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They are the definition of a championship team.
The 2009 spring sports baseball season that yielded five wins and 14 losses, seems like a distant memory. On Thursday, at the King George High School baseball stadium, the Foxes varsity baseball program took giant step into school history.
Amid a loud, and raucous Eastern View dugout, and trailing 5-1 with only four innings to go, the Foxes (11-3, 19-3) did what they do best. After a gut check, the Foxes methodically climbed back into the game with clutch hitting to win the tournament championship that has escaped them for the last 25 years.
After Cody Bell drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning, the entire Fox baseball team erupted into celebratory bedlam. It was victory well deserved for a team that earned a share of the regular season championship, and most recently, defeated third seed Bay Rivers power, Warhill, 7-4 in the quarterfinal round of the Region I playoffs. “I wish there were more the kids that were here in the last two years, because championships like this don’t just pop up,” Foxes head coach Thad Reviello said. “After they bought into our system, we changed the dynamics, and started winning games right away.”
The rewards for the Foxes seniors, and what they have contributed to the baseball program are indescribable. “Now that our six seniors are now champions, it simply doesn’t get any better than this,” Reviello said.
Eastern View took an early 1-0 lead after Nate Yakes scored from a bases loaded walk in the top of the first inning.
Tyler Truslow tied the game with a lead off solo homerun in the bottom of the second inning.
In the top the third inning, the Cyclones took a four run lead. Cyclone junior, Justin Gardner capitalized on a bases loaded situation, with a clutch single that scored two runs. Moments later, AJ Snead scored a run on a sacrifice grounder. During the course of the put out, the Cyclones managed to score two runs.
After the Foxes picked up their second run on a sacrifice grounder from Michael Hundley, Damion Carroll cut the lead to 5-4, by crushing a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning.
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Dombrowskas tied the game (5-5) with a double into centerfield. The game was sent into overtime.
In bottom of the eighth inning, with one runner aboard (Tyler Truslow), Bell scored the game winning run with a RBI single into shallow centerfield.
After five innings of mound duty, senior Dustin Phillips was awarded the pitching win. Lex Estes pitched two innings for the save.
Earlier in the week, the Foxes defeated Caroline in the district semi-finals, 3-2 in another nail-biter on the grounds of King George.
With the exception of the top of the sixth inning, the district semi-final game featuring Caroline and King George was pitcher’s duel between Carroll, and Tyler Daig.
After two scoreless innings, the Foxes managed to score a run from a pitcher’s balk. Later in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Foxes capitalized on a Cavalier throwing error, which scored David Hunt from second base. In the bottom half of the fifth inning, Matthew Hunt crushed a single up the middle to score Zak Kegley for the Foxes final run.
Carroll closed out the game in the top of the seventh by forcing the final Cavalier batter to ground out. Carroll was also credited with the pitching victory.
Region I first round recap
On Monday, the Foxes continued their journey into postseason play with a first round Region I 7-4 win over visiting Warhill.
The Lions applied pressure on King George early in the game with a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After Hunter Hux reached first base on a Fox fielding error, Blake Wills scored from third base during a run-down for the Lions third out of the inning.
In the following bottom half of the first inning, Dombrowskas cut the Lion lead to one as reached base on a throwing error that scored Carroll. Later in the inning, with two outs, David Hunt crushed a single into left field that scored Truslow for the Foxes second run.
In the following inning, Dombrowskas extended the Fox lead to 4-2 with a two-run RBI double.
The Lions redeemed themselves in the top of the fifth inning, when they tied the game at 4-4, on a sacrifice grounder, and Fox throwing error.
In the bottom of the fifth inning the Foxes scored three runs from a Bell RBI walk, a Jordan Estes RBI single, and a David Hunt RBI bunt. Carroll was credited with the pitching win, while Lex Estes shut down the Lions for two innings in relief work for the save.
On Wednesday, the Foxes will travel to Courtland, VA to play Southhampton High School in the Region I semi-final game. Game time is 4:30 p.m.