Timely hitting and pitching delivered an 11-10 victory for the visiting Falls Church Majors Little League All-Stars at Mason District Park last Friday evening, June 25.
In a game that went back-and-forth, Falls Church took the lead for good in top of the sixth inning on the second of two home runs by infielder Robert Guenther, and went on to win because of dominant sixth-inning pitching by Logan Nesson. The last of three Falls Church hurlers, Nesson faced down the top of a tough-minded batting order that fought to the final pitch.
Mason District struck first in the bottom of the second inning, with Tucker Mack scoring on a hit by Jasper Tyner. Falls Church got on the board in the bottom of the inning, with Johnny Peterson blasting a two-run homer, scoring Ted Terwilliger, who reached base on a walk. Chris Meador and John Anderson scored later in the inning after each hitting singles, pushing F.C.’s lead to 4-1. Mason District scored again in the third, with Ethan Rolland scoring on passed balls and wild pitches.
Falls Church added three more in the fourth on a combination of walks and errors. Things got difficult for the Falls Church side in the bottom half of the inning, however, when three errors, two walks and three passed balls gave Mason District six runs and an 8-7 lead. A solo homerun by Guenther tied the game in the top of the fifth at 8-8. Walks, passed balls and another error gave Mason District two more runs and a 10-8 advantage.
Falls Church scored again in the top on the sixth when passed balls enabled Nesson to make it home after a solid single. Two outs followed, however, before Marsden Davis battled two strikes with a succession of foul balls that ended with an impressive bloop single to keep the game alive. Guenther followed Davis’ hit with a dramatic second home run, putting Falls Church back on top 11-10.
Nesson followed John Anderson and Chris Meador on the mound for Falls Church. Mason District got gritty pitching performances from Lars Ecreg-Warner, Daniel Jeffrey and William DiGuilian.