Although the official Opening Day celebration for Falls Church Kiwanis Little League is this Saturday, April 17, teams playing in the Majors division began their season on April 10.
The Opening Day celebration begins at 9 a.m. at Westgate Park, and Delegate Jim Scott and Mayor Robin Gardner will join hundreds of kids (more than 450 local kids are expected to play little league this year) and their families for a parade and ceremony. There will be the traditional throwing of the first pitches, as well as some brief speeches and the like.
Organizers also hope to bring in all of the high school seniors in the area who once played in the league.
Results from April 10:
Cubs 6 – Yankees 2
Cub’s speedster Ned Quill hit the second pitch of the new season for a single, and was promptly doubled home by Thomas Beddow, as the Cubs got off to a fast start on their way to a 6-2 win over a stubborn Yankees squad.
The Yankees got strong defensive support from Jack Rasmussen and Daniel Reinfurt.
Players who got their getting their first hits in “the Majors” included the Yankees’ Jack Fletchall and Reinfurt, as well as the Cubs’ Jacob Plata and Max Miller.
The Yankees’ Zach Talamonte struck out seven in four and two thirds innings of work, while the Cubs’ Daniel Schlitt struck on six in two innings and Beddow fanned six during his four innings of work. Schlitt and Johnny Peterson contributed hits for the Cubs.
Orioles 12 – Nationals 0
Pitcher Jamie Handley held the Nationals hitless for four innings, with John Anderson coming in to preserve the no- hitter.
Handley contributed two homers to the winning cause.
The Orioles got off to a fast start when Jake Abruzzi drove in Mardsen Davis in the top of the first inning.
The Nationals got Christopher Meador into scoring position in the fourth inning, but sharp Oriole pitching and fielding combined to hold the Nationals runless. Remarkable plays by Orioles first baseman John Anderson and catcher Marsden Davis highlighted the Orioles defense.
Red Sox 11 – A’s 7
The Red Sox prevailed 11-7 over the A’s in the opener for both teams at Westgate Park.
Zach Lang led the charge for the Sox with two hits, four RBIs and three-plus innings of excellent work on the mound.
Ted Terwilliger had two hits and reached base in all five of his at bats.
Defensively, shortstop Nathaniel Scheinman threw out two runners at home plate, and right fielder Alex Dorsey made two big catches, including a fine running grab to quell an A’s rally in the bottom of the sixth inning.
For the A’s, hard-throwing Logan Nesson pitched two hitless innings in relief and also smashed a long home run over the left-field fence.