W-L pitcher James Mellin

Washington-Lee pitcher James Mellin makes a pickoff throw to first base against Chantilly. (Photo by Dave Facinoli)

The task was tall for the Washington-Lee Generals in their first-round game of the 6A North Region Tournament.

The Generals knew they had to play clean on defense, get stingy pitching and scratch together a couple of runs in order to have a chance to defeat the host Chantilly Chargers on May 30 in the baseball game. That didn’t happen. The Generals lost, 10-0, to end its season.

“We had to play very well to win and we didn’t,” Washington-Lee coach Doug Grove said. “These teams out here are pretty good and they take advantage of your mistakes.”

Washington-Lee (11-12) had just three hits, two by senior center fielder Hunter Gray and the other by Cameron Anderson. On defense, the Generals made three errors, which led to six unearned runs. 

Washington-Lee had just four base-runners, and none advanced past second base.

Chantilly (14-7) had 13 hits, including five doubles.

Senior right-hander James Mellin was the starting pitcher for W-L in 51/3 innings of work. Teddy Herbert finished in relief. Neither pitcher had a strikeout.

Righty Eason Recto was the starter and winner for Chantilly in five innings of work. Ben McGrath was 4 for 4 for Chantilly and Mike Sciorra had two hits and two RBI.

The three Chantilly pitchers did not walk a batter.

With the help of an infield error, Chantilly scored its first four runs, all unearned, in the second inning.

“We could have been out of the inning. That was big,” Grove said.

The Chargers added a run in the fourth, three in the fifth, then two more in the sixth.

rgers added a run in the fourth, three in the fifth, then two more in the sixth.

NOTE: Washington-Lee was playing in the region baseball tournament for the 12th year in a row.

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