Leesburg, which had to play its way into the tournament and then claw through the consolation bracket after a quarterfinal loss, was playing its sixth game in five days and could not hold a 4-3 lead in the 8th inning.
It was a close contest with both teams at 14 hits and 13 hits after 7 innings and the game tied at 3 runs each. Neither team could get the key 2 out hit until the 8th inning. Post 34 put up a single run in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead over Post 21. Winchester managed to load the bases in the bottom of the 8th, then got some key 2 out base hits.
Post 34 was just 1 out away from going into the 9th with a 1-run lead. but it wasn’t to be so this year. Post 21 Winchester advanced to the American Legion Baseball 16th District tournament starting Tuesday in Williamsburg.
Post 34 had a great showing and that bodes well for next year as they will host the VA State Legion tournament next year in Loudoun County.
Post 34 thanks Coach Brenton Peters who in his first coaching gig after 4 years of Cornell baseball, showed he was a savy coach and great leader of baseball players. Additional leadership help by Daniel Gershen and Marco Verdi, with support from Geoff McCowat and Mitchell Bowers.