Centreville’s Pitching, Tolson’s Walk-off Keep Teams Unbeaten at Area Spring Break Tourneys


April 16 - Hunter Bell and Casey Bach pitched Centreville to two shutouts at the D.C. Baseball Classic and Mike Tolson hit a walk-off home run to give Stafford a win in a Northern Virginia Top 10 match-up at the Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Invitational to lead yesterday’s area spring break tournament action.

Bell, a Virginia Commonwealth recruit, struck out nine and pitched into the seventh inning and Eric Bohenek came on to strike out Connor O’Grady-Walsh with the bases loaded to earn the save in the Wildcats’ 2-0 win over No. 2 Lake Braddock in an afternoon contest. Bach, the youngest of four brothers who have pitched at Centreville, then struck out six while scattering two hits over five scoreless innings before a 13-0 win over Washington-Lee was called due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The Wildcats (9-3) can clinch a spot in tomorrow’s tournament championship game with a win this morning over Narbonne (CA). No. 4 Westfield (11-1) is also undefeated in pool play, and can also clinch a spot in tomorrow’s final with a win over W.T. Woodson. The Bulldogs won twice yesterday, getting 10 strikeouts from Jason Cheifetz in a complete-game outing in an 8-3 win over Stonewall Jackson and three hits and three RBI from Derek Furr in an 11-0 win over Narbonne.

Down in Prince William County, Tolson’s three-run shot slipped over the left field fence to give No. 8 Stafford (11-1) a 5-2 win over No. 5 Potomac (10-2) and a berth in this afternoon’s semifinals at the Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament against Brentsville District (9-0). Tolson’s homer made a winner of Tucker Sullivan, who allowed the Panthers to score a go-ahead run on Julian Cumba’s sacrifice bunt in the top of the sixth, but settled down and posted a three-up, three-down seventh. Tolson had gone five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and seven walks. Brody Mack earned a no-decision after working into the sixth and allowing two runs (one earned).

Brentsville, meanwhile, remained unbeaten after getting three hits and two RBI from Billy Hoad and two hits and two RBI from Mickey Haynes in a 7-4 win over Colonial Forge. The Tigers will meet Stafford at 1:30 p.m. at C.D. Hylton while McLean (7-5) and Rock Ridge (4-6) play in the other semifinal at 1:30 p.m. at Woodbridge.

Below are yesterday’s results for the two tournaments.

Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament:
McLean 6, Colgan 4
Rock Ridge 5, Mountain View 3
Brentsville District 7, Colonial Forge 4
Kettle Run 5, Edison 4
Osbourn Park 14, T.C. Williams 0
Woodbridge 6, Fauquier 3
Marshall 10, C.D. Hylton 2
Stafford 5, Potomac 3

D.C. Baseball Classic:
Narbonne (CA) 4, Chantilly 0
South County, 10, Chantilly 3
Westfield 8, Stonewall Jackson 3
Centreville 2, Lake Braddock 0
Dominion 14, W.T. Woodson 10
George Mason 2, Falls Church 0
Centreville 13, Washington-Lee 0
Westfield 11, Narbonne (CA) 0
Archbishop Spalding (MD) 17, Stonewall Jackson 6
Lake Braddock 11, Gonzaga (D.C.) 5
South County 4, Washington-Lee 2

Below are today’s schedules for the two tournaments.

Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament:
Colgan (7-5) vs. Mountain View (3-5) at Woodbridge, 11 a.m.
Marshall (7-4) vs. Kettle Run (4-6) at C.D. Hylton, 11 a.m.
McLean (7-5) vs. Rock Ridge (4-6) at Woodbridge, 1:30 p.m.*
Brentsville District (9-0) vs. Stafford (11-1) at C.D. Hylton, 1:30 p.m.*
Colonial Forge (6-4) at Potomac (10-2), 2 p.m.
T.C. Williams (3-9) vs. Fauquier (2-7) at Woodbridge, 4 p.m.
Edison (3-8) at C.D. Hylton (6-6), 4 p.m.
Woodbridge (3-6) at Osbourn Park (7-4), 6:30 p.m.
* Semifinal Game

D.C. Baseball Classic:
Washington-Lee (5-8) at Chantilly (5-7), 11 a.m.
Narbonne, CA (10-15) at Centreville (9-3), 11 a.m.
South County (6-6) at Dominion (5-5), 12 p.m.
W.T. Woodson vs. Mount Vernon at Westfield, 12 p.m.
Lake Braddock (11-2) vs. Narbonne, CA (10-15) at Centreville, 2 p.m.
Grace Academy MD vs. George Mason at Dominion, 3 p.m.
W.T. Woodson (1-10) at Westfield (11-1), 3 p.m.
Gonzaga, D.C. (12-4) vs. Grace Academy, MD (7-4) at Dominion, 5:45 p.m.

Photos of Stafford’s Gunther Braendel and Centreville’s Hunter Bell by Michael Greene