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Seniors Gino Ventrice, left, and Dylan Counts stand side-by-side in the Briar Woods’ dugout to form the No. 15 in honor of Gavin Rupp.—Photo Courtesy/Don Ventrice

Briar Woods doubles up Stone Bridge in “Batter Up for Rupp” game

Gavin Rupp would have loved a night like the one April 22 at Briar Woods High School. He would have loved to have been playing alongside many of his closest friends, playing at his favorite position of shortstop donned from head to toe in a No. 15 Falcons uniform. He would have certainly loved the final result, too.

Potomac Nationals mascot Uncle Slam shakes hands with players during Central Loudoun Little League’s opening ceremony.—Photo Courtesy/Carol Taylor

CLLL celebrates the start of Little League season

Central Loudoun Little League held its Opening Ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the spring season April 9 at Riverside High School in Leesburg. Leesburg Mayor Dave Butler kicked off the festivities and former Major League Baseball pitcher Shawn Camp delivered the keynote address.

In diamond duel, Potomac Falls edges Dominion

The ball rocketed up the middle of the diamond, speeding toward center field as Dominion's potential tying run came motoring home. But Potomac Falls second baseman Tyler Cowden beat the ball to the spot, flagging it down with a running backhand stab. He decelerated, whirled and threw to first for the out, ending the fifth inning with the score still at 6-5.

Tuscarora baseball heats up during spring break

The Tuscarora Huskies made the most of their trip to Myrtle Beach during spring break. The Huskies won all three of their games by a combined score of 32-7 to move to 4-0 on the season.

Loudoun Valley sophomore Logan Cooper slides safely into home with one of the Vikings’ 16 runs in a five-inning win versus host Broad Run.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Loudoun Valley shines in opener after Broad Run honors 1991 state title team

Before it could take the field at Liberty University for the 2015 Virginia Group 3A state championship game, Loudoun Valley had to wait its turn. So the Vikings watched. And waited. And maybe even let their own minds wonder a bit, too, as they took in the 4A state title game being played before them in Lynchburg.

Heritage recognizes its college-bound athletes

Heritage High School held a college signing ceremony Feb. 4 for six student-athletes - Brandon Keiper, Chad Koehler, Carrie Lee, Cole Miller, Courtney Shea and Kaly Winslow - set to play college athletics.

Purcellville Cannons seek host families for summer season

The Cannons of the Valley Baseball League will play its first season in Purcellville this summer. The Purcellville Cannons seek host families for its roster of collegiate players.

Adams catches on with Old Dominion

Devon Adams of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax has signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Cunningham to take diamond for Boston College

Paul VI Catholic senior Jack Cunningham has signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at NCAA Division I Boston College. Cunningham is a first-team All-State and All-WCAC outfielder and holds a 3.5 GPA.

Lower Loudoun Little League adds to Hall of Fame

Lower Loudoun Little League inducted seven new members - Randy Boyer, Hal Burbey, Greg Goodlin, Ron Griffith, Johnny Murphy, Tom Schray and Mike Spring - into its Hall of Fame Nov. 19.

Play ball: Purcellville is new home for Valley Baseball League team

Collegiate level baseball is coming to Purcellville beginning in the summer of 2016. The Charles Town Cannons of the Valley Baseball League are now the Purcellville Cannons and will play their home games at picturesque Fireman's Field. The VBL is a not-for-profit NCAA and MLB-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league. The VBL season runs from early June to early August.

A historic run for CLLL National All-Stars

For the first time in the 51-year history of Central Loudoun Little League, an All-Star team from the Majors division advanced to the state championship game. Already district champions, Central Loudoun National won its first five games by a combined score of 113-33 to reach the state final before falling to the Mechanicsville All-Stars in the championship game.

Loudoun Valley ace pitcher Jack DeGroat is headed to Liberty University following a senior season that saw him earn VHSL Group 3A Player of the Year honors. He will be joined this fall or next by three Viking teammates.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Four Vikings sail for Liberty: Valley baseball lays Route 29 pipeline

There was no premeditated plan. Each ballplayer had his own decision to make about his own future, taking athletic, academic and social concerns into account. But when those decisions did come down for four Loudoun Valley High School baseball players, it turned out they were all attracted to the Flames.

TJ Holdredge takes a swing during the Leesburg Post 34 Rangers’ first game of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Senior Baseball Tournament.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Leesburg Post 34 prove to be worthy hosts at Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament

Two victories versus state champions. Forty eight hits in four games. A complete-game shutout by TJ Holdredge. A pair of leads against eventual tournament champion New Jersey Brooklawn Post 72. Leesburg Post 34 Rangers produced many memorable moments throughout the 2015 American Legion Mid-Atlantic Regional Senior Baseball Tournament as the host team.

Loudoun South All-Stars excel among elite competition

Loudoun South Little League National 9/10 All-Star team recently completed an impressive postseason run with a runner-up finish in the Tournament of State Champions in Greenville, N.C.

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