By Neal Comstock
Falls Church Times Staff
November 3, 2013
Falls Church teams wrapped up a terrific Fall Ball season in near perfect weather last week. Reflecting demographic growth as well as the increased popularity of baseball in our area (Natitude!), 281 players participated on 20 FCKLL teams this Fall, a remarkable 46% increase over last Fall.
Majors (ages 10-12)
Despite racking up a season-high 13 hits, the Falls Church Red Sox fell 17-8 to a strong Reston Angels team in five innings on Saturday October 26 at Westgate Park.
Will Jackson went a perfect 3-3 at the plate for the Red Sox to end his season with a team leading .696 batting average. He doubled in the first inning and singled in the third and fifth innings.
The top of the first saw the Reston Angels take an early lead with a solo home run to start the inning off. The Reston Angels pushed another run across on a wild pitch.
The Red Sox quickly matched the Angels’ strong inning with a two-run inning of their own in the first. The Sox scored on RBI singles by Hollman Smith and Gavin McNabb.
The Reston Angels added two more runs in the top of the third and then increased their lead with seven runs in the fourth inning.
Two runs in the bottom of the fourth helped the Red Sox close the deficit. A two-run single by Nate Jackson fueled the Red Sox’ comeback.
A four-run fifth inning helped bring the Red Sox closer. Key hits by Paul Weaver and Nick Bradford, an RBI single by Hollman Smith, a walk by McNabb, and RBI singles by Curran Gilster and Kailen Jordan set off the Red Sox rally which fell short as time ran out on the game. Weaver got a hit in each of his last three games and Smith ended his breakout season with a .700 on base percentage and a team high 10 RBIs.
AAA (ages 9-11)
The final week of Fall Ball was a good one for the Orioles, as they notched victories against two different Brewers teams to close out their season with an 8-5-1 record.
The third time was the charm for the Orioles on Tuesday, October 22, as they finally pulled out a 10-7 victory over the Falls Church Brewers after managing only a loss and a tie in their first two tries. Conor Glavin set the tone by leading off the game with a solid double which instigated a seven run first inning. Other key hits in the inning came from John Cascella (RBI), Aidan Cunningham (RBI), Kyle Dean and Austin Byrd. Byrd’s hit was his first since coming off the DL with a fractured wrist. The remaining Oriole runs came in the third on walks by Dean, Byrd and Ryan Shannon (who also stole home), and an RBI single by Ben Harper. Michael Hammond recorded six strikeouts while allowing only one run in 2 2/3 strong innings of relief, and Cunningham closed out the final inning, coaxing two strikeouts while giving up only one run.
The Orioles faced another Brewers team on Saturday October 26, this time from Reston, and the result was the same – a 15-13 win for the O’s. The Orioles jumped out to an 11-1 lead after two innings behind the excellent pitching of Tommy Shaw and Sam Sanders and first inning hits by Kyle Dean (RBI), Charlie Rowe (RBI), John Cascella, and Michael Pandula (2 RBI). Just when it looked like it was going to be a real laugher, the Brewers staged a furious comeback and were able to tie the game at 13 in the top of the fifth inning. The Brewers would have taken the lead if not for the exceptional defense of Michael Hammond, who made a diving catch in center field with two outs and two runners on base to end the comeback and set the stage for a dramatic finish in the bottom of the fifth inning. After singles by Rowe and Cascella and a strikeout and a fielder’s choice groundout put Sanders at first and Cascella at second with two outs, Pandula stepped to the plate and delivered a sharp double to right center that brought home Cascella and Sanders with the winning runs to clinch the victory. The Oriole bench emptied onto the field to swarm around Pandula and celebrate a fitting end to a successful and enjoyable season.
AA (ages 7-10)
The Mudcats jumped out to an early lead, but were unable to hold on and lost 2-1 to the Blue Claws on Tuesday, October 22. The second inning saw Mudcats score their only run on the day on an RBI single by Bobby Puentes. Jake Rodriguez baffled the Blue Claws, striking out eight batters. The Mudcats pitcher tossed three innings of shutout ball and allowed only four hits.
