July 5 - Vienna Post 180 is off to a blazing start in defense of its American Legion state championship, winning its first 15 games entering District 17’s All-Star Break.
Eric Lingebach has keyed the fast start and is a major reason manager Nick Good’s team is eyeing back-to-back titles. The former Oakton standout, who is transferring to play at Christopher Newport University, entered the break hitting .473 with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 13 games. Of his 26 hits, 20 have gone for extra bases.
“I’ve never seen a hitter as locked in as Eric, ever,” Good said.
Others have also played key roles. Braden Huebsch (South Lakes) is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in a team-high 22 innings, and left-hander Josh Gjormand (Madison) is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings. Gjormand will play at the University of Lynchburg after earning all-region honors in each of his final two seasons with the Warhawks.
Zach Perkins (Madison), who will play at Washington & Lee University, is hitting .500 with 19 hits, two homers and 18 RBI and he hasn’t allowed a run in six innings over four appearances. “He was an amazing hitter in the spring and it’s continued all summer,” Good said.
“Last year’s team was extremely loose and being around each other was where they wanted to be,” Good said. “This year’s team is having fun too, but they are more workmanlike, probably because of the strong leadership of Josh Gjormand. Everyone follows Josh’s lead.”
Trailing Vienna in the District 17 standings are Fairfax Post 177 (11-3) and Springfield Post 176 (11-5), followed by McLean Post 270 (8-8), Alexandria Post 129 (3-10) and Falls Church Post 130 (4-12). Alexandria Post 24 folded prior to the beginning of the season and teams scheduled to play the team earn forfeit wins.
In District 16, five teams entered the day within 1.5 games of first place. Atop the standings is Warrenton Post 72 West (6-1), followed closely by Ashburn Post 2001 (6-2), Leesburg Post 34 (5-2), Stafford Post 290 Nationals (5-2) and Winchester Post 21, which is 5-5-2 overall and 4-2 in district play.
The district tournaments are scheduled for July 23-27, with the eight-team double-elimination state tournament held from July 30 to Aug. 3 in Lynchburg. The Virginia champion will advance to the Mid-Atlantic Regional held from Aug. 7-11 in Asheboro, N.C., with region champions advancing to the World Series held from Aug. 15-20 in Shelby, N.C.
Locals Beat Southern Maryland in All-Star Game at Waters Field
Players from District 17 teams defeated players representing American Legion teams in Southern Maryland, 9-6, in yesterday’s annual All-Star Game at Waters Field in Vienna.
Those selected to the game include: Huebsch, Lingebach, Gjormand, Perkins, Avery Neaves (South Lakes) and Seth Richards (Oakton) from Post 180; Jackson Kantor (McLean), Jack Hoeymans (Langley) and Colin Jones (Herndon) from McLean Post 270; Jay Nesson (George Mason), John Kerns (Marshall) and David Favero (Madison) from Falls Church Post 130; Sean Werfel (Washington-Lee), Trey Haley (Washington-Lee) and Gideon Fenster (Yorktown) from Arlington Post 139; Jaden Cox (T.C. Williams) and Ryder Duncan (St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) from Alexandria Post 129; Thomas Aguila (Fairfax), Richie Dudley (W.T. Woodson) and Bryce Johnson (Fairfax) from Fairfax Post 177; and Sam Freeborne (Paul VI Catholic), Calvin Pastel (West Springfield), Alec Reilly (West Springfield) and David Giorgis (West Springfield) from Springfield Post 176.
The Maryland team included players from Calvert Post 85, Hughesville Post 238 and St. Mary’s Post 255.
Photo of Post 180’s Eric Lingebach by Joey Kamide
Note: Standings view as table on desktop or when mobile device is held horizontally.
|Warrenton Post 72W||6-1||6-1|
|Ashburn Post 2001||6-2||6-2|
|Leesburg Post 34||5-2||5-2|
|Stafford Post 290N||5-2||5-2|
|Winchester Post 21||5-5-2||4-2|
|Culpeper Post 330||3-5||3-5|
|Warrenton Post 72E||1-5||1-5|
|Front Royal Post 53||1-6||1-6|
|Stafford Post 290A||0-6||0-6|
|Vienna Post 180||15-0||15-0|
|Fairfax Post 177||11-3||11-3|
|Springfield Post 176||11-5||11-5|
|McLean Post 270||9-5||9-5|
|Arlington Post 139||8-8||8-8|
|Alexandria Post 129||3-10||3-10|
|Falls Church Post 130||4-12||4-12|
|Alexandria Post 24||0-18||0-18|