Landon Walls's second season with the Arlington Senators was different from his first, except for one thing: Both seasons ended with a national championship.
Walls, a 1998 Liberty High School graduate, was a relief pitcher for the Senators, the Clark Griffith League champion. Arlington advanced to the All-American Amateur Baseball Association national tournament in Johnstown, Pa., and won its second straight title with a 12-5 victory over Altoona on Sunday.
"It was a great experience. I've learned a lot," said Walls, who made one relief appearance in the national tournament. "This year was a totally different experience. Me and [teammate] Ben Shepherd were the only players left from last year's team. We had an unbelievable team this year."
Arlington outscored its six opponents, 67-12, in Johnstown. The Senators finished their season on a 25-game winning streak.
Walls, who will be a sophomore at Bluefield College in the fall, joined the Senators last season at the recommendation of his former high school coach, Mike Wallace. Wallace, who coached Liberty during the 1995 and 1996 seasons, is the pitching coach with the Senators.
"Early in the season, we had difficulties getting our pitching straightened out," Wallace said. "Landon came up huge for us, coming out of the bullpen. He won two or three games [in relief] when our starter put us down. He came in and held the other team down and gave us the chance to win. He was instrumental to us in the first half of the season, and he pitched consistently all year."
Joseph Bauserman was named to the national AAU 13-year-old tournament team after his performance at the national tournament in Kingsport, Tenn., in early August. Bauserman, a pitcher/center fielder, batted .540 for the Prince William Bombers, who finished fourth in the tournament. Bauserman was a senior division all-star in Upper Loudoun Little League this summer.