Despite their home field advantage in the Babe Ruth state tournament, the Falls Church-Annandale 13U squad was unable to capitalize on their status as hosts of the tournament, dropping their only two games, 7-4 to Lane of Charlottesville on Thursday and 8-1 to Williamsburg on Friday.
Although they practically coasted through the district tournament, FC-A was a perfectly courteous host for the state tournament, bowing out early in the event.
In their opening match of the tournament against Lane, FC-A led 3-2 going into the third inning. However, the previously stalwart defense of the “Big Green” was unable to hang on to the tight lead, as Lane scattered four hits to take the lead for good.
Despite the three-run difference, FC-A managed to have only one less hit than Lane. Andrew Bladen singled twice, while Kellie Duncan, Mikey Ferguson, Jon Freeman and Ethan Leventhal added to the FC-A offense on the night.
Hoping to redeem themselves in the Williamsburg game, FC-A showcased great defense through three innings, as it was scoreless going into the fourth. However, a couple lapses on the part of the Big Green pitching, and a bases-clearing triple by a Williamsburg hitter put the host FC-A into a 5-0 hole, clearly one too deep for them to climb out of.
The lone run for FC-A came in the fifth inning when Alex Suarez singled, then came in
to score a Tyler Duncan single to left. However, they were unable to rally for any more runs on the night.
While FC-A was unable to move on past their first two games, McLean-Great Falls advanced to the final three, but was eliminated this week by Eastern Loudoun.
The 13-15 FC-A team did not fare much better than their 13U counterparts, as they were “two and through” in their tournament at Langley High, losing Thursday to Dinwiddie and Friday to Augusta, both by 5-2 scores.
Both Congressman Tom Davis (R – Va., District 11), and Jim Moran (D – Va.,
District 8) threw out First Pitches to add to the excitement of the event.
This was the first time in over 30 years that FCABR has hosted a State
Since Virginia will be hosting the 13U World Series in Purcellville this year (August 17 to 24), the champions, Glen Allen, will go directly to the World Series. The runner-up in the state tournament, East Loudon, will then represent Virginia in the Southern Regional Tournament to be held in Union City, Tennessee. However, since East Loudon could not field a team during that period, the second Runner-Up, McLean-Great Falls will go in their stead.