Fairfax, VA (June 23, 2015) – The Stone Bridge Bulldogs beat the Marshall Statesmen 9-4 in seven innings on Saturday, June 13th at Robinson Secondary School to capture their first Virginia High School League (VHSL) 5A State Baseball Championship.
Bulldogs catcher, Eli Quiceno, was on point the entire game and went 3 for 3 at the plate. He singled in the first and second innings and doubled in the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the first, the Bulldogs grabbed the early lead, 2-0. The Stone Bridge attack began with a double from John Callahan. A groundout by Eric Johnson then moved Callahan from second to third. The Bulldogs then added another run when Quiceno scored on an RBI single by Michael Kuzbel.
Stone Bridge didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the second inning when they scored on a fielder’s choice and an RBI single by Quiceno.
The Bulldogs built upon their lead with five runs in the sixth. The inning got off to a hot start when Kuzbel’s clutch game-sealing single, brought home David Mocabee and Quiceno.
Marshall’s one run in the top of the seventh helped close the deficit to 9-4. One of two home runs by Will Brooke sparked Marshall’s rally, but it wasn’t enough. Mocabee got Scott Carrell to fly out to left field to Josh Greenberg to end the game.
The Bulldog “dog pile” ensued with players flying from everywhere to be on top. The Bulldogs ended the season on top which is something real special, earning the school’s first VHSL 5A state championship title. While it was Coach Sam Plank’s last season as Head Coach of the Bulldogs, he wasn’t about to take any glory away from his players. He wanted them to enjoy every second of it because it was all their hard work, dedication, and teamwork that brought the 2015 VHSL 5A baseball state championship home to Ashburn. Coach Plank said on numerous occasions that winning is not what is important, it is all about relationships. Players and coaches and amongst players. This game will be one that is remembered and cherished by each and every player for the rest of their life. Plank finishes his Stone Bridge career with a record of 246-107-1.
Plank held back on the post game jubilation. Reflecting on the post game, “I think we all coach to see those boys in a dog pile and to see that look on their face,” Plank said. “That’s why. It’s nice as a staff to be able to win something like this, but ultimately it’s about the group of young men who put their heart and soul into this game.” Every day through hard work, determination, and teamwork, his players wanted to get better and the end results showed!
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A big SHOUT OUT to the Stone Bridge Bulldogs for earning their first VHSL 5A State Baseball Championship! And also a SHOUT OUT to Coach Sam Plank who established the Stone Bridge baseball program 15 years ago and created a legacy that will continue. Coach Plank is one class act and departs Stone Bridge knowing that his team won the pinnacle game of the season! I can see his smile for the time he has had with all his players and the relationships he established. Congrats to the Stone Bridge Team, and Coach Plank and his Coaching Staff for a job well done!
Steven Holland captured the game behind the camera and posted a photo gallery with 520 images.
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Written by Steven Holland