Despite strong hitting, the Mudcats were unable to score any more runs thanks to impressive fielding and pitching by the Blue Claws.
The Blue Claws took the lead in the fourth inning thanks to a rally that saw two runs cross the plate on two singles. Four relief pitchers made sure the win didn’t fall through the cracks for the Blue Claws. Zander faced four batters in relief, while Zach managed to record three outs to aid the victory. It was a great game that could have gone either way.
By Neal Comstock
Falls Church Times Staff
September 24, 2013
Below are game reports from the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League (FCKLL) Fall Ball season. Game reports were prepared by FCKLL Managers, Coaches and parents.
Majors (ages 10-12)
Kailen Jordan did all he could to give the Falls Church Red Sox a boost, but it was not enough to get past the Mason District Braves, as the Red Sox lost 8-4 in six innings at Mason District Park on Saturday, September 21. Jordan caught the first three innings, pitched a scoreless inning and got key hits in the second and sixth innings.
The Braves led the whole game after the first inning, when they scored four runs on an RBI single and a three-run triple.
After pushing across three runs in the top of the third, the Red Sox Fall faced just a 4-3 deficit. An RBI triple by Mark Comstock, an RBI groundout by Gavin McNabb, and an RBI double by Will Jackson set off the Red Sox rally. The Red Sox third inning threat came to a premature end when Hollman Smith was called out on a single for sliding headfirst into first base (in violation of Little League rules) when he actually tripped just before reaching the bag.
One run in the top of the sixth helped the Red Sox close their deficit to 8-4. An RBI single by Jordan gave the Sox life before the Braves closed out the game with the tying run on deck.
AAA (ages 8-11)
On Saturday, September 21, the Falls Church Angels defeated the visiting Reston Phillies 11-8 at Westgate Park. Scott Trundle, Ru Orabaton, and Ryan Doherty threw well in their Fall pitching debuts, striking out three, three, and one, respectively.
In addition to his solid pitching, Doherty scorched two line drives: a single in the third, and a triple that rolled to the fence in right field to score two in the decisive fourth inning. Orabaton, Trundle, Emmett Wood, Will Chapman and Will Izdepski also had hits for the Angels. In the field, Trundle picked up a sharp grounder at shortstop to force out a runner at second base and Wood tracked down back-to-back pop-ups to close out the top of the fourth.
It was a full, exciting week for the Falls Church Orioles, as they faced the undefeated Falls Church Brewers on Tuesday, September 17 and the Alexandria Eagles on Saturday, September 21.
Bragging rights were on the line on Tuesday, as the Orioles and Brewers faced each other for the first time this season. They had each won both of their previous games against other Falls Church teams. The game went down to the wire and ending in a 12-12 tie.
Michael Hammond earned the game ball for the Orioles by scoring three runs, pitching two strong innings and making the play of the game — with the potential winning run on base, he made a diving stop of a grounder and threw out the runner at first to end the game and preserve the tie.
Sam Sanders got his first trip to the pitcher’s mound and proved to be a workhorse, completing three innings while recording five strikeouts. The offensive fireworks came by way of Tommy Shaw’s three-run homer in the first inning. Conor Glavin scored two runs on a double and two walks and Charlie Rowe collected a double, a single and a run scored.
The Orioles next squared off against the Alexandria Eagles on Saturday, September 21 in what many were calling the “Orange Bowl”, with both teams sporting bright orange uniforms. Only an overcast sky kept the spectators from temporary blindness!
Powered by an eight-run second inning, the Orioles were able to claim a 14-9 victory. Key hits in that inning were provided by: Ben Harper, John Cascella, Michael Hammond, Michael Pandula and Kyle Dean. Aidan Cunningham closed out the last two innings to get the save, which included striking out the final batter to end the game.
