- Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 April 2010 21:35
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Last Thursday, prior to the opening day of the first game of Little League T-Ball level at Hurt Field in Montross, an eagle flew over the ballpark. Whether the sighting of bird was a patriotic symbolic gesture of good sportsmanship or a sign that baseball’s rite of athletic passage was in full effect, the reality that everyone felt, before and after the event, was a shared communion of fun and relaxation.
In keeping with tradition, the Westmoreland County Little League (WCLL) officials withdrew the usual pomp and circumstance associated with throwing out the first pitch and opening day speeches to focus solely on the game itself. Images of Dodgers, Marlins, Twins, and Athletics T-Ball teams lined up along the baselines singing the national anthem, and gave new meaning to community pride. The parking lot at Hurt Field was packed to capacity with parents committed to providing support to WCLL.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 April 2010 05:00
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Opening Day was picture perfect for the start of the 30th season for King George Little League Baseball, which was held on Saturday at Barnesfield Park. The sun was shining, the temperature was warm, not stifling, and the program was well done. KGLL President Jim Roberts spoke to a large crowd of players, coaches, parents and fans in a short but sweet speech highlighting King George Little League. “Play ball,” Roberts proclaimed at the conclusion of his address. Then the King George High School JROTC Color Guard marched forward to prepare for the traditional playing of the National Anthem.
Rachel “Boom Boom” Sheehan, a member of the Challenger Reds team, did an outstanding job in her flawless, heartfelt singing performance of the National Anthem to kick off the KGLL season. Last season Rachel performed the anthem, by invitation, at the World-Wide Challenger Jamboree in Virginia Beach in front of 20,000 people, according to her coach Linda Davis.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 April 2010 21:11
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The mere suggestion that America’s greatest pastime is just a kid’s game can never be further from the truth in the heartland of the Northern Neck.
Whether it’s softball or baseball, the game has become an interwoven part of the sports culture associated with the Montross community. By reveling in all aspects of the game Abner Doubleday invented more than 100 years ago, the community has embraced the sport in the same fashion that thousands of other communities around the country have.
Most recently, the Montross Middle School girls’ softball and boys’ baseball teams hosted the Northumberland Indians. The high-spirited contests ignited a social fanfare of cheering, exchanging banter, adults bonding with their children as they played catch, and an uncontrollable urge to congratulate their chosen teams on a game well played.
For Montross Middle School head coach Richard Behun, the game has a deeper meaning. Now in his second year, he carries on the legacy of father who passed away last year before tryouts.
“He was more excited about me being a coach than anything, but he never got to see me coach,” Behun said. “He was always a third based base coach, and he is the reason why I am a third base coach.”
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 16:01
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Their destiny is written in the fabric of America’s greatest pastime. Tom Clift, Potomac Warriors 13 (5-1) and under manager and King George resident had a long-term goal to prepare this team for the next level. Currently, the Warriors are on a warpath, taking on the toughest USSSA 13 and under competition in the tri-state region and beyond.
“We started out with the goal of making it to the high school level; however, our hope now is to have our players capable of playing college level baseball someday,” Clift said during a recent practice at Trinity Field in King George.
The Potomac Warriors 13 and under team is an extension of the Potomac Warriors 14 and under Maryland-based team.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 16:24
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The King George varsity baseball program is definitely headed in the right direction. For the first time in years, the Foxes are showing signs of dominance in every aspect of the game. After defeating Washington & Lee and Colonial Beach, the Foxes are now 2-0. Results of the Eagles vs. Foxes game on Tuesday were not available due to press deadlines.
After King George Director of Human Resources William Wishard threw out first pitch to celebrate the inaugural debut of the Foxes new baseball field, the partisan Fox fans could only watch in awe. The Foxes made short work of the Drifters by delivering a 15 run shutout.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Foxes took a 6-0 lead that featured hits by Troy Thompson, Dylan Dombrowkas and Collin Blake. After picking up a run in the second inning, Theo Klopsis blew the game wide open in the third inning with the ballpark’s first ever three-run homerun.
The Foxes would score two more runs in the fourth inning. The Foxes’ offense resulted in 11 hits, while the Drifters finished with three hits. In four innings of shutout work, Fox senior Ethan Slemp produced seven strikeouts, one walk and gave up three hits. Damion Carroll completed the Foxes’ mound duties with three strikeouts to retired the side, and win the game.
(photo: King George Director of Human Resources William Wishard throws out the first pitch during the opening of the Foxes new baseball field.)
Leonard M. Banks