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DC Wood kicked off the 2019 Spring/Summer season with a successful Opening Weekend, including a doubleheader on April 7 at the Nationals Youth Academy Field in D.C., featuring four of the league's oldest teams, the A's, Navigators, Senators, and defending champion Barons. Video will be posted soon. The Arlington Mallards opened interleague play with IBL, and the Mudcats and Thundercats got started with the first DH of the season.
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Playoff baseball was in full effect as the first game of the first series came down to the wire. Pitchers dominated and every base runner mattered.
On Friday at Langley HS, the Mallards and Bullets combined to play one of the fastest 9 inning games (just under 2 hours, 30 minutes) all season as dominant pitching and error-free defense on both sides shut down these two offenses.
With the season series tied at 2-2 series and the score locked at 0-0 into the 9th inning, it looked like these teams might be headed to extra innings to resolve the tie. Finally in the 9th inning, as the Bullets' starter Stenavich started to tire, the Mallards mounted a rally which began with a leadoff double by their pitcher Brady Adam. Later in the inning, they worked back-to-back bases-loaded walks to break a 0-0 tie. In the bottom of the 9th chasing two runs, the Bullets threatened when the first two batters reached base. As the winning Bullets run came to the plate, Adam, who yielded only 3 hits and struck out 15 through 8+ innings, was relieved by G. Gill who then retired the side. Though he was credited with the loss, the Bullets' ace Stenavich pitched a gem by striking out 9 and only giving up 5 hits.
The Bullets and Mallards split their DH Sunday at Greenbriar with the Bullets coming back from a 4-1 deficit to win 5-4 in game 1. The Mallards took Game 2, 8-1.
In game 1, after the Bullets grabbed an early 1-0 lead, the Bullets' Mildenstein walked the bases loaded in the 3rd inning before the Mallards' T. McCarthy hit a grand slam. The Bullets cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the 3rd and then rallied for 3 in the bottom of the 6th to retake a slim 5-4 lead. In the 7th, the Mallards had the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position before the Bullets' Narvaiz, who relieved Mildenstein, got the next Mallards batter to groundout to end the game. Mildenstein got the win and Narvaiz earned the save.
In game 2, the Mallards' O'Donnell was magnificent on the mound earning a complete game win. He gave up only 3 hits (2 of them to Bullets' Klein) and struck out 8. Gill had a leadoff solo HR and Witkowski had a 2-run HR in the game. The Bullets and Mallards season series is tied 2-2. The teams will meet for a 5th time Friday night at Langley HS to decide the season series.
The Mt. Pleasant Mudcats and the Alexandria A’s squared off at McLean HS on Saturday June 22 and both teams went the distance.
As fireworks were being set off in the McLean area on Saturday night, the Barons vs. A’s matchup produced its own fireworks show on the field that was bad for ERAs but great for Avg’s and OPS! The Barons jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first after a booming triple from Bolden that scored two, and McEnhimer & Andreyev followed with RBI singles. The Barons tacked on one more in the top of the 2nd, but the A’s delivered a counter punch with 2 runs in the bottom the inning when Garboczi smacked a two-run dinger to dead center field. The A’s potent offense kept chipping away until they got within 1 run in the bottom of the 5th, getting a 3-run Home Run from Garboczi and an RBI single from Denevi.
But as quickly as the A’s had swung momentum their way, the Barons pulled it back in their direction with an explosive top of the 6th that scored 6 runs off big hits from Bolden, McEnhimer and A. Ortiz. Undeterred, the A’s kept fighting and scored 2 in the bottom of the 7th when Rivera singled, then Garboczi smacked a towering shot that just missed being his 3rd round-tripper on the night, instead bouncing off the top of the fence and back in play for a double. Both eventually scored on RBIs from Denevi and Barkett.
In the bottom of the 8th, the A's got 1 across with one out before the Baron’s reliever, Ryan, settled in to induce the final two outs to end the game (time limit was reached after 8 complete innings). The game featured a combined 34 hits, with the A’s Garboczi hitting two home runs and a double, and the Baron’s Bolden a HR away from the cycle. Barons 16, A’s 10.
The Barons play next at Justice High School (formerly J.E.B. Stuart) this Wednesday against the Northern Virginia Navigators, and the A's face the Mallards Friday at Langley, both at 8pm.
Game One: A pitcher’s duel that featured a complete game shutout victory for the Mallard’s, O’Donnell, who K’d 9 in 7 innings and allowed only 4 hits. For the Barons, Ayers was equally as good, K’ing 9 in 5 innings, but surrendered the lone run on a bases-loaded HBP in the first inning. Mallards 1, Barons 0.
Game Two: The Barons pitching was stingy, allowing only one hit in the rain-shortened second game of the DH. Hogan and Quinn combined for 6 K’s in 5 innings, while the Barons offense hit 3 home runs, Andreyev, Rogers, G. Ortiz (Grand Slam). Shoenfeld went 2-2 in the Baron’s 10-0 victory.
Two potent offenses were held at bay by excellent pitching at West Potomac Wednesday night. Arlington Mallards manager Dan O'Donnell fanned 8 Alexandria A's in a complete game effort, while A's hurlers Antwan Beasley and Zack Bright K'd 17 Mallards batters, including 11 by Bright in just four innings pitched in relief.
The league held a tryout and draft for free agent players at West Potomac HS on Saturday, March 16. All DC Wood teams sent representatives to scout the players who attended. After the workout, more than 40 players were drafted!
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.
For the decisive game 5, with the series tied at 2-2, the Barons sent their ace, McClure to the mound. He was rudely greeted by the determined Mallards, and the Barons 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!