The game ball was awarded to Ryan Shannon, who collected two hits and scored two runs, but impressed most with her short stint on the pitcher’s mound. In the top of the first inning, with three runs already in, Ryan was called in to pitch with two outs and the bases loaded. In her first ever pitching appearance, Ryan calmly recorded the third out to end the threat.
Another star of the game was John Cascella, who reached base all three times, with a single, a walk and a smoking double over the head of the Eagles’ left fielder. John also recorded several outs on defense, including a fine grab of a liner for the last out of the fourth inning, when the Eagles were trying to mount a comeback.
AA (ages 7-9)
The Falls Church Bats played the Mason District Blue Jays on Saturday September 14, winning 9-3. Adam Peterkin pitched a stellar two innings striking four out of eight batters. Four Bats went 2 for 2 to power the team’s offense: Peterkin had two RBI’s, one run, and four stolen bases; Roberto Herrera scored twice and had four stolen bases; Noah Grossman scored and had two stolen bases along with an RBI; and Tyler Artilles scored and added two stolen bases. Last but not least, Ariana Cataldo proved that she could hit with the best of them going 1-1 with an RBI, stealing two bases and scoring. Game balls were earned by Peterkin and Cataldo.
On Saturday, September 22, the Falls Church Threshers (named for the Clearwater, FL Threshers, a Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies), playing with only eight players, moved to 2-2 with a shutout victory over the Mason District Tigers at Idylwood Park. Ethan Bomersheim, Davis Kendrick, and Joel Haas all pitched and combined for four innings of shutout baseball. Jackson Pierce, a recent transplant to the League, got on base and scored twice while contributing strong catching. Liam Stirling and Joseph Dakin also contributed by scoring runs and playing tough defense. Henry Thatcher continued his torrid hitting streak by getting on base three times. Sam Mostow made his catching debut and got on base by getting hit by a pitch.
Join the GMHS Athletics Boosters for the Mustang Lights Charity Softball Game. Local celebrities will take on the the GMHS Mustangs on April 27th from 6-9 pm at the GMHS baseball field.
The Mustangs and all area teams that use the George Mason High School baseball and softball fields need your help! Everyone loves our new lighted fields, but we still need to raise money to cover the costs. So as a fundraiser, “local celebrities” will play a battle royale softball game against select members of the GMHS Baseball and Softball teams in what is sure to be the event everyone is talking about.
“Step up to the plate” and make a donation. Bring your checkbook. No donation is too small or too large, and all donations are tax-deductible.
Join Mustang Sally, MEH Husky, TJ Tiger & Danny the Hippo at this Family Fun Event! Attendees can test their skills in a throwing, accuracy competition and win raffle prizes such as Nationals Tickets, “Throw Out the First Pitch,” GMHS Spirit Wear and more.
Dinner will be available for purchase from great local favorite restaurants.
Plus sno-cones and cotton candy while supplies last.
Registration for Falls Church Kiwanis Little League baseball is now open at www.fckll.org. All boys and girls who will be ages 5-12 on April 30, 2013 and live within the boundaries designated for FCKLL may register for the Spring 2013 season and winter training.
Online registration is available. Late fees will apply as of January 16 for ages 8-12, and as of February 16 for agest 5-7. Sibling discounts are available.
Skills assessments for league ages 8 and up will be held at Timberlane Elementary on the afternoon of February 10. Contact www.fckll.org for specific times.
By DAVID TAYLOR
Special to the Falls Church Times
April 29, 2012
Here is the weekly recap for this week’s Falls Church Kiwanis Little League games.
The FCKLL Red Sox defeated the Mason District Cardinals 6 to 3. In a fast-paced game, Red Sox winning pitcher Thomas Dean struck out 10 and walked only 1. Craig Fischer hit his first home run of the season and earned the save with 2 innings of scoreless relief. Thomas Creed had 2 hits, including a triple, and Ian Thompson, called up from AAA, had a clutch fielding play at third base. The Cardinals’ Dylan Nadler had 2 hits and scored a run, while Fehiber Rosario also had 2 hits, including a triple, an RBI, and 2 stolen bases.
