Falls Church Kiwanis Little League celebrated its 64th opening day April 14. Hundreds of Falls Church players, families and supports turned out to participate in the action-packed day. The day’s events began with the traditional Opening Day Parade as the players marched to Westgate Park and culminated with a schedule chock-full of exciting baseball games.
This Week’s Selected Game Summaries:
AAA Level, Tigers at Cardinals: The Cardinals hosted the Tigers to kick off the AAA Spring season and battled to a 9-9 tie in an exciting game that went back and forth from the start. Both teams provided fireworks at the plate as well as strong pitching when the game was on the line. The Cardinals were led by Kailen Jordan’s two hits and extra base hits from Andrew Milhorn and Jim Keegan. Solid pitching by Caleb Parnell and Josh Meighan kept the game close throughout. Ian Thompson and David Tarter paced the Tigers with strong performances on the mound, Thompson also had a timely double from the plate. Jacob Morin went 2-2 including a clutch 2 RBI triple late in the game with the tying run hit in by Jack Taylor to bring the Tigers back.
AA Level, Sand Gnats at Scrappers: The Sand Gnats struck first in the second inning when Peter Villa signaled and came around to score. The Scrappers responded with five runs 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 scored four to tie things up in the fourth inning with a series of singles from Nick Pollack, Reyn Butterworth, Gaarison Holran and Villa. The Scrappers and Sand Gnats both had solid performances on the pitching mound. For the Scrappers, Alex Pawlowski and Zach Walker both pitched well. For the Sand Gnats, Reyn Butterworth and Charlie Tucker had solid outings on the mound. The game ended in a tie, 5-5.