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Battlefield Baseball: Late rally nets Foxes a crown

KING GEORGE SURGES PAST EASTERN VIEW

IN BATTLEFIELD DISTRICT BASEBALL TITLE GAME

By STEVE FRANZELLO

It took more than 20 years for King George to capture its second regular-season baseball title.

The Foxes won 11 Battlefield District games this season and earned a share of the district title along with Spotsylvania and Caroline.

For much of Thursday’s tournament championship game against fast-starting Eastern View, it appeared that they would have to be content with that accomplishment.

But this is a resilient team that keeps on battling, no matter what the circumstances. And against the Cyclones, they proved it in dramatic fashion.

Down to their last out, the Foxes tied the game on a double to left field by Dylan Dombrowskas, then pulled out a 6–5 victory in the bottom of the eighth on an infield hit by Cody Bell.

In addition to the district title, the win earned King George (18–3) a home game against Warhill in Monday’s Region I quarterfinals.

Eastern View (12–10) will also be in action. The Cyclones will travel to York on the same day.

Eastern View built a a 5–2 lead after three innings. The Cyclones scored four times in the fourth and rode the strong pitching of freshman A.J. Stead to the early lead.

But King George kept chipping away at the deficit and finally pulled even in the seventh. The Foxes made their comeback behind the pitching duo of Dustin Phillips and Lex Estes, and also went deep twice to spark the comeback.

Catcher Tyler Truslow and designated hitter Damion Carroll both smacked home runs to key the rally. Carroll’s blast came in the fifth and scored David Hunt to make it 5–4.

In the seventh, Carroll walked, stole second and scored to tie the game after Dombrowskas ripped a line drive to the left field corner.

After Estes shut down the side in the top of the eighth, the Foxes got the winning run when Truslow singled and courtesy runner Stephen Jenkins moved to second on a bunt by Matthew Hunt, stole third and then scored the winning run on Bell’s grounder up the middle.

    Eastern View 10 40 00 00 5 8 2

    King George 01 01 20 11 6 6 2

    A.J. Stead, Tanner May (7), BEN PITTMAN (8) and Pittman, Austin Huff (8). Dustin Phillips, LEX ESTES (6) and Tyler Truslow.

CONSOLATION GAME

Spotsylvania 6, Caroline 1

Spotylvania captured its first regional playoff berth in three years with a 6–1 victory over Caroline.

The Knights (15–7) broke open a close game with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Second baseman Lucas Weaver went 2 for 4 and scored two runs.

Jacob King went the distance, limiting the Cavaliers to two hits while striking out seven.

Sean Pico struck out eight for the Cavaliers, who finished the season at 15–5.

“It’s great to be going back into the playoffs,” said Spotsylvania coach Ryan Davenport. “Jacob King threw a great game. We couldn’t have played better defensively.”

The Knights will visit Southampton for a Region I quarterfinal contest on Monday.

    R H E

    Caroline 0001 000 1 2 2

    Spotsylvania 1001 04x 6 8 0

    SEAN PICO, Joe Shiflett (6) and Will Shiflett. JACOB KING and Tommy Houck.

Steve Franzello: 540/374-5440

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