The American Legion baseball teams from Loudoun and Fauquier counties have found some tough competition within their own division this season.
District 16's C division -- which comprises three of the area's four legion teams -- has proven to be one of the district's best. Each of the four teams in the division had a winning percentage of .500 or better through Sunday's games.
Warrenton Post 72, which Coach Chip Childs has said doesn't feature any star players, has raced to a 6-2 record to lead the division. Loudoun Post 34 (4-3) and Manassas Post 114 (6-5) finished last week a game above .500, while Sterling Post 150 was 4-4.
Warrenton has been the most dominant team, with last weekend's games a good example of its talent. Sunday, it routed Woodstock Post 199, 21-0, a day after an 8-0 victory over Purcellville Post 293 (the area's other legion team, which competes in division D).
Sterling, which split four games last week, has been led by first baseman Jeff McDonald and third baseman Kyle Slusher, each of whom entered this week hitting over .500. McDonald, who will be a junior this fall at Park View High School, also has two home runs and is second on the team in doubles, according to Manager John Murphy.
"He's a left-handed hitter with a very sweet swing, and he's learning to use the whole field, which is really what's helping him right now," Murphy said.
Loudoun started the summer by winning its first four legion games but lost its next four, partly because some of its best players were on vacation.
Second baseman Ryan McQueen, outfielder/pitcher Trip Wilhelm and shortstop/pitcher Mike Geaneas were among five regulars absent last week.
The result for Loudoun was two one-run losses to Manassas and Smoketown, then a 20-10 thrashing against Manassas on Sunday.
A bright spot did emerge for Loudoun, however, in pitcher David Doiron, a rising senior from Broad Run.
Doiron pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings against Smoketown on Thursday, yielding only two hits and striking out five.
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CAPTION: As Woodstock Post 199's Bradley Orndorff approaches second base, Sterling Post 150's Robbie Bouman throws to first to complete double play Saturday.