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Rangers make most of being regional baseball host

The only reason the Leesburg Rangers of Post 34 have played in the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Senior Baseball Tournament in recent years is due to being the host squad. Now with three straight finishes in the upper half of the regional field, plus winning the whole thing before their home fans a year ago, the Rangers have shown that they most definitely belong.

Rangers’ run through regionals ends in semifinals

The Leesburg Rangers of American Legion Post 34 saw their luck run out Sunday afternoon, losing 8-6 to the Pennsylvania champions in the semifinal of the Mid-Atlantic Senior Regional Baseball Tournament at Fireman's Field in Purcellville.

The Leesburg Rangers are 2-1 through three games as the host team in the 2017 American Legion Mid-Atlantic Region Senior Baseball Tournament.—Courtesy Photo

Leesburg Rangers bounce back with consecutive wins

After dropping their opening game of the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Region Senior Baseball Tournament. the 2016 regional champion Post 34 Leesburg Rangers have rattled off consecutive wins to advance to Saturday's portion of the double-elimination tournament.

Leesburg Rangers fall in American Legion regional opener

The defending regional champion Leesburg Rangers of Post 34 got off to a rough start Wednesday night in the American Legion Mid-Atlantic Region Senior Baseball Tournament, losing 11-2 to the Pennsylvania champion from Ephrata Post 429 inside Fireman's Field in Purcellville. The Rangers carried a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning, but Ephrata tallied four runs in the fourth and six more in the seventh.

Cannons upended in Valley Baseball League playoffs

Inside a full and occasionally raucous Fireman's Field, the North Division pennant-winning Purcellville Cannons lost to the No. 4 seed and red hot Winchester Royals 9-4 Tuesday night, falling in the first-round playoff series 2-1 in a tense match-up that builds a growing Valley Baseball League rivalry.

The Lower Loudoun Little League Juniors level All-Star team.—Courtesy Photo

Lower Loudoun wins Little League Juniors state championship

The Lower Loudoun Little League Juniors (ages 13-14) level All-Star team recently won the Virginia State Tournament championship in Bluefield and will next play in the Little League Juniors Southeast Regional Tournament.

Tom Sutera was dominant in four innings of scoreless relief.—File Photo

Cannons rally to win playoff opener

A four-run seventh inning combined with four scoreless innings of relief by Tom Sutera led the Purcellville Cannons to a 5-3 victory against the Winchester Royals in the first round of the Valley Baseball League playoffs July 30 at Fireman's Field in Purcellville. The Cannons take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, with game two scheduled for July 31 in Winchester.

The Leesburg Post 34 Rangers will once again host the American Legion Mid-Atlantic tournament in August. The Rangers won the eight-team tournament in 2016 to earn a trip to the World Series.—Courtesy Photo

Leesburg Rangers aim for repeat crown at regional tournament

A year ago, a band of local ballplayers wearing green and orange and calling themselves the Leesburg Rangers pulled off a remarkable feat, going the distance to win the American Legion Mid-Atlantic tournament as the host team and advancing to play in the World Series on ESPN.

Central Loudoun’s American League 11-12 All-Star team.—Photo Courtesy/Peri McMeans

Central Loudoun wins District 16 baseball tournament

The Central Loudoun American League 11-12 All-Star team won the District 16 tournament championship to earn a spot in the Virginia State Little League tournament. Central Loudoun American defeated Loudoun South National 2-1 in the championship game July 15 to complete an undefeated run in the district tournament.

Andrue Hughart delivered a quality start in Purcellville’s 2-1 home victory against Front Royal.—Times-Mirror/Mike Walgren

Purcellville Cannons halt losing skid, clinch playoff berth

A strong start by Andrue Hughart helped the Purcellville Cannons snap a four-game losing streak and secure a spot in the Valley Baseball League playoffs Friday evening at Fireman's Field. Hughart limited Front Royal to one run in six-plus innings and Tom Sutera closed the door for the save in the Cannons' 2-1 home victory.

The Loudoun South National All-Star team.—Courtesy Photo

Loudoun South National tops diamond charts

The Loudoun South National League All-Star team recently won the District 16 championship in the ages 8-10 division. Following an early loss, Loudoun South National worked through the loser's bracket to reach the championship game.

The Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth 15U team.—Photo Courtesy/Robert Nelson

Greater Loudoun wins District 9 crown

The Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth 15U team swept Summit Point (W. Va.) in a best two-of-three championship series to win the Virginia District 9 title and earn a spot in the state tournament.

J.B. Bukauskas is officially a member of the Houston Astros organization.—Photo Courtesy/UNC athletics

Ashburn ace J.B. Bukauskas signs with Houston Astros

Stone Bridge High School alum J.B. Bukauskas has agreed to a contract with the Houston Astros, the Major League Baseball organization that drafted him with the 15th overall pick in the 2017 draft. The 20-year-old right-handed pitcher reportedly received a $3.6 million signing bonus.

Briar Woods players and coaches rejoice during the Virginia 5A state championship game versus Halifax County.—Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser

Briar Woods’ Miller selected as state’s top baseball coach

After guiding Briar Woods High School to its first state baseball championship in 2017, Jason Miller has been selected as Coach of the Year on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Virginia Baseball Team. Briar Woods senior Michael Ludowig and Loudoun County junior Will Schroeder earned first-team honors.

Coach Fuller, four players to represent Cannons in VBL All-Star game

As head coach of the team with the best record in the North division, Brett Fuller of the Purcellville Cannons will guide the North team in the 2017 Valley Baseball League All-Star Game, set for July 9 at James Madison University’s Veterans Memorial Park.

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