With a 4-2 record, the farewell tour ended for the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth 16-18 All-Stars with a third-place finish at the state baseball tournament in South Hill.
Arlington advanced to the state as the District 6 Tournament champion.
“We had a great time, we played some great baseball and had a couple of great pitching performances,” Arlington manager Kevin Jones said. “The games we lost we could have won, but we just didn’t capitalize on some things and situations and stranded too many runners. We didn’t get those critical hits at the right time.”
The team was compiled of a number of players who have played Babe Ruth ball for years in Arlington and have won championship with previous all-star teams. The group was hoping to win a state title this summer, and maybe even a Southeast Region crown, then moving on to the World Series.
In the state tourney, Arlington won its first two games, defeating Greensville, 7-5, then Dinwiddie, 12-0.
Arlington fell to champion Southwestern Youth, 5-3, in its third game, bounced back with wins over Nottoway, 9-2, and Greene County, 4-0, before being eliminated by runner-up South Hill, 4-1.
Arlington was offered a spot to move on to the region tournament despite the third-place, but turned it down.
In the state, left-hander Aidan Henning earned two wins, throwing a complete game against Nottoway. Against Dinwiddie, starter Ryan Edelstein and Jonah Margosis combined for the shutout. Will Fineman started and Ben Koomey threw in relief against Greensville.
Josh Jones hurled a shutout against Greene County and Bart Marshall went the distance against South Hill.
Henning, Jones, Trey Haley and Sam Nichols led the team in batting. Luke Sedor caught almost the entire tournament, often two games per day.
Dylan Anderson and Jack Winslow also were big contributors. Reese Pickard and Kyle Olcott played as well.
“It was a great trip.,” Kevin Jones said. “We dealt with some adversity after losing one of our starting pitchers to an injury early on, but the guys battled and gave themselves opportunities to win the title. This was a very talented group who represented Arlington well. It was great to see the high level of competition from Senior Babe Ruth programs around the state. Frankly, I think our guys were a little surprised, but they were happy to take on the challenge.”