 DC Wood All Stars|
You cannot say we did not warn you. We predicted this could be the entertainment value of the summer. If you were not there, you missed it!
It is often said that good pitching defeats good hitting, and defense wins games. Like all generalities, those are nonsense. Silly. Meaningless. And last night they were also irrelevant. The pitching was very good for both the Industrial All-Stars and the DC Wood All-Stars. The fielding for both teams was close to flawless. But it did not matter. Great hitting is a thrill to watch and both teams put on a show.
In the very first inning, the Industrial All-Stars' Haught sent an offering from the DC Wood All-Stars' starter Fletcher (Navigators) high into the right field sky and over the fence, giving them an immediate 1-0 lead. It was mostly an Industrial All-Stars show at the beginning, interrupted only by a solo shot by DC Wood All-Stars' Turlik (Grays) in the bottom of the second inning that tied the game. Long time Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver often said his favorite offensive play was the three run homer. In the top of the third, the Industrial All-Stars' Haught came to bat for the second time, this time with two runners on base, and the result was Weaver’s favorite play. For Haught, two at bats, two HRs, and the Industrial All-Stars took a 5-1 lead. Only three DC Wood All-Stars came to the plate in the bottom of the third, all in vain. In the top of the fourth, the Industrial All-Stars smacked balls all over the yard and scored 5 more runs to take a 10-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning. In the fourth, DC Wood's Torres (Barons) reached on an error, and Polofano (Grays) made them pay knocking him in with a double to the gap. However, the Industrial All-Stars got their nine run lead back quickly by scoring another run in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth the DC Wood All-Stars started their show. Greeny (Newshounds) and Lord (Barons) both singled and both scored on a Torres triple off the right field fence. Turlik followed with a RBI single that cut the score to 11-6. In the sixth, the Industrial All-Stars scored again to extend their lead back to 12-6. Farias (Barons) then cut the deficit by one with a RBI single, and followed that by scoring from first on a booming double by Chetti (Navigators). In the top of the seventh, the Industrial All-Stars were finally retired in order by McEnhimer (Barons), who needed only 9 pitches. In the bottom of the seventh, DC Wood got two runs when Torres doubled and Turlik followed with his second HR of the night.
Chetti took the ball in the top of the eighth for the DC Wood All-Stars and put down three straight Industrial All-Stars aftering hitting the leadoff batter. Then in the bottom of the eighth Chetti sent a ball over the left field fence to cut the Industrial All-Stars' lead to 12-10, going into the ninth inning. The DC Wood All-Star manager, Rafael Martinez (Barons), brought back rubber armed veteran Fletcher, who had started the game, to try and keep the Industrial All-Stars within striking distance for the DC Wood All Stars ninth. Fletcher walked the first batter on four pitches (probably nerves), but then he got the next three hitters to pop up.
For the bottom of the ninth, The Industrial All-Stars brought in their closer, hard throwing right hander Dante Montgomery (Clementes). He struck out the first hitter, and looked like he was going to cruise. The next hitter, Torres, hit a hard shot that skipped past the third baseman for a double. Turlik then came to the plate as the potential tying run. After already hitting two home runs, it was not likely Turlik was going to see a strike. Four pitches later, first base was no longer open. After Montgomery then got his second strike out and second out of the inning, Culver (Bulls) came up and promptly hit a shot down the left field line that looked likely to tie the game until it was ruled foul. Culver finally worked a walk to load the bases for McEnhimer. Four pitches later McEnhimer also walked to cut the Industrial All-Stars' lead to just one with the bases still loaded, but two out. Farias (Barons) then came to bat and soon found himself in a one ball, two strike hole. But Farias sent the next pitch on a line into right field driving in Turlik from third to tie the game. Then third base coach Bob Smith (Grays) waved in Culver who, with two out had left on contact. The throw from right was a bit up the third base line. Culver's fade away slide eluded the cather's sweeping glove and the DC Wood All Stars had a walk-off win.
DC Wood 13, Industrial League 12
Pictured below are All Star Game Ball winners, left to right, Leno Torres, Jose Farias, Greg Turlik and Matt Chetti
|A's open with three wins in first week!|
The DC Wood Spring/Summer season opened on April 10 in the freezing cold with the Alexandria A's and The Vipers. The A's won, 15-0 as The Vipers were plagued by errors early in the game. Lohrman got the win, combining with Garboczi to strike out 13 in the 7-inning 1-hit shutout. Bilock and Garboczi each scored three times for the A's.
