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American Legion baseball: Post 2001 Ashburn powers past Post 72 Warrenton

The Post 2001 Ashburn Knights have been able to rely on their bats throughout this season, even when games were not close. On Wednesday, the bats saved them. The No 1 seed Knights defeated Post 72 Warrenton 13-10 at Tuscarora High School to move on to the winner’s bracket semifinals.

American Legion baseball: Post 21 Winchester edges Post 34 Leesburg

Starting pitcher Cameron Eck and and the rest of the Post 34 Leesburg Rangers started jogging off the field in celebration. The Rangers thought they had just escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam by turning a double play to keep its deficit at 1-0. Not so fast.

Will Reed, a Loudoun Valley High School alum, has been dominant in his relief role for the Purcellville Cannons throughout the 2016 season.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Big crowds boost Cannons in first season in Purcellville

The Purcellville Cannons Collegiate Baseball Club's move from Charles Town, W.Va. to Loudoun County for the 2016 Valley Baseball League season has proved to be an instant hit. Playing their home games at picturesque Fireman's Field in Purcellville, the Cannons are among the league leaders in attendance with an average draw of 650 spectators per home date.

Jarrett Clymer slides head first into home plate with the winning run as the Purcellville Cannons turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 victory versus the New Market Rebels.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

Walk-off win moves Cannons closer to final playoff spot

The Purcellville Cannons took a big step toward earning a spot in the Valley Baseball League playoffs with a walk-off win Sunday night against the New Market Rebels. Jarrett Clymer scored on a wild pitch in the home half of the 10th inning to give the Cannons a 3-2 victory in front of 795 spectators at Fireman's Field in Purcellville.

Coastal Carolina sophomore Zack Hopeck earned the start for the opening game of the 2016 College World Series finals. Hopeck said of the experience, “You get to play on a stage like this, it’s just second to none. It’s awesome. It’s unbelievable.”—Photo Courtesy/Coastal Carolina athletics

Heritage grad Zack Hopeck helps Coastal Carolina win College World Series

From Heritage High School to the biggest stage of college baseball. Sophomore righty Zack Hopeck started game one of the 2016 College World Series finals for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Three days later, Hopeck and his Coastal Carolina teammates were hoisting the championship trophy.

Cub Scouts Pack 1500 from Brambleton present the colors during the national anthem at a recent game between host Post 2001 Ashburn and Post 34 Leesburg at Stone Bridge High School.—Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

American Legion baseball heats up

After his Post 34 Leesburg Rangers team fell for the second time this season to the Post 2001 Ashburn Knights, Rangers manager Daniel Gershen was asked if a rivalry exists between the two local squads. As Gershen prepared to answer, Rangers second baseman Jack Howard, standing behind collecting his gear, stood up and shook his head in agreement feverishly.

VHSL Group 5A All-State baseball team

Briar Woods third baseman Nathan Davis has earned first-team honors on the 2016 Virginia High School League Group 5A All-State baseball team. Lawton Riggs and Dave Mocabee of Stone Bridge, and Michael Ludowig of Briar Woods received second-team honors.

Caleb Barnes takes a swing during the Ashburn Knights’ 14-10 win versus the Leesburg Rangers.—Times-Mirror/Buzz Covington

Knights outslug Rangers in American Legion baseball showdown

On a night where big innings were the name of the game, the Post 2001 Ashburn Knights produced a pair of big innings, which pushed the host Knights to a 14-10 win over the Post 34 Leesburg Rangers in American Legion baseball action Tuesday at Stone Bridge High School.

VHSL Group 4A All-State baseball team

Loudoun Valley senior catcher Hunter Gore and Loudoun County sophomore utility Will Schroeder garnered first-team honors on the Virginia High School League Group 4A All-State baseball team. Woodgrove's Austin Rader and Loudoun Valley's Kurtis Meyer and Logan Cooper were each selected on the second team.

Four Tuscarora student-athletes set to play college baseball

Tuscarora High School's baseball program recently celebrated four seniors who will continue their baseball careers in college. Joey Skov, Noah Lacy, Cole Gabriele and Brent Breeden will each play on the diamond at the next level.

Loudoun Valley High School alum Will Reed prepares to deliver a pitch for the Purcellville Cannons.—Times-Mirror/Doug Stroud

The Cannons hit home: Purcellville’s new team wins first home game

The announced attendance at Fireman's Field was just shy of 700, though the crowd's enthusiasm at the Purcellville Cannons Collegiate Baseball Club's debut made it sound like significantly more. On a humid June 3 evening, the 119-year-old Valley Baseball League played on Purcellville's historic baseball grounds for the first time ever, giving the home fans plenty of reason to cheer.

Park View sophomore defender David Rivera plays the ball in the air during the Patriots’ 3-1 victory against Fauquier.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun’s Varsity Sports Rewind: May 30-June 3 postseason games

Loudoun County (4A West girls' soccer), Park View (4A West boys' soccer), Tuscarora (5A North girls' soccer) and Woodgrove (4A West softball) each won regional tournament championships Friday night.

All-Conference 14 baseball team

Briar Woods High School senior Caleb Barnes is the Player of the Year on the 2016 Conference 14 baseball team. Jason Miller of Briar Woods has been selected as Coach of the Year. Broad Run, Potomac Falls, Stone Bridge and Tuscarora are also represented.

Briar Woods and Tuscarora have each advanced to the semifinal round of the 5A North Region girls’ soccer tournament.—File Photo/Rick Wasser

A look ahead: Regional playoff pairings

The varsity postseason continues this week with regional tournament action. Teams will vie for regional supremacy and to earn state tournament bids as the 4A West Region and the 5A North Region will crown champions in baseball, softball, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, boys' lacrosse' girls' lacrosse, boys' tennis and girls' tennis.

Briar Woods falls to Potomac 4-1 as breakthrough season ends in regional playoffs

The Briar Woods Falcons gathered one last time as a team in right field. As they hugged and embraced one another, with many shedding a tear, they had one final meeting before adjourning for the summer. They knew some would head off to college, and some would return next season.

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