August 1 - Three area teams remain alive, winning behind big outings by their starting pitchers yesterday at the American Legion state tournament in Lynchburg.
Mason Posey (Brentsville District) struck out 10 while scattering five hits and allowing one run in 6.1 innings as Warrenton Post 72 West eliminated McLean Post 270 with a 5-1 decision in the day’s first game. After Colonial Heights Post 284 knocked out Albemarle Post 74 with a 15-1 drubbing, Vienna Post 180 slipped past Rocky Mount Post 6, 5-3, behind a complete-game effort by Josh Gjormand (Madison). The left-hander, who will pitch across town at the University of Lynchburg, struck out seven and allowed one earned run on six hits.
In the nightcap, Leesburg Post 34 cruised past Lynchburg Post 16, 15-2, getting six innings from Ryan Dudak (Loudoun Valley). The right-hander fanned six and permitted two runs (one earned) on five hits before Jonathan Sedmack (Loudoun Valley) came on and tossed a scoreless seventh.
Offensive standouts yesterday included Leesburg’s Cameron Kerr (Heritage), who went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI to pace five Post 34 hitters who had two hits. Carson McCusker (Fauquier) went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Warrenton, and Avery Neaves (South Lakes) had two hits for Vienna. Post 270’s Jackson Kantor (McLean) had two hits and finished the tournament 5-for-7.
Today’s three games were moved up to earlier start times due to forecasted rain. Colonial Heights (12-6) will meet Rocky Mount (12-3) in an elimination game at 9:30 a.m., with Warrenton (17-3) playing Lynchburg (7-8) in the other elimination game at 12 p.m. The final game today will pit the two unbeaten teams at the tournament - Vienna (29-2) and Leesburg (16-5) - at 3 p.m.
Day 1 Games (Tuesday, July 30)
Game #1: Vienna 10, Warrenton 0
Game #2: Leesburg 12, Albemarle 4
Game #3: Rocky Mount 9, McLean 4
Game #4: Lynchburg 6, Colonial Heights 2
Day 2 Games (Wednesday, July 31)
Game #5: Warrenton 5, McLean 1*
Game #6: Colonial Heights 15, Albemarle 1*
Game #7: Vienna 5, Rocky Mount 3
Game #8: Leesburg 15, Lynchburg 2
Day 3 Games (Thursday, Aug. 1)
Game #9: Colonial Heights vs. Rocky Mount, 9:30 a.m.*
Game #10: Warrenton vs. Lynchburg, 12 p.m.*
Game #11: Vienna vs. Leesburg, 3 p.m.
Day 4 Games (Friday, Aug. 2)
Game #12: Winner #9 vs. Loser #11, 10 a.m.*
Game #13: Winner #10 vs. Winner #11, 1:30 p.m.
Day 5 Games (Saturday, Aug. 3)
Game #14: Winner #12 vs. Winner #13, 10 a.m.
Game #15: Winner #14 vs. Loser #14, 1:30 p.m. (if necessary)
Photo of Josh Gjormand courtesy of Vienna Post 180 Baseball