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Jul, 2022

PITCHERS COME THROUGH FOR FAIRFAX AMERICAN IN 9-11 STATE TOURNAMENT POOL PLAY

PITCHERS COME THROUGH FOR FAIRFAX AMERICAN IN 9-11 STATE TOURNAMENT POOL PLAY  

by Ben Nuckols




 The Fairfax American 9-11 Majors All-Stars rode strong pitching to advance out of their pool and into the bracket at the state tournament in West Springfield, concluding a memorable summer run for the District 10 champions. 

After a 5-4 loss to Atlee in the team’s tournament opener, Giovanni pitched three innings of one-hit ball in Fairfax American’s second game, a 7-1 win over Cave Spring, and Oliver and Grady combined on a three-hitter as Fairfax American beat Bedford 5-0, with Grady contributing five innings of one-hit relief. 

The tournament ended for Fairfax American in its first bracket game, a 9-1 loss to Loudoun South American. 

Fairfax had a rough second inning in its July 14 opener against Atlee but rallied late to force a tense finish. Atlee scored five times in the second, an inning that was extended by a two-out error. Only one of the five runs allowed by starting pitcher Jonah was earned. 

Atlee’s starting pitcher held Fairfax scoreless over the first three innings, striking out seven, walking none and giving up two hits. But Fairfax broke through in the fifth. Oliver singled, Shane walked and, with two outs, Brian got Fairfax on the board with a two-run single. 

Fairfax caused Atlee some major stress in the fifth. Bradley Singled, Kyle walked and Grady hit a fielder’s-choice grounder that made it 5-3. Jonah singled to make it a one-run game before Atlee’s pitcher got out of the jam with a strikeout and a grounder. 

Fairfax relievers Bradley, Jameson and Shane combined to throw 3 1/3 shutout innings, setting up their team for the comeback. 

Fairfax had a solid first inning against Cave Spring, getting singles from Logan and Bradley and taking advantage of two errors and a passed ball to take a 3-0 lead. After his third dominant inning on the mound, Giovanni led off the bottom half with a double and scored on a single by Kyle. 

Bradley doubled to left to lead off the fifth and scored on Kyle’s sacrifice fly. Grady followed with a double and Jonah singled him home, later scoring on a grounder by Jameson. Bradley closed it out on the mound with two scoreless innings, sending Fairfax into the bracket. 

In the loss to Loudoun South, Fairfax American didn’t have a hit in the first two innings as it fell behind 5-0. Fairfax went out swinging, though, finishing the game with nine hits, including two singles by Bradley and a double by Jameson, who scored the only run for Fairfax on Brian’s RBI single. 


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