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Baseball Week 6 Recap

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our Baseball Week 6 Recap. Read on for highlights and stories from all of our leagues and teams this weekend, from BABL A to our travel leagues.

BABL A

Sluggers (1-4) vs Launchers (0-4-1)

16-3

And they’re on the board! Highlighting our baseball week 6 recap is the Sluggers, cashing in with their first win of the Fall Season… and what a win it was! All 11 Sluggers reached based at least once, headlined by Kevin H. who had a perfect day at the plate (3-3, 2B, 2 R, 3 SB). Reed S. (Launchers) looked solid in relief as he showed Koa A the newest weapon in his arsenal… a nasty changeup!

Next Week: Sluggers vs Crushers; Launchers vs Mashers

Launchers (0-4-1) vs Crushers (1-3-1)

8-8

The Launchers and Crushers dazzled in a tie for the ages. After the Launchers pushed ahead to an 8-0, the Crushers clawed back scoring 8 unanswered run with big hits from Hector K., Garrison K., and Brady B. The Crushers showed a lot of heart in this one, making them a very dangerous team as playoffs draw near.

Next Week: Launchers vs Mashers; Crushers vs Sluggers (Gm 1), vs Bombers (Gm 2)

Bombers (5-1) vs Homers (1-4-1)

11-7

Next up in our Baseball Week 6 Recap, the Bombers are now tied for the BABL A lead after a close victory over the up-and-coming Homers. RJ H. (Bombers) notched a quality start pitching 3 innings and allowing only 1 run. After the Bombers blew the game open, the Homers did not quit! Aitan Y. and and Michael L. chipped in with huge base-hits to keep the rally going. The Bombers were able to hold off the late-Homer surge in the final inning.

Next Week: Bombers vs Crushers; Homers vs Factory

Baseball Factory (5-1) vs Mashers (5-1)

9-6

In the Baseball Week 6 Recap Koa Game of the Week, we saw two powerhouse rivals face off in what could be a preview of the Fall Championship Game. As expected, this one was close throughout. Cooper G. (Mashers) kept Factory hitters off balance all day as he went on to pitch 3 solid innings. In a tie game in the middle innings, Factory took the lead and never looked back. Mark your calendars for the playoff rematch of these two giants! 

Next Week: Factory vs Homers; Mashers vs Launchers

BABL AA 

Splitters (3-2) vs Farmers (2-4)

7-1

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Splitters have relied on quality pitching and speed on the base paths thus far, and both delivered this weekend in a victory over the Farmers. Luca P. started off strong pitching 3 innings and striking out 8, while his teammate Jonah S. came in to shut the door in the final two innings. The Splitters once again stole double-digit bases en route to a 7-1 win to kick off our BABL AA Baseball Week 6 Recap.

Next Week: Splitters vs Fastballs (Gm 1), vs Sliders (Gm 2); Farmers vs Screwballs

Farmers (2-4) vs Curveballs (1-5)

15-13

The Farmers rebounded in Game 2 to win a high-scoring nail-biter over the Curveballs. Players from both teams padded their stats with huge offensive days. For the Curveballs, CJ N. hit a homer in his 3rd consecutive game and Aaron F. went 2-2 with 5 RBI (his first two hits of the season). The Farmers were led by Shane M. who got on base 4 times. He also came in to get the save by striking out two Curveballs to end the game.

Next Week: Farmers vs Screwballs; Curveballs vs Changeups

Changeups (5-0) vs Fastballs (1-4)

12-10

The Changeups remain unbeaten in our Baseball Week 6 Recap as they held off a late Fastball rally Saturday morning. In this back-and-forth matchup, the Fastballs jumped ahead to a 5-1 lead which disintegrated quickly as the Changeups put up 11 unanswered runs to make it a 12-5 game. The Fastballs were not done, as they nibbled the lead to two runs. The Changeups ended this one with Alex R. making a game-saving throw to third base.

Next Week: Changeups vs Curveballs; Fastballs vs Splitters

Screwballs (5-1) vs Sliders (2-3)

14-6

The Screwballs notched their 5th win in a row with an impressive all-around performance against the Sliders. Oree Y. (Screwballs) was a one-man thrill ride as he delivered both at the plate and on the mound (2-2, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, 4 SB; WP, 3 IP, 1 K). The Sliders held a lead early but were unable to close the door. But Drew S. had his best game of the season with 3 big hits.

Next Week: Screwballs vs Farmers; Sliders vs Splitters

BABL AAA

Slammers (4-3) vs Wreckers (4-2-1)

16-10

Big news in AAA’s Baseball Week 6 Recap: The BABL AAA playoff race is the tightest in history, as the three top teams are separated by a mere 1.5 games. The Wreckers stormed ahead to an 10-2 lead early with the big bat of Alex S. The Wreckers couldn’t hold on to the lead as the Slammers came slammin’ back to cap off the epic comeback. We look forward to seeing these two teams meet again in the playoffs.

Next Week: Slammers vs Blasters; Wreckers vs Dingers

Dingers (5-1-1) vs Blasters (0-7)

9-6

Following their win over the Blasters, the Dingers hold sole possession of first place in BABL AAA. Grady W. (Dingers) couldn’t be solved as he pitched 4 dominant innings allowing only 1 run. Thomas E. and Ray A. continue to stay hot as both had multi-hit and multi-RBI days. The Blasters nearly tallied their first win of the season as Greyson F. went 3-3 with 3 RBI’s to lead the charge.