On April 13, the A's prevailed against their traditional rival The Senators Baseball Club, 13-6 in a time-shortened 8-inning game that featured 20 strikeouts and 19 walks. The A's offense blew it open in the top of the 4th, scoring 5 runs on 4 walks and 2 errors, but they also put 11 hits into play throughout the game. Miller scored twice and had a multi-hit game, as did Simon and Joseph for the A's. Garboczi pitched 7 strong innings to get the win. The Senators surged in the 8th and final inning to put up 3 runs against the A's relief pitching, but it was too little too late, as Skellchock took the mound with the bases loaded and no outs, and closed it out by retiring 3 consecutive batters.
Finally, yesterday, the A's beat the Industrial Baseball League Clementes, 10-5, with Simon leading the A's offense with 2 hits and 3 RBI. Garboczi and Rivera also had multi-hit games. Halisky notched 2 RBIs and a stolen base in his first game in an A's uniform since 2014.
In other action yesterday, the Silver Bullets dropped a close game to the IBL Senators, 4-3. The teams played 4 innings of scoreless baseball before the Senators struck with a 3-run 5th inning. The Bullets rallied twice but fell just short in the end.
Finally, the Durwood Bulls opened with a win over the IBL Fairfax Indians.
|Winter held off one last time - beautiful day for baseball|
The Alexandria A's added to their illustrious history with another Fall Ball Championship victory, as they finished a Series sweep of the Arlington Silver Barons. Starting with WARBL (since absorbed by DC Wood), the A's have now won 20 Championships, including Spring/Summer, Fall and Tournament Championships. This was no walk in the park for the A's, who were not the first seed. That was their opponents in this Championship Series, the Silver Barons, who had the best record in the regular Fall Ball season.
Garboczi started on the mound for the A's against the Silver Barons, and he went the distance, but the highlight of this game, the play that seemed to make the outcome inevitable, was a triple play in the sixth. With two on and no outs, a sharp line drive heading for left field found Kassman's glove at short, and quick throws to second and first led to an immediate end to the inning and the beginning of the end for the Silver Barons. Final score was 12-6.
|Fantastic All Star game|
DC Wood may have to follow the lead of British and European Soccer Leagues and move some teams around. The All Star game between the AAA Division and the AA Divison was won by the AA Divison 12-9, in a very close game. The teams were tied at 8 after 8. This was a game that looked like a developing blow-out when the AAA team put up 4 in the first inning. But the AA team hung in and finally won going away. Congratulations to the AA All Stars!
|One down, One to go!|
It was both huge and anti-climactic. The Arlington Silver Bullets won their first ever DC Wood Championship, sweeping the Northern Virginia Knights in three games, including a decisive 18-3 win today to take the DC Wood AAA Summer Championship. It was a bit anti-climactic in that the Knights did not field a full squad. With only eight guys in the field, Bullets well placed hits fell too often and made the last game in little doubt.
The AA Championship did not end today. The Senators Baseball Club extended the AA Division Championship Series with a win this afternoon 7-4 in a well played game by both teams. Edsel started for the Senators and pitched an excellent game going 5and 2/3 innings. He allowed 2 earned runs on only three hits and had 7 strikeouts. Ittenbach came out of the pen and pitched a strong 3and 1/3 innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 4. He got the last 10 outs while facing only 12 men. Quinlan led the Senators’ attack with 4 hits 2 stolen bases 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted In. Kassman added 2 hits and 3 runs scored. His triple in the seventh gave the Senators the 3 run cushion they ended with. Ittenbach had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Wallace had 2 hits.
|A beautiful evening for baseball|
The Washington Grays came up big in the clutch this time. After stumbling in the Championship final last year, they went wire to wire this year. Denenberg started on the mound for the Grays. He also finished, although the Senators Baseball Club did not go easy. The Grays came out smoking and took a 'forfeit' lead (9-0). But when Denenberg appeared to tire in the middle innings, the Senators attacked, loading the bases in the fifth and the sixth. But some fine defense limited the result to two runs, until Castle smacked a three run homer to lower the Gray's lead to 4 runs. But, except for giving up another run scoring double to Castle, Denenberg drew on some energy reserves and finished as strong as he started. The Grays offense went back to work in the seventh and eighth with three more runs and after a 1, 2, 3 ninth Denenberg and the Grays had a 12-6 win and the DC Wood AA Championship.
|Beautiful weather for Fall Ball|
The Alexandria A's defeated the Lost Dog Cafe Silver Bullets today, 7-2 to win the DC Wood Fall Ball Championship. Beasley started for the A's and battled throughout the game. The Bullets seemed to have baserunners and threatened to score in almost every inning, but Beasley kept putting out fires for seven innings. Fletcher came on and pitched the eighth and ninth to close it out.
|Rain holds off|
It truly was a game of inches. The Alexandria A's beat the Lost Dog Cafe Silver Bullets to take a big lead in the Championship Series, but the game turned on the closest possible margin. Both starting pitchers went
the distance, Mahl for the Bullets and Fletcher, who earned the win, for the A's. Both pitched well. The Bullets
scored their lone run in the third inning on an RBI double by Pall. The
A's came right back in the fourth to score on a bases loaded walk to Kassman, who got the two RBI that mattered this night.
