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.
Tom Garboczi hits his second home run of the night, in the 5th inning, to pull the A's briefly within 2 runs. The A's would narrow it to 8-7, but the Barons would ultimately hold the lead from the 1st inning until the last out.