With a 3-2 record, the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth 13-under All-Stars finished second in the recent state baseball tournament in New Kent.
Arlington lost its third game to eventual champion Glen Allen, 5-1, then rallied to nip Williamsburg, 6-5, in nine innings in its next game before facing Glen Allen again. In that contest, Arlington lost, 18-1.
Arlington earlier had blanked Augusta County, 10-0, in its first game and topped Charlottesville, 6-4, in its second.
The win over Williamsburg came on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Thad Gabel in the bottom of the ninth to score Ben Rosini.
“The boys showed a lot of heart to come back,” Arlington manager Mike Cowell said. “There is no quit in those guys.”
Arlington was led by strong pitching by Kyle Black, Andy McEnerny and Javier Murray. Isaac Hobbs (catcher) and Easton Belongia (shortstop) were the anchors on defense. Gabel, Rosini, Bradley Labant, Simon Rubenstein, Elijah Hughes, Abraham Tay and Callan Marshall contributed.
Gabel, Belongia and Murray were among those with multiple-hit games. Gabel, Murray, Hobbs and Labant were among players with multiple-RBI contests.
The 13s now advance to the Southeast Region Tournament, beginning July 23 in Williamsburg.
* The Arlington Senior Babe Ruth 14-under All-Stars also finished second in their state baseball tournament in Herndon, compiling a 3-2 record.
Arlington won its first three games over Augusta County, 11-1, Stafford, 4-3, and Southwest Youth, 4-1, in 10 innings. Then it lost two straight to Southwest, 5-0 and 4-3, on a two-out walkoff hit in the bottom of the seventh.
Arlington led 3-0 in the final game after two innings, but didn’t score again.
“You have to give them credit. We didn’t make any fielding errors all day, but we didn’t get our bats going enough in those two games,” Arlington manager Mike Krulfeld said.
Having a couple of runners thrown out on the bases in the final loss also hurt Arlington. John Farrell had two hits in the loss and James Thiriez two RBI.
In the 4-1 win over Southwest, Tommy Devens had two hits and Trevor McAndrews two RBI and two hits. Chase Rubin pitched seven innings.
McAndrews, Thiriez, Devens, Farrell, Rubin, J.J. Foti, Wade Bringham and Ryan Powers had multiple hits or multiple RBI in Arlington’s first two games. Rubin, Lorenzo Snyder, Sean Upton and James Pilot did the pitching.
Arlington now advances to the Southeast Region Tournament in Stafford.