The score remained 1-1 until there were 2 outs in the top of the eighth inning. Joseph, whose walk off hit won the first game of this series, kept the A's eighth alive with a two-strike basehit that put runners on second and third. That brought up Kassman. Mahl induced a slow grounder to third, that was fielded cleanly followed by an accurate throw to first that came within a whisker of ending the threat. However, Kassman, running hard, beat the ball to first by a millisecond, and got his second RBI and the lead for the A's. The A's
immediately added one more run on a RBI bouncer by Mansfield into the hole between short and third that made it 3-1. When the Bullets could not score in the ninth, that score became final.
Fletcher gave up only 4 hits while recording 8 K's. On offense, the A's Kassman went 3-4, with 2 walks, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Wannen was 3-4, with a double and a run scored. Mansfield was 2-5, with a RBI and and a stolen base, and Dozier was 2-4, with a walk.
The Series continues with a game at 9:30am this Saturday at Frank Mann.
Today's AAA Championship game, like every game of this Series, was shaping up for a ninth inning of intensity. Every game but one of this Series was fought by two teams with no quit. Every game included late inning comebacks. Every game but one ended with the winner ahead by only one run, and the one that was not a one run game ended with the losing team having the bases loaded and the potential winning run at the plate in the ninth inning. Given the Series and this game, everyone at the field anticipated similar action as the BBQ took the field in the top of the ninth to try to hold onto a one run lead.
The Alexandria A's had broken on top in the first inning when A's manager Barkett drove a two out, two strike line drive into left field to knock in the A's lead off batter whom the Tenleytown Barbequers' starter Dahlberg had walked to start the game. The A's added to that lead the very next inning, when Bilock also stroked a two strike two out RBI hit. But Dahlberg held the A's to but one more run before retiring the mound to Stuart in relief. Meanwhile, the A's ace Lohrman battled, occasionally let down by his defense. By the seventh inning the BBQ had scored 6 runs and had a comfortable 6-3 lead. It got less comfortable in the eighth. The A's scored two in the top of the eighth to bring the game within one. Lohrman, still on the mound, blanked the BBQ in the bottom of the eighth to give the A's their comeback opportunity. Stuart was looking good for the BBQ, however, getting the first batter on a K, and then two strikes on Barkett. But Barkett gave the A's a life with another hit, and the A's brought the potential lead run to the plate with only one out. Then it was over. On the first pitch then next hitter send a scorching sinking liner to the right side that was scooped up by the BBQ second baseman who immediately flipped the ball to first to double the runner desparately trying to get back. Did the second baseman catch it cleanly or trap it? Was the runner diving back to first safe or out? The plays were very close and the ending was abrupt. But the plays were made and the Tenleytown Barbequers had fought for and earned the DC Wood AAA Championship with a 6-5 win.
In contrast, the AA Championship seems destined to go on forever. There have been no close game wins. Both the Senators Baseball Club and the Washington Grays have each dominated for one win. The Grays took Friday's game 10-0. But there have been two close games. Those ended in ties. So in this 5 game Series, the teams have played 4 games and the Series is knotted, 1-1. Very strange. It continues at noon at MLK tomorrow.
|Play-Off baseball in gorgeous weather|
Finally, a close game. The evenly matched Washington Grays and Senators Baseball Club took turns clubbing one another through six games of a their five game series. There were two ties, but no close games. Tonight, in their seventh game, with the Series knotted at two games apiece, a game finally stayed close. For the Grays, Quinn was almost unhittable. For the Senators, Matias matched him. There was only one real scoring opportunity during the first eight innings. In the fifth the Grays got a man on second with one out and the next hitter sent a smash back through the box that looked like an RBI single on its way. But it hit Matias on the ankle and ricocheted directly the first baseman for an easy put out. Matias was able to continue, and his stuff did not suffer as the next batter was also retired to end the only real threat the Grays developed. The Senators mounted no real threat to Quinn for eight innings, but by the top of the ninth, he was tiring just a bit. Desperate to get a baserunner, the first Senators' batter in the ninth leaned into an inside pitch and got hit, but to no avail. The umpire quickly ruled the batter sought the contact and did not award the base. However, he then worked a walk. The next hitter laid down what was clearly a SAC bunt attempt, but the bunt was so well placed that he got himself an infield hit. Then a ground ball to third blew up the game. A high throw to first went out of play and the Senators had the first run of the game, and runners at second and third. The next hitter sent a ground ball to short that was so soft that, even with the infield in the shortstop had no play at the plate. The hitter was put out at first, but he had himself an RBI for the second Senators run. The next two hitters were retired, but the Senators had a two run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Matias returned to the mound and got two quick outs. Then a base hit created just a bit of tension, but when the next hitter was easily retired, the Senators were the AA Champions with a 2-0 victory.
