Brad Bauder will see a lot of the East Coast this week.
The starting right fielder for the Fairfax Eagles, a recent graduate of Broad Run High School who's headed to Virginia Tech in the fall, was at the beach in South Carolina on vacation. But with the Eagles participating in possibly their most important tournament of the summer, Bauder was set to cut his vacation short and fly to Florida to join the team today.
The Eagles will play in a Connie Mack Baseball Association tournament in Boca Raton that Eagles Manager Bill Ramsay said will feature some of the nation's best high school talent and will draw major league and college scouts.
"For us, it's easily our biggest week of the year," Ramsay said. "We'll see more scouts at this tournament than we will have seen [total] this year."
Ramsay said 10 major league teams had scouts at the tournament last year, as did most Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference schools. Josh Beckett, who was the second overall pick in this month's major league amateur draft, played in the tournament last year.
Bauder, who bats second in the lineup, missed the Eagles' most recent games, a doubleheader against the Grand Slam Diamonds at the University of Delaware last weekend.
But Ramsay said he expects Bauder to arrive in time to play in both the Eagles' games today and each of the team's remaining four games tomorrow and Saturday. The top four teams will meet in a single-elimination playoff Sunday.
Awash in Rain Problems
Weekend rain caused problems for all four local American Legion teams, as all but one game was canceled or postponed and at least one player's schedule was affected adversely.
Purcellville Post 293 (1-3), which lost Saturday to Manassas Post 114, 5-4, was the only local team to play a game during the weekend.
Loudoun Post 34's two weekend games were canceled, but that may be the least of the inconveniences brought on by the rain. Starting shortstop and pitcher Mike Geaneas (Loudoun County) was supposed to fly to California to visit his grandparents Saturday, then put off his plans for two days so he could play Sunday.
But with the games canceled, Geaneas still left for California on Monday for a week-long trip and will miss the team's three scheduled games this week: today and Sunday against Manassas Post 114 and Saturday against the Smoketown Sluggers.
Making matters worse, starting pitcher Trip Wilhelm will miss all three games while on a church retreat.
"This is where the young guys will have to step it up," Loudoun Coach Carl Watkins said.
Mudcats Manage a Split
The Potomac Mudcats also were rained out for most of the week but managed to split a doubleheader Saturday against the Fairfax Barnstormers, a team that Mudcats Coach Joe Pozda said has 10 Division I college players.
The Mudcats lost the first game, 4-1, despite three hits, two of them doubles, by Park View's Wyatt Toregas. In the second game, the Mudcats rallied from a four-run deficit to win, 13-11, behind Chris Macomber (Park View), who contributed two hits and two RBI.
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