F.C. News Hounds Repeat As DC Wood Champions

August 18, 2011 5:34 PM0 comments

winningrunFacing a team they hadn’t beat in three years, the Falls Church News Hounds stepped up to the challenge, and dropped the Vipers in four games to repeat as DC Wood AA baseball champions last Tuesday.

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THE FALLS CHURCH NEWS HOUNDS won their second consecutive DC Wood AA championship last Tuesday. Pictured: (back, l. to r.) Mike Hollandsworth, Adam Michaud, Miguel Marti, John Longmire, Mike Boyle, Will Weinig, David Acosta, Brian Ladd, Jeff Dagenhart, Matt Cruz, Drew Reid. (front, l. to r.) Rob Weinig, Jody Fellows, Jason Hand, Ryan Greeney, Jason Wippich, Steve Turner. Not pictured: Eric Hoffman. (Photo: Deirdre Ladd)

Facing a team they hadn’t beat in three years, the Falls Church News Hounds stepped up to the challenge, and dropped the Vipers in four games to repeat as DC Wood AA baseball champions last Tuesday.

Dropping the first game in the championship series and falling to 0-7 against the Vipers since 2008, the Hounds stormed back to win three straight and take the best-of-five series and repeat as league champs.

After taking a 2-1 series lead, the Hounds found themselves in an early hole in game four, trailing 2-0 after the fourth.

The Hounds were held in check by the Vipers’ pitcher, stranding six runners on base through the first seven innings as they headed into the eighth still down by two.

With two outs and runners on first and third, F.C. second baseman John Longmire drove a two-strike pitch to deep left for a two-run double, knotting the game at 2-2.

After a scoreless top of the ninth, the News Hounds’ Jason Hand walked to lead off the bottom of the inning. A stolen base and error later, F.C. had the winning run on third when Drew Reid stepped to the plate. Positioned for a potential play at home, the Vipers infield was on the grass when Reid lofted a pitch to shallow right for a single as Hand raced down the line to score the game, and championship, winner.

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NEWS HOUND JASON HAND leaps into the arms of Jason Wippich after scoring the championship winning run. (Photo: Tom Dagenhart)

The win marked the second consecutive DC Wood AA title for the Hounds. Last year, they swept the Virginia Rebels in three games in the finals. Falls Church is 14-2 in postseason play over the past two years.

In game one of the championship, despite a 19 strikeout performance from Hounds ace David Acosta, the Vipers took the opener, 4-3, after scoring on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth.

In game two, the Hounds got on the board early, scoring two in the first while starting pitcher Reid held the Vipers in check from the mound. F.C. would tack on three more runs to get the win, 5-2, and even up the series at a game apiece.

In game three, a last-minute lineup change thrust Adam Michaud into the third batting spot for the Hounds and he responded with three RBIs, two coming in the first inning. Those were all the runs Acosta would need as he continued his dominance of the Vipers, allowing no earned runs in the Hounds 7-1 victory.

The News Hounds wrapped up the 2011 season on a tear. Finishing the regular season with a 13-5 record, they outscored their opponents 107-42 and shut out four of the last five teams they played.

They continued their romp through the first and second rounds of the playoffs, dropping the Washington Grays in the quarterfinals by a combined score of 18-1 and the Carpool Green Sox in the semis, 13-1 and 3-2.

 

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