In the 16th District American Legion baseball playoffs, Woodbridge Post 364 is no sleeper. Just sleepy.

Woodbridge's rain-delayed Sunday night game against Fredericksburg Post 55 at Courtland High School ended close to 2 o'clock Monday morning. Even Joe Moore, who keyed a five-run eighth inning with his first career grand slam, had to yawn about his team's 9-3 victory.

"I don't want to play games at 11 at night," said Moore, whose team will face Winchester Post 21 at 8 p.m. Thursday at Courtland in the 16th District semifinals.

Pitcher Matt Kleweno shares Moore's view. The left-hander crawled into bed at 3 a.m. only to tumble out at 6:15 to report to his job at a hardware store. This after throwing 160 pitches just hours earlier.

"It seemed like forever," Kleweno said of a game that was supposed to begin at 8 p.m. but was pushed back because of two rain delays that prevented the start of the 5 p.m. matchup between Sterling Post 150 and the Smoketown Sluggers.

But the long-awaited win could pay off. It gave Woodbridge (20-3) two victories without a loss in the double-elimination tournament. A win against Winchester (18-5)--Post 21 forfeited to Woodbridge in its one scheduled game this summer--would mean a team would have to beat Post 364 twice to win the championship.

The 16th District will send two teams to the state tournament--the league champion and state host Fredericksburg.

If Fredericksburg wins the district title, then the other district team to reach the championship also would earn a spot in the state tournament.

The state tournament is at Courtland and, by now, that is a facility Woodbridge knows quite well. The Post 364 players arrived at the field at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, which would have been about halfway through the first game, scheduled to start at 5. Instead, the players had to wait about 90 minutes just for the first game to start.

"It was just frustrating," said Kleweno, who had to warm up sporadically while keeping in mind his team might not play at all if the first game, which featured 31 runs, did not end by 11. "It was really hard to pace myself."

Kleweno went 7 2/3 innings before giving way to Billy Freeman, who entered with runners on first and second. Freeman completed the inning without allowing a run, and Moore, who had grounded out with the bases loaded in his previous at-bat, highlighted the bottom of the eighth with his grand slam. Eric Rice and Kleweno also homered in the game.

Freeman closed the win Saturday over Smoketown. Starter Matt Crater, like Kleweno a Campbell University signee, pitched into the ninth inning of that game.

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District 10 won four consecutive games after losing its tournament opener.

American Legion Baseball

16th District Tournament


at Spotsylvania H.S.

Winchester (Post 21) 11, Dumfries (Post 28) 1 (7 innings)

Loudoun (Post 34) 14, Stafford (Post 290) 4 (7 innings)

at Courtland H.S.

Woodbridge (Post 364) 7, Smoketown Sluggers 3

Fredericksburg (Post 55) 12, Sterling (Post 150) 2 (7 innings)


at Spotsylvania H.S.

Stafford 10, Dumfries 3

Winchester 13, Loudoun 3 (8 innings)

at Courtland H.S.

Sterling 18, Smoketown 13

Woodbridge 9, Fredericksburg 3

Last night

at Courtland H.S.

Fredericksburg (21-2)

vs. Stafford (14-9), 5 p.m.

Sterling (15-8) vs. Loudoun (16-7),

8 p.m.


at Courtland H.S.


vs. Sterling/Loudoun, 5 p.m.

Woodbridge (20-3) vs. Winchester (18-5), 8 p.m.