August 11 - Four Northern Virginia natives took the field this week with Maryland’s Crabfest National 19U team at the AAABA National Tournament in Johnstown, PA.
The four players - Robinson graduates Tyler Jumper (Christopher Newport University), Andrew Suppa (CNU) and Christian Kim (Washington and Lee University) and Brentsville District grad Kyle Darmstead (CNU) - helped the team advance from pool play before falling to Martella’s Pharmacy (PA), 7-0, in yesterday’s quarterfinals.
The team, which is skippered by DeMatha Catholic coach Sean O’Connor, was the youngest team in the tournament, with no players having reached their 20th birthday.
Crabfest advanced to elimination play after winning two of its three pool play games, getting seven strikeouts over seven one-hit innings in a 2-1 tournament-opening win over Diamonds Buddies Hawks (N.Y.) on Tuesday. Jumper walked four batters in the opening frame to help the New York City club score its lone run, but settled down from there. Suppa was 2-for-3 with a walk and scored a run, and Kim was 1-for-2 with a walk.
“I felt confident for the most part,” Jumper told Johnstown’s Tribune-Democrat after Tuesday’s win. “As the game went on, I was able to hit the zone very well. But all around, everyone did a good job.”
Crabfest, which went 15-9-1 this summer, dropped its second game, 2-0, to the New Orleans Boosters before drubbing Chicago’s Satchel Paige All-Stars, 20-4, in its final pool play game. Suppa went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI in the win over the Chicago team, and finished the tournament 5-for-14.
Darmstead took the loss yesterday after allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings. He finished the summer 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in 26.1 innings. Jumper finished 2-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 18.1 innings.
The annual tournament hosts 16 collegiate summer league teams featuring players ages 22 and under. In its 73rd year, the event was last won by a local team in 2002, when the Arlington Senators of the now-defunct Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League won it for the fourth time in five years.
Photo of Tyler Jumper courtesy of Crabfest Baseball