(July 27, 2013) – The odds were stacked high against the Post 34 Leesburg American Legion baseball team in the District 16 tournament but the team has won four games in three days, including two games Friday, to move from the consolation bracket into today’s championship round against Post 21 Winchester at Stafford’s Legion Field.
If Leesburg can knock off Winchester at 12:30 p.m. then the two teams would turn around and play a title game at 5 p.m. Leesburg beat Warrenton 7-4 Friday and then pounded the Stafford Nationals, 1o-2, in the consolation bracket finals.
Leesburg had to play its way into the tournament and then was beaten in the opening round by Front Royal, 7-2. On Wednesday, Leesburg beat Post 2011 Ashburn, 11-0, and on Thursday Leesburg took care of Post 290 Stafford American, 12-3.
With the wins Friday, Leesburg has now out-scored opponenets, 40-9, while averaging a whopping 10 runs a game.
In Friday’s first game vs. Post 72 Warrenton, Leesburg put up five runs in the first inning and scattered two more to win 7-4. LCHS graduate Ryan Kranenburg scattered ground balls and fly ball outs into the 6th. Then Ian Roberts threw the last few to close out Warrenton.
Post 34 Leesburg Rangers followed up with another ame up big against the 16th District #3 seed Post 290 Stafford Nationals. The Rangers pounded out 10 runs against a very solid team. Matt Irish pitched a no-no after 3 complete but coach Peters had to pull him as Irish bumped up against 12 inning in 3 day pitching limit. LCHS JJ York finished the remaining six innings holding Post 290 to two runs scored. And Matt Gloger entered in the 9th with none out and 2 runners on base and got a quick three outs to finish the contest.
The 16th District winner will advance to play in VA ALB State tournament next week in Williamsburg VA.