Fans of George Mason High School’s varsity baseball team are learning they’d better get to the games on time, lest they miss the Mustangs’ first-inning fireworks at the plate.
When the Madison County Mountaineers came to Falls Church on Monday, they quickly found themselves in a 3-0 hole, as Mason’s first three batters pounded out hits and scored – senior Paul Weber (single), junior Jack Trainor (double) and junior Stephen Lubnow (double).
That top-of-the order trio scored again in the fifth inning, giving Mason a 6-0 lead. Madison picked up a couple of late runs, but Mason prevailed, 6-2, notching their second Bull Run District victory and moving to 5-1 overall. In each of those five wins, Mason jumped to a first-inning lead.
Junior Max Kaplow pitched the distance for Mason, scattering five hits, striking out six and walking only one. He also hit an RBI single to score Mason’s sixth run.
Trainor led the Mustangs’ 10-hit attack, with the first-inning double and then an RBI triple in the fifth. Weber had the leadoff single in the first and then a triple in the fifth, and junior Jon Freeman got a double and a single. Senior Tyler Duncan singled and twice brought runners in to score by hitting grounders that kept Madison infielders too occupied to make a play at home. Sophomore Lucas Cherry also singled, and he turned in another solid defensive effort at first base.
Madison junior pitcher Collin Tucker was tagged with the loss. At the plate he was 2 for 3, both singles. Sophomores J.P. Utz, Dustin Farmer and Josh O’Donnell accounted for the Mountaineers’ other hits.
Mason’s game scheduled for tonight at Clarke County was postponed to tomorrow, Wednesday, at 5 p.m.
This weekend the Mustangs play in a Spring Break Wood Bat Tournament hosted by Broad Run High School. They have a Saturday doubleheader playing Marshall High at 11:30 a.m. and Heritage High at 2 p.m., and then Monday at 2:30 p.m. they face Broad Run.