VIRGINIA AAA BASEBALL
In Defeat of Robinson, Westfield's Thorpe Puts Teeth in His Effort
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Before a game last week, Westfield junior right-hander Danny Thorpe got hit in the mouth with a ball. His father, endodontist Jeffrey, fixed his teeth and Thorpe went out and threw a shutout against Chantilly.
There was no pregame dentistry last night, but it was the younger Thorpe who anesthesized Robinson, striking out 10 batters, walking none and giving up two hits in six innings to lead the No. 1 Bulldogs to a 4-0 win in the Virginia AAA Concorde District final at Chantilly.
It was Westfield's first league title since 2004, and it earned the team one of four top seeds in the Northern Region tournament that begins Friday.
Thorpe's performance, as dominating as it was, wasn't even the Bulldogs' best in their two district tournament games. Against Centreville on Friday in the semifinals, sophomore left-hander Aaron Hoover threw a perfect game.
Both Thorpe and Hoover entered last night's game with 0.88 ERAs. Senior Ryan Williams, who threw the seventh, has won three games and saved seven.
"Our whole philosophy is a great, great high school hitter is going to get out six out of 10 times, so let's give him that chance to get out," Westfield Coach Chuck Welch said. "And when the ball's in play, we're able to do something with it."
Hoover and juniors Aaron Scoville and Ryan Sweet had RBI hits last night for Westfield (19-1).
Brady Rescues Yorktown
In the Virginia AAA National District final, senior Tom Brady tripled home a run with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Yorktown to a 2-1 win over Mount Vernon for the Patriots' second consecutive league tournament title.
Brady knocked in senior Zach Madison, who had led off the inning with a single. Brady almost didn't get the opportunity to stroke the game-winner, however.
"Do we need to bunt you, or are you going to hit the ball?" Yorktown Coach Mike Allen said he asked Brady before the at-bat. Brady chose the second option, and his triple to left-center field not only gave the Patriots (19-3) the victory but also what is believed to be a program record for wins.
Senior Kyle Toulouse, who gave up a run in the top of the seventh and got out of a bases-loaded jam that inning, picked up the complete-game win.
Nine-Run Rally Lifts McLean
In the eight meetings between McLean and Stone Bridge over the last three seasons, none had been decided by more than three runs. So when the second-seeded Bulldogs took a five-run lead into the fourth inning of last night's Virginia AAA Liberty District tournament championship at Madison, Highlanders Coach John Thomas simply told his players to get in the game because their chances would come.