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For nearly 20 years, DC Wood has been the top recreational wood bat League for the DC Metro area, with teams from DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County and Prince George's County.
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The Barons earned a sweep of the Sunday evening DoubleHeader over the Navigators, taking game #1 (4-1) and game #2 (13-4). McEnheimer collected 4 hits and 5 RBI and Nelson and Ayers collected the wins for the Barons.
The BlueRocks and Knights tangled in a duel of teams that know each other well from the Summer League they play in. Snyder was dominant for the Knights, but the BlueRocks, playing with only 8, got enough off the Knights starter to stay in the game. The game was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th when Knights reliever, Kinney, got two quick outs, but the third batter of the inning reached and then stole second. The following BlueRocks batter flared a single to Right Field and it was enough to score the runner from second. BlueRocks win, 3-2.
It helps if you have been here before. After the first two games of this Championship Series, it was not only that the Arlington Mallards had the defending DC Wood Champion Falls Church Barons down 2-0; it was also the decisive way they had done it. In the first game, the Barons were up 4-1 with two outs in the ninth inning, one out from taking this Championship Series opener when the Mallards offense suddenly started whacking the ball around, scored 4 runs, took a one run lead and closed out a depression inducing first game loss for the Barons. The second game was a 10-3 blow out in which the Barons were never really competitive. What did the Barons’ GM, Rafael Martinez have to say then? “The Mallards are a great team! They really have some hard throwers on the mound, great defense and they can really hit!” Yet, somehow, strangely, as the teams came out for game three, the pressure seemed to be on the Mallards. The Barons just showed up, got behind some veteran pitching, hit just enough, played just enough defense and got themselves a 3-1 win to stave off the Series loss for just one day. Then, in game four, they got out fast on offense to take a first inning lead and got another quality veteran pitching job. But the Mallards kept playing. By the end of nine innings the game was tied. The Barons got a clutch hit to take a one run lead in the 10th. When that lead held the series had evened up.
For game 5, the Barons sent their ace, McClure to the mound. He was rudely greeted by the determined Mallards, and the Barrons were down 2-0 before they could send a player to the plate in the first inning. When they did, however, it was clear that they were equally determined. Barnes sent the first pitch of the bottom half of the inning over the right field fence! Then, before the first inning was complete, the Barons’ McEnhimer smacked a two-run home run to dead center to give the Barons the final lead of this series. The Barons added 4 runs in the third inning, highlighted by a Glaser bloop single that drove in 2. The Mallards did not feel this ball game was over yet, however, and in the top of the fifth, the Mallards they got two runs to cut the lead to 7-4. But in the bottom of the sixth Shoenfeld's infield single drove in a runner from third. In the seventh, the Barons’ Ortiz sent a ball over the fence and way past the tree line in left centerfield, giving the Barons a their final 9-4 lead. The Barons’ McClure, who pitched well after surviving the first inning trouble, was dead tired as he took the mound in the ninth to finish his job, and the still game Mallards got runners to first and second with one out. But when McClure got a big strikeout and an easy ground ball back to himself he was able to record the final out and complete the Barons’ fantastic comeback series win. This victory gives the Barons their 5th consecutive D.C. Wood Title and cements their legacy as one of the best local adult baseball teams of the decade! This is also the Barons 7th overall title. Caylor, Nelson, and Martinez have been a part of all 7! Congratulations to the Barons on their latest win and their tradition of excellence!