Championship Friday: Spartans Upset Top-Ranked Bruins, Win Patriot District Title


May 19 - West Springfield continues to have the formula others in the area haven’t solved, riding the pitching and hitting of sophomore Jake Roberti past No. 1 Lake Braddock, 7-2, in Friday’s Patriot District championship game.

Roberti went the distance in a gritty 98-pitch outing as the Spartans (12-10) snapped a nine-game winning streak by the Bruins (19-3) and won their third district title under coach Jason Olms.

“He’s grown up a lot,” Olms said of his young right-hander. “We knew ne had ability, we just weren’t sure how he was going to handle things. He started off the year a little rough, and how he’s progressed over the year, it’s been very impressive.

“I was impressed with his poise on Friday. As long as he was throwing strikes, he was going to stay in there.”

The defending state champions have won seven of nine since a five-game midseason losing streak and earned a bye to Friday’s Region 6C quarterfinals, where they will host the winner of Colgan (11-11) and T.C. Williams (8-14). Over its past 27 games, Lake Braddock is 1-4 against the Spartans and 21-1 against all other teams.

Roberti’s poise helped him get through one of the area’s top lineups, one that had reached double-digit run totals in four of its previous five games and 11 times this season. He shook off Miller-Green’s long first-inning fly ball that was caught at the wall by center fielder Alec Reilly, then shook off Miller-Green’s solo homer in the third that cut West Springfield’s lead to 2-1.

“A lot of pitchers would get rattled by that, but he got out of it and calmed himself down,” Olms said of Miller-Green’s loud out in the first. “After Lyle did the same thing with his home run in the third, [Roberti] kind of smiled and said, ‘I didn’t make a terrible pitch’. He just kept throwing strikes and he only walked one, and against that lineup, that’s a tough thing to do because they’re so disciplined. He just kept grinding, and it was good to see.”

Roberti, who also went 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace the Spartans’ eight-hit effort, stranded four runners in scoring position and struck out Bobby Leitzel with two on to end the game. West Springfield put the game away with four unearned runs off Miller-Green in the top of the seventh.

The Bruins will host Woodbridge (8-10) on Tuesday in the opening round of the region tournament.

Westfield Posts 14th Shutout, Beats Centreville for First Concorde Title since 2010

Joe Clancy struck out 16 and tossed No. 2 Westfield’s 14th shutout of the season and the Bulldogs scored the game’s lone two runs in the first inning en route to a 2-0 win over visiting Centreville and their first Concorde District championship since 2010.

Clancy retired the first 11 batters he faced - including the first six via strikeout - before Thomas Trinca’s two-out single ended his no-hit bid in the fourth inning. He didn’t allow a base runner to reach scoring position while improving to 7-0 with a 0.15 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 46 innings this season. In his three starts against the Wildcats (15-7), Clancy is 3-0 with 40 strikeouts in 19 scoreless innings.

Kevin Mackmin got Westfield (19-3) on the board with a one-out double in the first, then came around to score when Centreville shortstop Derek Haynie misplayed Derek Furr’s two-out ground ball. Mackmin’s hit was the only one Eric Bohenek would allow as the Wildcats’ starter retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced, including 11 straight to finish his complete-game outing. He had seven strikeouts.

Centreville will host Stonewall Jackson (5-17) on Tuesday in the first round of the Region 6D Tournament. Westfield receives a bye to Friday’s quarterfinals and will host the winner of Osbourn Park (13-6) and Yorktown (16-6).

No. 8 McLean Beats No. 10 Yorktown for 12th Straight Win, First Liberty District Title Since 2009

Robert Wegmueller and Zavyor Zenk combined on a four-hitter and Anthony Luu, Tio Graybill and Andrew Liao had consecutive run-scoring hits to break a 2-2 tie in the third inning as No. 8 McLean beat visiting No. 10 Yorktown, 8-3, in the Liberty District final on Friday.

The win was the 12th straight for the Highlanders (17-5), who claimed their first district title since 2009 and a bye to Friday’s Region 6D quarterfinals. They will host the winner of Tuesday’s opening round game between Stonewall Jackson (5-17) and Centreville (15-7).

Liao and Jackson Kantor each had two hits to pace McLean, which hasn’t lost in six weeks. Wegmueller earned the win after surrendering two runs on four hits in four innings, while Zenk allowed one run over three hitless innings to earn the save.

The Patriots (16-6), which fell short in their attempt to win back-to-back district titles, will host Osbourn Park (13-6) in Tuesday’s first round.

Curley’s 3-Hit Shutout, 15 K’s Leads West Potomac to 2nd Straight Gunston District Championship

Jimmy Curley struck out 15 and pitched a three-hit shutout as West Potomac beat visiting T.C WIlliams, 9-0, on Friday to claim its second straight Gunston District championship.

Curley, a High Point University recruit, needed just 76 pitches - 62 went for strikes - and he carried a perfect game into the fifth before Will Crochet broke up his bid with a single to left field. He didn’t walk a batter while improving to 5-2 with a 0.78 ERA, and has 60 strikeouts to just three walks in 36 innings this spring.

Justin Bassett and Jacob Trumbo each had two hits and two RBI to pace the Wolverines (15-4), which has won seven straight and will receive a bye to Friday’s Region 6C quarterfinals. They will host the winner of Hayfield (5-14) and Robinson (14-8). West Potomac has won back-to-back titles after snapping a 24-year championship drought last spring.

The Titans (8-14) will host Colgan (11-11) in the opening round on Tuesday.

Drumgold’s Big Day Leads No. 6 Potomac Past Forest Park, 13-5, for Cardinal Title

Matt Drumgold went 3-or-4 with four RBI as No. 6 Potomac erased an early 2-0 deficit with 10 runs over the second and third innings en route to a 13-5 win over visiting Forest Park on Friday in the Cardinal District championship game.

Adrian Touch added three hits, while Braden Mack and Ben Thomas each had two hits and an RBI and Brody Mack and Josue Cumba had two RBI apiece for the Panthers (19-3), which won its seventh straight and receives a bye to Wednesday’s Region 5D quarterfinals.

Forest Park (12-10) also earns a bye in the Region 6C Tournament, and on Friday will host the winner of Tuesday’s opening round game between Annandale (6-16) and Justice (15-7).

Kelley Fans 14, Lauer Homers as Marshall Wins National District for 6th Straight Year

Robert Kelley struck out 14 over 6.2 innings and Corey Lauer’s solo homer sparked a five-run fifth inning as host Marshall pulled away for an 8-1 win over Justice in the National District final on Friday.

The win was the eighth in nine games for the Statesmen (15-6), who have won the league title in each of the past six seasons. Kelley had two hits and two RBI while Danny Hoffman and Drew Hiller added two hits apiece. The Wolves (15-7) got two hits from Archer Rutledge.

Marshall will host Chantilly (11-11) in the opening round of the Region 6D Tournament on Tuesday. Justice hosts Annandale (6-16) in a Region 6C first round game on Tuesday.

Photos of, clockwise from left: Jake Roberti courtesy of West Springfield Baseball, Westfield’s Joe Clancy by Fred Ingham, Jimmy Curley courtesy of West Potomac Baseball, and Marshall’s Robert Kelley by Jim Halling