Last week during Spring Break, many local baseball teams partook in a tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC. There were 72 teams comprised of varsity teams from 5 states along the eastern chunk of America. All of these teams were a part of the most heavily populated portion of the tournament compared to the first two weeks from late March and the first week of April. A few of these teams from last week were from Fairfax County, including West Potomac and Fairfax.
West Potomac beat Conway from South Carolina, 9-7, last Wednesday, but lost the other two games that they played in against Cicero-North Syracuse (New York) 3-1 and then they fell to Greer (Also South Carolina) in a painful 5-4 loss. The Wolverines resumed regular season play this past week starting off with a Tuesday night matchup against T.C. Williams. For Jimmy Linza, (West Potomac’s Head Coach) it was a joy just to be there. “This was the first time in our school’s 34-year history that we got invited to this, so it was a big moment for all of us,” he said. Linza also noted that while the team had fun, including a practice on a nearby beach, there was a strong lesson to be learned. “A 1 week/ 5 game tourney is grueling, but our team realized that we need more than just our starters to be successful this season.”
Fairfax High School struggled a little as well, they got blown out in their first game 14-2 against McBee, but they were able to defeat York by the score of 2-1. Fairfax also returns to action Tuesday night against West Springfield Tuesday following their time in Myrtle Beach. Their win against York stopped the current struggles that the team has had the past few weeks of the season.
The champion of this tournament was Yorktown who redeemed themselves from last year’s disastrous 0-4 campaign. The Patriots went 4-1 this year and defeated Battlefield 4-1 in the semi-finals. Battlefield was the top contender coming into this tournament, according to NOVA Baseball magazine . The Mingo Bay Classic ended its 3-week tournament run last Friday and all the teams are now able to resume their current season of playing ball, as well as being prepared for being beckoned to join this annual tournament in 2020.