October 10 - The Loudoun South Eagles travel program claimed three championships and will play for a fourth tonight in the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League’s Columbus Day Tournament.
The Eagles won championships in the 9U, 10U and Varsity divisions and will play Mount Vernon Patriots Maroon tonight for the 12U title. Nova Premier (13U) and the Loudoun Aces (14U) also claimed titles at the annual tournament, and two more championship games are scheduled for tonight after inclement weather postponements: Diamond Elite against Moose in the JV Division, and the Loudoun Aces against the winner of the South County Stallions/Virginia Cannons Blue semifinal winner.
Aditya Hari drove in five runs and struck out five in five innings to earn the win in Loudoun South’s 18-3 win over FCA Varsity White, Michael Walsh was 4-for-4 with three doubles and two RBI to lead the Loudoun Aces Red to a 12-3 win over MVP Terps Black in the 14U Division, and Garrett Robinson was 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI to pace Nova Premier in a 9-8 win over MVP Terps Blue in the 13U Division.
Championship Game Results - 9U: Loudoun South Eagles 15, Fauquier Raiders 4; 10U: Loudoun South Eagles 6, Metro Senators 2; 13U: Nova Premier 9, MVP Terps Blue 8; 14U: Loudoun Aces Red 12, MVP Terps Black 3; Varsity: Loudoun South Eagles 18, FCA Varsity White 3.
Tonight’s Championship Games - 11U: Loudoun Aces vs. South County Stallions/Virginia Cannons Blue winner; 12U: Loudoun South Eagles vs. Mount Vernon Patriots Maroon; JV: Diamond Elite vs. Moose.
Stars Can’t Hold Late Lead, Fall in Perfect Game Underclass World’s Round of 64
Stars Showcase Baseball’s 17U Red team carried a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning, but surrendered five runs in the frame to U.S. Elite 2019 National and suffered a 7-5 loss in the Round of 64 at Perfect Game’s Underclass World Championship on Sunday in Florida.
Lyle Miller-Green (Lake Braddock) drove in two runs and Ben Williamson (Freedom-South Riding) had two hits as the Stars built their lead in support of starter Jakob Dudley (Culpeper) and reliever Nick Ortega (Paul VI Catholic). But U.S. Elite took advantage of a costly error and reached Ortega, who was pitching in relief for the third straight day, for four hits and a two-run homer to take the lead.
Ortega, who struck out 10 in seven innings over his three outings, went four innings in the loss in relief of Dudley, who was unable to continue after tossing the first frame. Williamson, who returned two weeks ago from an injury, had four hits at the event. Zach Agnos (Battlefield) paced the team with six hits over the Stars’ four games.
Three other teams with players from Northern Virginia also advanced to elimination play only to suffer first-round losses on Sunday: the EvoShield Canes 17U Gold fell 9-1 to eventual runner-up Florida Burn Platinum; the Diamond Skills Dodgers fell to Wisconsin’s Hitters Baseball, 11-3; and the Virginia Cardinals 2019’s fell to the Rawlings National Scout Team, 13-0.
Sanchez, Schroeder Among PBR’s Top 10 in Latest Virginia/D.C. ‘18 Rankings
Two players who will suit up with new programs this spring were ranked among the Top 10 in the latest Prep Baseball Report Class of 2018 rankings for Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Christian Sanchez, a University of Virginia recruit who transferred from Paul VI Catholic to Centreville was rated No. 4, and University of North Carolina commit Will Schroeder, who transferred from Freedom-South Riding from Loudoun County, was rated No. 6. The latest PBR rankings for the class were released yesterday.
Sanchez will join a deep pitching staff for first-year Wildcats coach Scott Rowland in the spring after one season at Paul VI, where he helped the Panthers earn a Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division I state tournament berth. Schroeder, meanwhile, will join an experienced Eagles team skippered by Mark Wrighte that moves up a classification to 5A this year.
Adam Hackenberg, a catcher at Charlottesville’s Miller School who has committed to Clemson University, is PBR’s No. 1-rated recruit in the class for Virginia and D.C.
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