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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Babe Ruth World Series: Day 4

Glen Allen, the host team, has clinched the #1 seed from the National Division and a berth in Friday's championship semifinals, thanks to a 12-run explosion over three innings to hand Middle Atlantic champion Broomall-Newtown, PA their first tournament loss Tuesday night, 12-2.

Glen Allen, now 3-0, faces Janesville, Wisconsin Wednesday evening. Wisconsin is fighting for the third and final playoff berth in the National Division. Boonville could finish out of the running, or as high as the #2 seed in the National with a win over Pennsylvania Wednesday at 1pm combined with a Glen Allen victory later in the evening.

The American Division's three representatives in the championship rounds are set, as Phoenix, Arizona and Gainesville-Haymarket, Virginia each are 3-0, while Greenville, North Carolina took an 8-2 win over Glacier, Montana for their second win, eliminating Montana and Waterford, Connecticut, who are both 0-3.

Day 4 Results:

Boonville, MO 4, Nederland, TX 0
Greenville, NC 8, Glacier, MT 2
Gainesville-Haymarket, VA 9, Waterford, CT 3
Glen Allen, VA 12, Broomall-Newtown, PA 2 (5 innings)

Standings (*--completed pool play):

National Division:
Glen Allen, VA: 3-0
Broomall-Newtown, PA: 2-1
Janesville, WI: 1-2
Boonville, MO: 1-2
Nederland, TX: 1-3*

American Division:
Phoenix, AZ: 3-0
Gainesville-Haymarket, VA: 3-0
Greenville, NC: 2-2*
Waterford, CT: 0-3
Glacier, MT: 0-3

Wednesday Schedule:

Waterford, CT vs. Glacier, MT, 10am
Boonville, MO vs. Broomall-Newtown, PA, 1pm
Gainesville-Haymarket, VA vs. Phoenix, AZ, 4pm
Glen Allen, VA vs. Janesville, WI, 7pm

Monday, August 18, 2014

Babe Ruth World Series: Day 3 Finals....

There was some rain, but it didn't stop Day 3 of pool play from being completed Monday at Glen Allen Stadium as the 13 Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series continued.

Monday Finals:

National Division:

Broomall-Newton, PA 7, Nederland, TX 2
Janesville, WI 9, Boonville, MO 5

American Division:

Phoenix, AZ 13, Glacier, MT 3 (6 innings)
Greenville, NC 3, Waterford, CT 2

Standings After Day 3:

Glen Allen, VA (Host Team) 2-0
Broomall-Newtown, PA (Middle Atlantic) 2-0
Nederland, TX (Southwest) 1-2
Janesville, WI (Ohio Valley) 1-2
Boonville, MO (Midwest Plains) 0-2

Phoenix, AZ (Pacific Southwest) 3-0
Gainesville-Haymarket, VA (Va Champs) 2-0
Greenville, NC (Southeast) 1-2
Glacier, MT (Pacific Northwest) 0-2
Waterford, CT (New England) 0-2

Nederland, TX vs. Boonville, MO, 10am
Glacier, MT vs. Greenville, NC, 1pm
Gainesville-Haymarket, VA vs. Waterford, CT, 4pm
Broomall-Newtown, PA vs. Glen Allen, VA, 7pm

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Babe Ruth World Series: Day 2

Here are the Sunday finals from the 13 year-old Babe Ruth World Series being held at RF&P Park:

Pacific Southwest (Phoenix, AZ) 10, Southeast (Greenville, NC) 5
Southwest (Nederland, TX) 2, Ohio Valley (Janesville, WI) 0
Host Team (Glen Allen) 12, Midwest Plains (Boonville, MO) 1 (5 innings)
Virginia (Gainesville-Haymarket) 3, Pacific Northwest (Glacier, MT) 1

Current Standings:

Glen Allen, VA (Host Team): 2-0
Broomall-Newtown, PA (Middle Atlantic): 1-0
Nederland, TX (Southwest): 1-1
Boonville, MO (Midwest Plains) 0-1
Janesville, WI (Ohio Valley): 0-2

Phoenix, AZ (Pacific Southwest): 2-0
Gainesville-Haymarket, VA (Va Champs): 2-0
Glacier, MT (Pacific Northwest): 0-1
Waterford, CT (New England): 0-1
Southeast (Greenville, NC): 0-2

The top three teams in each division advance to the single elimination, two-day championship tournament, which begins Thursday at 5pm.

MONDAY SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Broomall-Newtown, PA vs. Nederland, TX, 10AM
Boonville, MO vs. Janesville, WI, 1PM
Phoenix, AZ vs. Glacier, MT, 4PM
Waterford, CT vs. Greenville, NC, 7PM

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Moving On: West End Post 361 Loses Lead, Gets It Back For Marathon Win

West End Post 361 had to like their chances entering the eighth inning Wednesday night with a 9-4 lead on the host Leesburg Post 34 at the American Legion State Tournament in Purcellville.

But Post 34 began crawling back into the game. Play after play, run after run would score like a steady drip until the game was tied 9-9 by the time the inning ended.

It was time for another bit of magic for a team known for their last-inning comebacks.

Going toe to toe with the home team into the 13th, Drew Barker was tonight's hero, singling home Beano Shealy with the game-winning run, then fending off Post 34 in the bottom of the frame for a 10-9 victory.