Next Week: Dingers vs Wreckers; Blasters vs Slammers

Travel Baseball Week 6 Recap

10U Green Wave (3-5) vs DC Dynasty

Gm 1: 13-14 L   Gm 2: 37-10 W

Sorry, folks… that is not a typo! The 10U Green Wave split their doubleheader this weekend capped off by an IMPROBABLE 37 runs in Game 2. Joe DiMaggio is smiling from Baseball Heaven as 10U worked a Koa Record 35 walks in Game 2. Shane M. continues to keep his team in games with another dominant performance on the mound (3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K).

Next Week: BABL/Travel Showdown vs BABL A All-Stars

11U Green Wave (6-2) vs McLean Dirt Devils

Gm 1: 15-0 W   Gm 2: 15-12 W

The 11U Green Wave completed another Sunday Sweep in our Baseball Week 6 Recap as they took two from the McLean Dirt Devils. In his Koa Travel debut, Kosuke H. showed the NVTBL that this rookie has top-of-the-league ability (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K; 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 SB). After handling the Dirt Devils in Game 1, the 11U Green Wave had to dig deep to pull out a Game 2 victory. Trailing 7-6 going into the top of the 6th, 11U put up 9 runs to take the lead. The Dirt Devils made it interesting in the bottom half of the inning, but Jay W. came in to shut the door and complete the sweep!

Next Week: BABL/Travel Showdown vs BABL AA All-Stars

12U Green Wave (2-10) vs Burke Bulldogs

Gm 1: 1-6 L   Gm 2: 4-10 L

Once again, the 12U Green Wave were one big inning away from winning both games, but the Burke Bulldogs were able to take advantage of some errors and timely hitting. In a 1 1/2 hour pitcher’s duel in Game 1, James R. and Miles K. worked both sides of the plate effectively and kept the Bulldog bats quiet. 2 errors let both Game 1 and Game 2 get away, but there is still plenty of fight in this 12U squad as  playoffs approach.

Next Week: Virginia Stars (doubleheader)

13U Green Wave (5-3) vs Burke Bulldogs

Gm 1: 5-3 W   Gm 2: 4-12 L

The pitching staff for the 13U Green Wave paved the way for 2-run victory in Game 1 against the Bulldogs. Beck U. started off pitching 4.1 shutdown innings followed by Burke. P and newly-acquired Max J. locking it down in relief. The offense scored 3 huge runs in the final 2 innings to put Game 1 away. In Game 2, the offense had a hard time finding a rhythm as they played from behind most of the game. As we have seen in the past r, when 13U can combine pitching and hitting, they are almost impossible to beat.

Next Week: Baseball Factory (doubleheader)

14U East Green Wave (5-3) vs NOVA Elite

Gm 1: 17-4 W   Gm 2: 13-2 W

14U East ate their Wheaties on Sunday morning as they went on to score 30 runs over their 2-game sweep of NOVA Elite. Spencer J. had 3 hits while driving in 4 runs in Game 1. Eli P. wanted a piece of the action in Game 2 as he followed with 3 hits and 4 RBI’s of his own. With one more weekend of regular season play, 14U East has their sights on the Ripken Tournament in early November.

Next Week: Loudon Aces (doubleheader)

14U West Green Wave (3-5) vs Arlington Senators

Gm 1: 4-9 L   Gm 2: 10-11 L

Tough weekend for the 14U West Green Wave as their bats were unable to outhit the Arlington Senators. 14U West fell behind early in Game 1 and couldn’t close the gap in the middle innings. In Game 2, the Green Wave were led by big offensive days from Aidan D. (3-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI) and Bryan S. (3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI), but were unable to hold on as the Senators pushed 2 across in the final inning for the win.

Next Week: All In Eagles (doubleheader)

High School JV Green Wave (2-6) vs Mason Patriots

Gm 1: 6-7 L   Gm 2: 2-20 L

Late inning rallies from the Mason Patriots ended the High School JV Green Wave quest for a Sunday Sweep. The middle of the order produced in both games as Devin D. and Daniel B. both had perfect days at the plate. A couple big errors and walks, combined with timely hitting, buried the Green Wave in Game 2.

Next Week: MVP Terps (doubleheader)

High School Varsity Green Wave (5-3) vs All In Eagles

Gm 1: 19-1 W   Gm 2: 8-6 W

The Varsity Green Wave put on an offensive clinic against the Eagles early Sunday morning at Richard Montgomery High School. Koa combined for 27 runs in two games with multi-hit days for 8 players in the lineup. After the lopsided win in Game 1, the Varsity Green Wave were pushed to the edge in Game 2. In the bottom of the 6th, the Eagles had the bases loaded trailing only by 2 runs. Evan R. was a brick wall behind the plate, blocking 4 difficult balls in the dirt to keep the runners at bay. Coach Marty after the game: “Evan R. saved the game for us.”

Next Week: Virginia Patriots (doubleheader)

Baseball Week 6 Recap: Players of the Week

BABL Player of the Week

Oree Y. (Screwballs)

Stats: 2-2, 2 BB, 3 R, 2 RBI, 4 SB; WP, 3 IP, 1 K

Travel Player of the Week

Kosuke H. (11U)

Stats: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 K; 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 SB (Travel Debut)

Box Scores: Baseball Week 6 Recap

A Standings W/L AA Standings W/L AAA Standings W/L
Mashers 5-1 Change-ups 5-0 Dingers 5-1-1
Factory 5-1 Screwballs 5-1 Wreckers 4-2-1
Bombers 5-1 Splitters 3-2 Slammers 4-3
Crushers 1-3-1 Sliders 2-3 Blasters 0-7
Sluggers 1-4 Farmers 2-4
Homers 1-4-1 Fastballs 1-4
Launchers 0-4-2 Curveballs 1-5
Koa Travel W/L
10U 3-5
11U 6-2
12U 2-10
13U 5-3
14U East 5-3
14U West 3-5
High School JV 2-6
High School Varsity 5-3
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