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Mason Baseball Wins Two of Three

Two very satisfying victories and one exasperating defeat put the George Mason High School varsity baseball record at 11-6 heading into the final week of the regular season.

Two very satisfying victories and one exasperating defeat put the George Mason High School varsity baseball record at 11-6 heading into the final week of the regular season.

The Mustangs hosted the Washington-Lee Generals on May 5 and won 11-2, then the next night they traveled to Madison County and thumped the Mountaineers, 11-0. On the road again May 10 at Manassas Park, Mason stranded 11 base runners and lost by an agonizing 1-0 to the Cougars.

The Mustangs’ Bull Run District record stands at 4-3 with three district games to go: at home Wednesday against Rappahannock (results not available at press time); a Senior Night home game Friday 5 p.m. against league-leading Strasburg; then at Rappahannock 7 p.m. next Tuesday. The Bull Run District tournament opens May 20.

Though Mason’s final margin of victory over Washington-Lee was lopsided, the game was tied 2-2 when the Mustangs came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning. But then the runs came in a torrent, as the first five Mustang batters got on base and came around to score. Senior Paul Weber walked, stole second, and sprinted home on a single by junior Jack Trainor. Junior Stephen Lubnow was hit by a pitch, then he and Trainor scored on a single by senior Tyler Duncan. Runs six and seven were scored by Duncan and sophomore Lucas Cherry, who singled and scored on a Weber double.

The sixth inning brought three more Mustang runs – Lubnow scored on a single by junior Max Kaplow, then Lubnow and Duncan came in on a single by junior Trevor Simpson.

Pitching duties were shared by starter Jon Freeman, middle reliever Lubnow (who was credited with the win) and sophomore Ryan Short, who pitched a scoreless final two innings. Duncan, getting a rare turn at catcher (he’s normally at shortstop) threw out three Generals trying to steal second.

Against Bull Run District foe Madison County, the Mustangs didn’t dally about taking control: Mason scored four times in its first turn at bat and amassed 14 hits and 11 runs through five innings, when the game was called on the mercy rule. Duncan and Kaplow each went 3 for 4 at the plate, and Trainor, Lubnow and Freeman had two hits apiece.

Pitcher Kaplow dominated the Mountaineers, striking out eight and giving up just one hit and one walk; no Madison runner reached second base.

At Bull Run foe Manassas Park, the Mustangs time and again looked as if they were going to break the game open. In four of the first five innings, Mason had two runners on base when the third out came; in the seventh inning, the Mustangs loaded the bases with no one out, and yet still could not bring across a single run.

Overall, the Mustangs got six hits (two of them by Weber); pitchers Freeman and Duncan combined to allow only three Manassas Park hits while striking out eight batters.

But in the fourth inning, the Cougars’ Josh Richardson scored on a two-out single by Nick Kolb. With fortune not smiling on Mason’s repeated efforts to bring in runners from scoring position, that one run was enough for Park to win.

Friday’s home game against Strasburg is Senior Night for the three Class of 2011 Mustang players – outfielder/pitcher Weber; infielder/pitcher/catcher Duncan; and second baseman Chris Horneman.

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