Post 361 is now 16-6 overall, but more importantly, 2-0 in the double-elimination tournament. They next face the other unbeaten team left in the field, Albemarle Post 74, Thursday at 4pm. The winner of that game earns a berth in the championship final beginning Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

American Legion State Tournament: Post 361 Wins Opener...

They're back to their original script.

After holding a 5-0 lead, West End Post 361 saw Big Island Post 217 claw back into Tuesday's first round game in the American Legion State Tournament, scoring three in the top of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.

But this was a small hill to climb compared to other mountains the team has faced in July, this month of comebacks for the dubbed "361 Mafia". Craig McLane hit a game-tying double, then scored on the eventual game-winning single by Drew Barker, leaving the rest to starter Nic Phelps, who struck out eight and closed the door in the ninth to secure the 7-6 first round victory.

West End Post 361 improves on the season to 15-6, and more importantly, advance in the winners bracket of the tournament, getting a full day of rest for its determined, but undermanned, pitching staff. Not having to play again early Wednesday in the elimination bracket is a huge bonus for the team's championship chances.

Tomorrow night at 7:30, 361 will face the winner of the final game of day one of the tourney between Roanoke Post 3 and Leesburg Post 34.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Champions: West End Post 361 Explodes For Championship Win...

It's possible that West End Post 361 came into their two-game American Legion District 11 Tournament Finals with top-seeded Mechanicsville Post 175 not only knowing they had to win twice to capture the tournament title, but desiring to stay away from yet another situation where they would have to live up to their late-season mantra: "The Comeback Kids".

They'd much rather be called the "361 mafia", thank you. That mafia used every aspect of the sport, from pitching and defense to slow rollers and long bombs to jump on Mechanicsville Post 175 for nine runs in the first two innings en route to a 13-5 win to capture the District 11 crown.

"It's different to be on this side of the ball, but it's nice," said catcher Will Black. "When you have the lead, you can attack their hitters a little better."

That's just what Patrick Hulihan did. The lefty worked seven innings, getting out of several tricky situations, only serving up one mistake that turned into a grand slam home run for Post 175, which cut the by-then 12-0 lead in the fifth to 12-4. Otherwise, Hulihan did what Patrick Hall did Tuesday and Nic Phelps accomplished Monday, with strong outings on the hill that went deep into the game so 361 did not have to worry about their lack of pitching depth.

"Unbelievable work; they both located their three pitches: the fast, the curve, and the change, both kept them off-balance," Black explained. "They're a real aggressive team, so you need good off-speed pitches for first strikes to get ahead. Unbelievable job."

Black described the starting rotation of Hulihan, Hall, Phelps, and Tyler Magee as having the mentality to know each time they are given the ball, they need to produce seven plus innings of solid work. In the past 48 plus hours, Phelps and Hall pitched eight apiece, tonight Hulihan went seven.

Hall hit his second home run in as many games, a grand slam down the right field line, the biggest shot in a seven-run second inning that took a 2-0 game and turned it into a developing 9-0 rout. But 175 wasn't nearly done.

After the Trevor Denton grand slam in the fifth, 175 loaded the bases twice more. Josh Lam, who struck out with the bases jammed before the Denton home run, had three opportunities at the plate with three runners aboard. He produced two strikeouts and a sacrifice fly for Mechanicsville's final run. After a final 361 run was scored in the ninth, 175 went quietly in the final three outs. Mechanicsville left 13 runners on base.

West End improves to 14-6 and advances to the State American Legion Tournament that begins Monday in Purcellville, Virginia. Brackets and directions will be posted here on our website as soon as they are available to us.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BASEBALL: West End Post 361 Forces Winner Take All Championship Game

The pitching of Patrick Hall, solid defense, and the gift of the sixth inning together send West End Post 361 to the American Legion District 11 Championship Game after holding on for a 9-6 win tonight over Mechanicsville Post 175 at L.C. Bird High School.

Hall pitched 8 innings, striking out two while keeping Mechanicsville off balance, getting only four hits in the first eight frames. Hall tired in the ninth, walking the first two batters before allowing a double and single before being replaced by Kyle Saltzberg. He ended with a line of five runs on six hits with three walks to go with the two strikeouts. Take away the work in the final inning, and the line is more indicative of his overall work.

Hall also homered in the fifth inning for the game's first run. Post 175 starter Patrick Holler had matched Hall's performance to that point. Holler fell apart in the sixth. After a Craig McLane flyout, Holler walked both Drew Barker and Will Black. Clean-up hitter Kyle Battle then greeted reliever Thomas Renfro with a double to left-center to score both runners.

Drew Scott followed with a single, then Battle scored on a fielders choice by Eric Crain. Crain advanced to second on a wild pitch to Hall, then Hall singled to left scoring Crain. Hall advanced to second on the play, then scored when shortstop Josh Shepherd threw wildly to first on a grounder by Nick Koutsoukas, scoring Hall with the inning's final run.

Post 361 (13-6) added two in the eighth and one in the ninth, and needed them, as Post 175 rallied for five runs in the ninth before finally running out of steam.

The two teams have split their four meetings this season: 1-1 in regular season play, 1-1 in this tournament. Tomorrow's 7pm game sends one to a District title and the State Tournament in Purcellville beginning Monday, and one to the end of the road.