The Tigers played host to the Mets on Tuesday, April 24th in a game that featured some great pitching, fielding and hitting. The Tigers were led by Ian Thompson who struck out 9 Mets Batters while issuing only 1 walk and 1 hit. Jack Taylor came in to pitch the save in the 6th inning striking out 2. Several Tigers also produced some nice hits: Marty Casserly, Davey Tarter, Jack Taylor, and Ian Thompson had nice base hits and Jacob Moran hit a shot to deep left resulting in an inside-the-park home run. For the Mets, Robert Newton took the mound in relief and registered 5 strike outs, with Chelsea Lang and Ryan Fletchall also seeing some action on the mound striking out 2 and 3 respectively. The Mets also produced some nice hits: Ryan Fletchall, Alex Pigeon, and Robert Newton hitting singles and Josh Post hit a nice double. Tigers 11, Mets 4.
The Storm battled the Rock Hounds to a 10-3 win with Noah Cha and Ian Wilson hitting Home Runs for the Storm. The Rock Hounds Zach Sedmak had a good day a bat going 2 for 2. The Storm had a strong first pitching outing by Aaron Gaston and Thomas Shaw helped by the great pitching effort of Evan Stegenga. The Rock Hounds had great pitching from Danny McMahon.
The Scrappers hosted the Sand Gnats in a hard-fought game. The Sand Gnats struckfirst in the second inning when Peter Villa signaled and came around toscore. The Scrappers responded with fiveruns in the second inning due to hits by the following players: Brendan Schwefler, Conor Glavin, Curran Gilster, Jackson Leary, Jonah Wilkes, Tyler Kirbyand Jack Biggs. The Sand Gnats scoredfour to tie things up in the fourth inning with a series of singles from NickPollack, Reyn Butterworth, Gaarison Holran and Villa. The Scrappers and SandGnats both had solid performances on thepitching mound. For the Scrappers, AlexPawlowski and Zach Walker both pitchedwell. For the Sand Gnats, Reyn Butterworth and Charlie Tucker had solid outings on the mound. The game ended in a tie. Scrappers 5, Sand Gnats 5.
Single A Division
On April 27 the Single A Bees and the Express played a taut game filled with timely hitting, and solid defense. The Bees were led by Jake Rodriguez and Ian Williams who had 3 hits apiece. Williams also started a nifty double play by snaring a line drive and tossing to third baseman Connor Mills. For the Express, Jake Sisson, Noah Rodriguez, Trey Robinson, and Tapi Goredema led the offensive attack. With the bases loaded and two outs and the score tied in the bottom of the fifth, Kai Kujawa singled in the winning run. Express, 15; Bees 14.
The Volcanoes outlasted the Sea Dogs – 18 to 12. Tied through 3 innings, the Volcanoes put together two solid innings at the plate to win going away. The Volcanoes’ clutch hitting was keyed by four hits each by Troy Ehrlich, Tyler Bledsoe, John Roberson, and Bradley Persson. Three hits apiece were added by Henry Martin, Ryan York, Nathaniel Bledsoe, and Mario Medina. The Volcanoes defense also came through with several important outs. The Sea Dogs were led by Jonathan Buchholz with 4 hits and 2 RBIs. Nicholas Teply and Finn Evenson had 3 hits and 3 RBIs, and Nathan Milhorn joined the 3-hit parade for the Sea Dogs.
Falls Church Kiwanis Little League is beginning registration for its 2010 spring season. Registration is available online or at one of the following sessions at the Falls Church Community Center: Wednesday, January 6, 6:30-9:00 pm; Saturday, January 9, 10 am to 3 :00 pm; or Saturday, January 16, 10 am to 3:00 pm. See the website for training opportunities for players of all levels.