After a quiet start, Falls Church Post 130 is firing on all cylinders, as the team finds itself in the midst of a five-game winning streak, averaging over 10 runs per game.
“Our pitching is much more consistent and our defense has been very solid, plus we have been able to score runs when needed,” said pitcher Mike Straub on the current lucky stretch.
In an abbreviated contest, Falls Church beat Annandale Post 1976 8-3 in six innings on Saturday. Flamethrower Straub fanned nine Annandale hitters en route to his second win of the season. Alex Prewitt was the centerpiece of the offense, collecting three hits. Prewitt drove in three runs and scored each time he reached base. Trey Thomas and David Acosta remained hot at the plate as well, coming up with timely RBI base hits.
On Sunday, Post 130 took defeated Alexandria Post 24, winning 10-9 in a nail biter. Tom Warner turned in another quality performance on the mound, securing the win. Down seven to four going into the seventh inning, Post 130 put up six runs in the following two frames, taking the lead 10-7 into the ninth inning. Greg Goldsmith pitched the ninth, and held off a late rally to get the save despite giving up a two-run homer in the inning.
Prewitt credits the win to team-oriented, timely hitting. Post 130 has grown accustomed to enormous single inning rallies late in the game. Despite being prone to slow starts, the bats have been waking up at the right time.
“We’re probably just seeing the ball better late into the game” said Prewitt. “We’re stringing hits together at the right time. It takes time to settle into that groove.”
Falls Church put its win streak on the line Tuesday night against Post 180 from Vienna, but results were not available at press time.