July 26 - Four area posts have locked up berths in next week’s American Legion state tournament in Lynchburg.
Last night in Nokesville, Sam Beard (Brentsville District) went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI as Warrenton Post 72 West overcame an early 3-0 deficit to beat Leesburg Post 34, 8-4, in the District 16 final.
Carson McCusker (Fauquier) added two hits and Billy Hoad (Brentsville District) drove in two runs for Warrenton, which has won eight straight. J.T. McGuire (Battlefield) earned the win in relief and Zach Ewald (Kettle Run) pitched two scoreless frames to earn the save.
Both Warrenton (16-2) and Leesburg (14-5) qualify for the state tournament.
Tonight in Vienna, Vienna Post 180 will host McLean Post 270 in the championship game of the double-elimination District 17 tournament. McLean (19-9) needs to win twice to knock off Vienna (26-2), which has won six of the past seven district championships.
Regardless of the result, both teams have earned berths in the state tournament. Post 180 will be seeking its second straight state title after winning its first since 1990 last summer. Post 270’s first appearance since 1993 comes amid a rapid rebuild in just the post’s second year after not fielding a team from 2006-17.
Tonight’s first pitch is at 7 p.m. at Waters Field, with a playback game scheduled for the same time and location tomorrow should McLean win tonight.
Photos of Post 180’s Avery Neaves, left, and Post 34’s Justin Hanvey, right, by Joey Kamide