The George Mason High School varsity baseball team went on the road to Rappahannock County for its Bull Run District opener Tuesday and came away winners, defeating the Panthers 8-0 behind the strong arm of senior pitcher Brian Lubnow.
Lubnow threw a complete game for the Mustangs, striking out 13 Panthers, and giving up only three hits and one walk.
The defense behind Lubnow played error-free ball.
Mason’s offense was productive all the way through the batting order.
Senior Tyler Roth hit two singles and drove in four runs. Senior P.J. Anderson and sophomore Stephen Lubnow also singled twice.
Sophomore Jack Trainor hit a run-scoring double, and seniors Quinn Casteel and Evans Mandes and sophomore Max Kaplow hit singles. Mandes and junior Tyler Duncan each scored two runs.
The victory lifted the Mustangs’ record to 2-4.
In March the team went up against larger, non-district schools, losing narrowly to Loudoun County, 5-4, in its season opener.
The opener’s highlight was Trainor making his first career varsity hit with a third inning single.
The team followed up with another loss, 5-0, to Broad Run on March 24.
During spring break, the team started its tournamentwith back-to-back games, eking past Washington Lee (5-4) and losing to Chantilly (12-2), on March 31. On April 1, the team narrowly lost to Woodson High, 9-7.
The Mustangs finished third in last year’s Bull Run District tournament, losing in the district semifinals with an overall record of 12-8.
Mustang Head Coach Adam Amerine told the News-Press at the season’s outset that he “[expects the team] to be very competitive in every game this season,” forecasting a district title and a presence in the regional tournament.
The Mustangs faced Oakton High School on Wednesday evening in a makeup contest from their Spring Break tournament. Results were not available at press time.