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July 10, 2015

Intermediates implode in state Little League tourney

Photos/John Huggins
Fauquier's Matt Twomey drops ball during second inning of Friday night's Virginia Little League Intermediate tournament. GFBLL lost to Fort Hunt 20-0.
Luke Schlueter tags Fort Hunt's Gabe Tose out.
Third baseman Elizabeth Bloom catches fifth inning popup.
By Chuck Jackson
Sports Editor'

Photos by John Huggins

Errors doomed Greater Fauquier’s intermediate baseball team in the state Little League tournament Friday night.

Fauquier’s 12-13-year-old team committed 13 errors during the shortened five-inning game in Alexandria.

Host Fort Hunt beat Fauquier, 20-0, in the double-elimination tourney.

As District 16 champion, the local team, which made the state tournament in only its second year of existence, will play another one-loss squad at 3 p.m. Saturday.

District 15 champion Fort Hunt sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and 13 more in the second, taking a 14-0 lead.

The Alexandria-based team used a combination of a few hits, nine errors and aggressive base running to do the damage.

“Being our first all-star game we definitely had some jitters, especially in the early innings,” Fauquier Coach Kenny Mitchell said. “I am proud the way they settled in and hung in there even when the score got out of hand.”

Fauquier’s Lucas Kramer hit a double to the left field corner in the first inning.

He got stranded when Fort Hunter starting pitcher Cole Dillaplain struck out Luke Schlueter recording his third strikeout of the inning.

Dylan Huggins singled in the second but got caught in a double play when Evan Mitchell popped up to third.

Kramer and Schlueter both walked in the fourth but reliever Justin Basset struck out Huggins and Mitchell to escape unharmed.

By then Fort Hunt led 15-0.

Huggins came in relief of Schlueter with two outs in the third. He got Luke Catanzaro to pop up to catcher Kramer for the final out of the inning.

“Dylan did a nice job on the mound for us,” Coach Mitchell said.

Tapscott relieved Huggins with two outs in the fourth after Fort Hunt scored the final five runs.

Tapscott allowed a single to Gabe Tose but Tose got thrown out when he tried going to second

Fauquier had one final baserunner in the top of the fifth.

After the team’s first two batters stuck out Tommy Byvik walked off reliever Catanzaro.

Byvik stole second before Matt McLaughlin struck out to end the game.

“We normally don’t play like we did tonight but (Saturday) is a new day,” Coach Mitchell said. “I’m sure we’ll show up and play better baseball.

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