Friday, July 17, 2015

Top 10 of 2014-15: #7: Glen Allen Baseball Proves They Are For Real

It didn't take long for the Glen Allen Jaguar baseball program to become a team on the rise. And in this, the school's fifth year of existence, players and coaches inside the program were excited about the prospects about breaking down barriers and reaching new heights.

In order to do that, though, they would have to deal with Conference 20 foe, rival, and two-time defending state champion Hanover.

Their first notice to the world was defeating Hanover on the road in April, becoming the first team in the 804 to beat the Hawks.

When Hanover made their trip to Glen Allen on May 15th, they hadn't lost since their first encounter with the Jaguars. It was all the makings of a classic confrontation with the number one seed in Conference 20 on the line.

The back and forth battle, in front of a packed house on Staples Mill Road, went the Jaguars way on Senior Night as starting pitcher Patrick Hall, called upon in the seventh inning to hit in his original place in the order, got the game-winning hit to give Glen Allen a 4-3 win, the bye into the Conference 20 semifinals, and propelled the Jaguars into a postseason run for the ages.

After clinching a 4A South Region berth beating Caroline in the Conference 20 Semifinals (the conference final was cancelled due to rain), Glen Allen beat Denbigh, Powhatan, and, for the third time, Hanover in the regionals. A week later at Liberty University, the 4A State Championship was theirs.

For their comeback efforts on a beautiful spring Friday night, Glen Allen's 4-3 walk-off win on Senior Night over nemesis Hanover earns our #7 spot on the Top 10 Biggest Events on RVA Sports Network in 2014-15!

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