Travel Notebook: Snyder Bucks Runner-up at Diamond Nation World Series 

July 13 - The Snyder Bucks 17U won their first six games before falling in last night’s championship game at the Diamond Nation World Series in Flemington, N.J. 

Ed Wagner (Highland School) struck out five over 4.1 innings and Adam Dressler (Highland School) and Jakob Dudley (Culpeper County) combined for 2.2 scoreless innings in relief in a 5-2 win over Pennsylvania’s LVBA Prospects in the semifinals yesterday afternoon. The win was the team’s eighth straight. 

In the final, the Bucks fell behind early against All Out Baseball when the New Jersey club reached starter Blake Fisher (Highland School) for five runs before chasing him with two outs in the second inning. Evan Evans (Highland School) and Tyler Kaltreider (Highland School) pitched well in relief to keep the Bucks in the game, but they were unable to rally. 

Andrew Yoon (Jefferson) reached in all seven games at the tournament, hitting .517 (8-for-14) with two walks, four doubles and three RBI. In pool play, Jacob Lawler (Battlefield) went the distance in a 4-3 win over the Northtown (N.Y.) Nationals, Tanner Ray (Colgan) struck out six while allowing one unearned run in 6.1 innings in a 4-1 win over New Jersey’s Hustle Baseball Academy. Declan Downey (Kettle Run) pitched five scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over New York’s Crusaders Baseball Club in the opening round of bracket play on Thursday. 

Locals Help Molina Stars to Quarterfinals at Perfect Game WWBA 16U Championship

Several area players helped the Molina Stars advance to the quarterfinals at the Perfect Game WWBA 16U National Championship in Georgia this week. 

The Stars, who had 12 players from Northern Virginia on their 20-man roster, went 7-0 in pool play and beat New Jersey’s Tri-State Arsenal Scout Team, 3-2, on a two-run walk-off single by James Triantos to begin bracket play on Thursday. They would use a five-run fifth inning to beat Memphis (TN) Tigers Griggs, 6-2, before having their run end on Thursday evening with a 2-0 loss to Georgia’s Team Elite 16U Scout Team, the eventual tournament champion. 

Triantos, a rising sophomore at Washington, D.C.’s St. John’s who has committed to North Carolina, hit .320 (8-for-25) with three doubles and 11 RBI and recorded 11 strikeouts while allowing three runs in 8.2 innings over his two outings. Warren Holzemer (Robinson) hit .417 (10-for-24) with three doubles, a triple, seven RBI and scored 10 runs, while Evan Smith (Briar Woods), a West Virginia recruit, hit .389 (7-for-18) with eight runs and four RBI. Connor Hale (Broad Run) hit .320 (8-for-25) with a double, three triples, six RBI and eight runs and Danny Salisbury (Annandale) hit .350 (7-for-20) with four RBI. Collin Tuft (Madison), a Virginia recruit, added seven hits. 

On the mound, Hale struck out 10 while walking five and permitting two runs (one earned) over 11 innings. He went the distance in Thursday’s quarterfinal, taking a hard-luck loss after allowing two runs (one earned) in six frames. Dean Kampschror (Justice), a Virginia commit, fanned 10 with six walks while allowing four runs (two earned) in 10.2 innings. Salisbury and Nathan Williams (Forest Park) also pitched well, combining to allow just one unearned run while striking out 13 in 12.1 innings. 

Marucci Stars’ Jensen Swings Hot Bat in Georgia

Max Jensen (Lake Braddock) had hits in all seven games for Marucci Stars Thompson at the Perfect Game 16U WWBA National Championship in Georgia. 

The leadoff man finished the tournament 9-for-15 with three walks, a home run, five RBI and six runs as the Stars finished 3-4. He had two multi-hit games. The Stars had three teams at the event, with the program going a combined 8-10-3. 

Sponsor: The magazine’s Travel Notebook is sponsored by the Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League. For more information on the NVTBL, visit its website at

Photo of Andrew Yoon courtesy of Snyder Bucks