Beer and baseball have been linked probably since the invention of the game. In every professional baseball stadium the Anheuser-Busch sign is the largest advertising sign in the stadium. Having a beer after a game is a time honored tradition - very close to an inalienable right! BUT, at every Location where we play, ALL alcohol is banned. No alcohol is allowed on the premises, including parking lots, at any time. It is actually a criminal offense.
In addition, if anyone in our League is ever caught on any of our Locations with alcohol at any time, there is a very real risk that all of us would lose the right to play ball at that or any other Location in the same jurisdiction. Therefore, time-honored tradition or not, we cannot tolerate any alcohol being brought onto the premises of any Location where we play. It cannot be there, whether opened or unopened, imbibed there or merely being held for later. No exceptions. Not in your hand. Not in your cooler. Not in your vehicle. No exceptions.
So - if you are caught with alcohol in your possession, and 'possession' will be very loosely defined, at any of our Locations at any time, you WILL BE SUSPENDED. If there is another offense, the penalty will increase, and will include a fine, a longer suspension or even banishment from the League. Fail to adhere to this policy at your peril.
|Rain, snow, sleet, etc.|
There is a Weather update phone number for Fairfax County fields, but it is so infrequently updated that we are not publishing it here - no point. For Fairfax County, unless there is a general closing of ALL fields, the League and individual managers must make all decisions as to whether or not a game is to be cancelled.
This is NOT true with regard to Montgomery County and Prince George's County Regional Park fields. At those fields, the field supervisors make the decisions and update the 'rain-out' numbers as appropriate. We will monitor those numbers and put up cancellations, but managers and coaches should feel free to check them also. Frank Mann Field in Alexandria has a Rain-Out number which we are publishing here, but it is only marginally reliable. If it says game is cancelled, you may believe it, but a rain out decision can sometimes get pretty old before the 'Rain Out' line is updated.
FOR PLAYERS - no matter where you are scheduled, unless you see a cancellation notice on THIS WEBSITE, or one of the numbers below says a field is cancelled, you MUST GO TO YOUR GAME SITE AT GAME TIME, no matter how bad the weather is where you live, work or otherwise start out. We have had games played on fields where there was rain, sleet or snow a few blocks away, but nothing at THAT field.
Here are the rain-out numbers:
LF Cosca #2 and #4 (Prince George's) 301-927-0822
Montgomery County (all fields) 301-765-8787
Frank Mann Memorial Field 703-746-5597
Wednesday, July 22
|ALWAYS care for our fields!|
Fields in Maryland are dressed for us, both before and after games, so nothing is required there except to police the area for trash. We DO NOT leave any trash in any dugout, even if it was there when you got there.
For fields in Fairfax, DC, Alexandria, and Arlington, we must dress the field after every game. Our goal is to leave every field in BETTER shape than we find it. To that end, all teams MUST have at least one team field rake so that for every Fairfax, DC, Alexandria or Arlington game there are at least two rakes available if none can be found at the field.
After games we fill in all holes at home, on the mound, and at any bases. We also rake the infield dirt to leave it in good playing shape for the next use. If there are tarps, we put them down - ALL of them.
If at game time there has been rain earlier in the day, we adhere to the following:
1. If at game time there is standing water anywhere, that field is too wet to take play.
2. If when walking on the field, you leave a footprint impression either in the grass or the dirt, that field is too wet to take play.
3. If you get out early (at least two hours) and the field is wet but you feel there is time for the field to dry with some work before game time, you can rake as needed in the dirt sections, but NO DIRTY WATER IS TO BE TAKEN FROM BASEPATHS - especially no dirty water is to be raked into the grass. Dirty water dries into mud, which then kills the grass! Water can be raked in such a way as to more evenly spread it out in the dirt so it will dry faster, but never take any mud off the field.