On behalf of Commander Tom Queck, welcome to American Legion Baseball Department of Virginia
Frank “Trey” Lane Karnes III
Congratulations to Frank “Trey” Lane Karnes III, Post 175 Mechanicsville, for being named as Department of Virginia American Legion Baseball Scholarship Award winner. The baseball scholarships are sponsored by Diamond Sports, a leading manufacturer in baseball merchandise and the official baseball used during Legion national tournaments. Trey attended Lee Davis High School and was co-President of the school spirit club “Pride Club” and a mentor to underclassman as a member of the “Positive Dawgs. Trey volunteers in his local community as an athletic trainer, coaching and umpiring in youth baseball, fundraising for local veteran service dogs and National Fallen Firefighters Program and supports elderly citizens of Hanover County. Trey is a four-year baseball player and will continue his baseball career at Hampden-Sydney College while majoring in Business Management.
Vienna Post 180 had been here before. Just last summer, Post 180 controlled the winner’s bracket in the District 17 playoffs versus West Springfield Post 176 when Post 176 bounced back to beat Post 180 twice in consecutive games to take the District crown and head to the American Legion Virginia State Tournament. Now in 2018, Post 180 and Post 176 we again at a showdown in the winner’s bracket semi-final game and Post 176 had just taken a 14-2 lead in the 4th inning. However, three innings later, Post 180 has scored 17 unanswered runs during a comeback for the ages, capped off by Avery Neaves’ towering grand slam into the night at Waters Field in Vienna. Post 180 went on to finish off West Springfield for good in the championship game two nights later, take back the District 17 crown and surge into the State Tournament.
In the States, Post 180 went 3-0 in a rain shortened tournament defeating a tough Winchester squad along the way 6-5 in a game split up over three days due to rain suspensions. Vienna’s Justin Taylor, a Cornell commit, was named Tournament MVP as he hit .583 and drove in 5 runs in the championship game as Post 180 topped Adams Post 86 for its first Virginia State crown since 1990.
In the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Purcellville, Post 180 showed their competitiveness winning their first game vs the champion from Pennsylvania but dropping their next two games by one run walk-offs in the bottom of the 7th inning and exited the tournament. The season for Vienna was a memorable one in which the entire Post 180 Legion membership rallied around. Having won the District and State Tournament is an experience the players will never forget.
Department of Virginia Champion 2018, Post 180 Vienna
The Rangers put everything together to win four-straight, including a 12-10 comeback win in the semifinals against Souderton (PA) Post 234. But while seeking its second regional championship and World Series berth in three years, Leesburg (15-9-1) finally ran out of gas against the Delaware state champions. Other scores for Post 34 Leesburg: Severna Park (MD) 5, Leesburg 4; Leesburg 5, Vienna 4; and Leesburg 7, Rockland (N.Y.) 0.
The Rangers have well represented the Department of Virginia baseball in the last four Mid-Atlantic Regional tournaments with 13 wins, a Regional Championship in 2016, and the Tournament Runner-Up in 2018. Congratulations to an all Post 34 alumi coaching staff led by Daniel Gershen, Brenton Peters, Kris Pratt, Brandall Peters, Brandon Keiper, T.J. Holdrege, and Greyson Rauch.
Particularly proud of Post 34 member, Marine infantry veteran, and Post 34 Rangers bench coach, Forrest Walker for mentoring the coaches and players leadership from the front lines. Forrest is in his second year of a 4-year Posse Foundation Veterans Program scholarship to attend Wesleyan University.
Post 34 Leesburg Rangers Tournament Runner-Up
Pairings and Results:
Wilmington 10, Leesburg 0
Leesburg 12, Souderton 10
Leesburg 9, Broad Street Park 2
Souderton 10, Wilmington 9
Leesburg 5, Vienna 4
Severna Park 5, Souderton 2
Wilmington 2, Broad Street Park 1
Souderton 13, Spring City 1
Leesburg 7, Rockland 0
Broad Street Park 4, Vienna 3
Wilmington 9, Severna Park 1
Broad Street Park 7, Souderton 3
Wilmington 1, Rockland 0
Vienna 7, Spring City 6
Severna Park 5, Leesburg 4
ALB Department of Virginia Champion 2018
Championship game underway at 2:00 pm. Final score 15-1.
After moving the loser bracket game to a backup field...the skies opened up, rained that game out and shut the backup field down.
We were able to complete the suspended winner bracket game this morning at James Wood HS; however, the rain continued and prevented any additional winner bracket games today.
Given the drop dead date of Saturday, the only feasible option is to drop the loser bracket games and play for a champion between the two undefeated teams.
Additionally, no team can play 3 games in a given day. Post 86 Adams and Post 180 Vienna will play a single winner take all game at 2:00 pm at James Wood HS tomorrow.
American Legion Post 21
Hotel: Best Western, Address: 711 Millwood Ave, Winchester VA
James Wood High School, 161 Apple Pie Ridge Road, Winchester, VA 22603
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Congratulations to Post 16 Lynchburg, Virginia Champions!
Congratulations to Post 156 Orange, Virginia Runner-up!
Thanks to Post 290 Stafford for hosting the tournament, for providing a tournament dinner; and for all the hard work getting the field playable after the torrential rains.
Thanks to our Tournament Staff: Dave Stein, Tommy Whitlow, and Justin Carlisle.
American Legion Post 290 Stafford
Address: 1151 Mountain View Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Hotel: Best Western Aquia-Quantico Inn, 2868 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford VA 22554
Stafford American Legion Post 290 Sports Complex, 1151 Mountain View Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22406
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