McLean to Face No. 8 Stafford in “Let’s Play Two” Final; Centreville Remains Perfect at D.C. Classic


April 17 - McLean brothers Griffin and Drew Stieg each had three hits and combined for three RBI in an 8-2 win over Rock Ridge, and No. 8 Stafford overcame a 6-0 deficit in a 7-6 win over No. 9 Brentsville District as the two teams advanced to today’s championship game at the Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament.

Both the Highlanders (8-5) and the Indians (12-1) are 3-0 at the tournament entering today’s final, which will take place at 4 p.m. at C.D. Hylton. It’s the third championship game appearance in four years for McLean, which won in 2016 and lost to Potomac last year. The Phoenix (4-7) and the Tigers (9-1) will play in the third place game at Woodbridge at 1:30 p.m.

Stafford come from behind to win its past two games, beating No. 4 Potomac, 5-3, on Mike Tolson’s three-run walk-off homer on Monday and using a five-run bottom of the fourth as a catalyst in its comeback win yesterday over previously unbeaten Brentsville District. Jimmy Baker had a two-run double while Grant Fuller and Elijah Lambros had RBI singles during the big inning, then Kazuya Jordan and Tucker Sullivan drew bases-loaded walks on Tigers reliever Mickey Haynes for the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth.

Sullivan tossed the final two innings to earn the victory. The sophomore right-hander has pitched two innings in all three games at the tournament, earning the save in a 5-2 win over Kettle Run on Saturday, and the win the past two days.

In consolation game action at the Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament, Joe Vogatsky struck out seven and scattered two hits in a complete-game effort in Kettle Run’s 2-1 win over Marshall, Potomac’s Matt Drumgold stole home for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh as Potomac edged Colonial Forge, 3-2, and Harrison Whitt hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th to give Fauquier a 1-0 win over T.C. Williams.

Notable in today’s action is two brothers squaring off when Colgan coach Mike Colangelo faces his younger brother, Dave, the coach at Colonial Forge, at Woodbridge at 11 a.m.

At the D.C. Baseball Classic, Centreville (10-3) improved to 4-0 at the tournament behind right-hander Eric Bohenek, who tossed a complete game and limited Narbonne (CA) to three hits in a 5-1 win. The Wildcats have allowed just three runs entering today’s game against Stonewall Jackson (3-9). Offensively, Centreville has been led at the tournament by third baseman Gavin Collins, who is 6-for-13 with five runs and four RBI, and outfielder Thomas Trinca, who has remained hot after winning Saturday’s Home Run Derby while going 5-for-9 with two walks, three RBI and four steals.

W.T. Woodson both of its games yesterday at the D.C. Baseball Classic, blitzing Mount Vernon, 18-0, before upsetting No. 5 Westfield, 2-1, in a pitchers’ duel between the Cavaliers’ Zach Lieberman and the Bulldogs’ Danny Leo. Both pitchers went the distance and allowed three hits, with what amounted to the winning run coming in on a squeeze bunt by Richie Dudley to give Woodson a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth.

The tournament will not hold an official championship game, as teams agreed before the event that if the top two teams were from the same district, they would instead play teams from outside their district on the final day. Despite yesterday’s loss, Westfield would have been Centreville’s opponent in the final based on a better runs-allowed differential than No. 3 Lake Braddock (12-2), which is 3-1 at the tournament after yesterday’s 6-1 win over Narbonne (CA).

Below are yesterday’s results for the two tournaments.

Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament:
Kettle Run 2, Marshall 1
Colgan 6, Mountain View 0
Potomac 3, Colonial Forge 2
Stafford 7, Brentsville District 6
McLean 8, Rock Ridge 2
Edison 8, C.D. Hylton 3
Fauquier 1, T.C. Williams 0
Osbourn Park 3, Woodbridge 0

D.C. Baseball Classic:
Chantilly 19, Washington-Lee 2
W.T. Woodson 18,  Mount Vernon 0
W.T. Woodson 2, Westfield 1
Lake Braddock 6,  Narbonne, CA 1
Centreville  5, Narbonne, CA 1
Dominion 9, South County 1
George Mason 8, Grace Academy, MD  4
Gonzaga, D.C. 8, Grace Academy, MD 6

Below are today’s schedules for the two tournaments.

Eddie Hope “Let’s Play Two” Tournament:
Colgan (8-5) vs. Colonial Forge (6-5) at Woodbridge, 11 a.m.
Fauquier (3-7) vs. Edison (4-8) at C.D. Hylton, 11 a.m.
Brentsville District (9-1) vs. Rock Ridge (4-7) at Woodbridge, 1:30 p.m.**
T.C. Williams (3-10) at C.D. Hylton (6-7), 1:30 p.m.
Kettle Run (5-6) at Osbourn Park (8-4), 2 p.m.
Mountain View (3-6) at Potomac (11-2), 2 p.m.
Marshall (7-5) at Woodbridge (3-7), 4 p.m.
Stafford (12-1) vs. McLean (8-5) at C.D. Hylton, 4 p.m.*
* Championship Game   ** Third Place Game

D.C. Baseball Classic:
Lake Braddock (12-2) vs. Washington-Lee (5-9) at Westfield, 11 a.m.
Stonewall Jackson (3-9) at Centreville (10-3), 11 a.m.
South County (6-7) at Chantilly (6-7), 12 p.m.
Gonzaga, D.C. (13-4) at Westfield (11-2), 2:30 p.m.
W.T. Woodson (3-10) vs. Narbonne, CA (10-17) at Centreville, 2:30 p.m.
Archbishop Spalding, MD (12-6) at Falls Church (3-6), 4:30 p.m.

Photo of McLean’s Drew Stieg by Joey Kamide and of Stafford’s Jimmy Baker by Michael Greene