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Jun, 2022

8-10 Majors District 10 Tournament Recap

Rhyan and Cooper combined to pitch six strong innings, and Fairfax American completed a remarkable turnaround, beating Fairfax National 4-3 in the District 10 8-10 Majors championship game at Chilcott Stadium on Monday night. The AL team lost its first two games of the district tournament but won rematches against both SYA East and Fairfax National to advance to the state tournament, which begins July 8 in Lynchburg. 

Rhyan got off to a shaky start in the championship game, allowing the first three Fairfax National batters to reach. Carter doubled to put the NL team ahead 1-0, and two more runs scored on a groundout and a wild pitch. But Rhyan was nearly flawless from there, working a perfect second inning and getting out of jams in the third and fourth. Rhyan also scored the first run for the AL team, coming home on a wild pitch after reaching on an error to lead off the third. Cooper followed with an RBI single to get the AL within 3-2. 

Fairfax American pulled ahead in the fifth when Cooper walked, Jack doubled and Joshua and Emmett drove them in on groundouts. Handed the ball with a one-run lead, Cooper took care of the rest. He struck out two batters with runners on second and third in the fifth inning, then retired the side in order on the sixth on two popups and a strikeout. The AL squad had just four hits in the title game, but the defense was flawless behind Rhyan and Cooper. 

Elliot and Aiden had two hits apiece for Fairfax National, which advanced to the championship game with a thrilling 2-1 win over Chantilly in the semifinals. And the NL pitchers nearly matched their AL counterparts. Starter Henry worked four innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, and Connor and Eliot combined to give up one hit in their two innings of relief. 

The AL team began the tournament with an 8-4 loss to SYA East. Cooper and Joshua had two hits each in that game, and Peter drove in two runs. Then came the first AL-NL matchup, an 8-3 win for Fairfax National. The AL team got the win it needed to advance out of pool play by beating ANSLL 8-1, again riding its two aces. Starting pitcher Rhyan worked in and out of trouble before Cooper pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight. Emmett worked the sixth to preserve the win. 

In the rematch against SYA East, Fairfax American’s bats heated up. Joshua had three hits, scored twice and drove in two to pace a 16-hit attack for the AL team in an 11-6 win. Colby, Cooper, Peter, Brooks, Joseph and Rhyan added two hits apiece. Starting pitcher Jack gave the team plenty of time to build its big lead, allowing one hit in four scoreless innings. 

Fairfax National began the tournament by breezing to 21-3 win over SYA West that was called after three innings. Aiden went 4-for-4 with two doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored, and Carter and Grayson each had three hits. 

Grayson had three more hits in the NL squad’s 8-3 win over Fairfax American. Elliot had two hits and Jack drove in two runs, and Connor worked three scoreless innings in relief. 

A big inning by Chantilly doomed Fairfax to its only loss of the tournament, 13-8, setting up a rematch in the semifinals that turned into an incredible pitcher’s duel. Carter started for Fairfax National and gave up a run in the first but cruised from there, allowing three hits and two walks on 74 pitches in 4 2/3 innings. But the opposing starter was just as good, taking a shutout into the sixth. With Fairfax National’s season on the line, Jack singled with one out, Henry followed with another single and Connor drove in Jack on a fielder’s-choice grounder to send the game to extra innings. 

Henry polished off his flawless relief outing by striking out the first two batters in the seventh, then escaping a two-out walk. In the bottom half, with Chantilly finally forced to go to the bullpen, Jude led off with a walk, Grayson doubled and Elliot smacked a single to right to give the NL team the walk-off win. 

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