American Legion baseball participation in Prince William County has dwindled to two teams this summer after Woodbridge Post 364 was unable to field a team.
The independent Euclid Diamond Dawgs, based out of Osbourn Park, and Forest Park-based Dumfries Post 28 are the sole entrants in the nine-team District 16.
"It's sad; it really is," said Euclid Coach Dickie Dombrowsky, recalling that there were 16 teams in the district when he started as coach six years ago. "I have gone to all these high school games many times trying to recruit, and I can't get them to come out."
"A lot of our younger players are going off and doing showcases now," Dumfries Post 28 Coach Ted Lyons said, referring to area travel teams. "That's where we're missing some of the bodies."
There are now four teams in the Eastern Division of District 16 -- two from Stafford County and two from Prince William -- and five in the Western Division -- Warrenton, Harrisonburg, Winchester, Front Royal and Remington.
Stafford County has four public high schools and fields two Legion teams; the Prince William area has 12 public high schools and also fields two Legion teams.
The players for Euclid (5-3) hail from Osbourn Park, Stonewall Jackson, Seton and Emmanuel Christian. Several others have completed their first years of college, among them Shenandoah University products Bobby Anthony, Bobby Collier, Sam Fullerton (out with a broken hand) and David Frelin. Adam Kearney attends Liberty.
Among that collegiate group are two of the Diamond Dawgs' top three hitters -- Anthony (.455) and Kearney (.440, 6 homers, 15 RBI). Rising Osbourn Park junior Christian Frey is batting .474.
Other Dawgs include recently graduated Stonewall shortstop Andrew Rust, who will attend Shenandoah, and Stonewall grad Bill Thompson, bound for Frederick (Md.) Community College.
Euclid this weekend is playing in the 15-team Firecracker Tournament in Winchester.
Dumfries Post 28, with Forest Park players, two from Gar-Field and one from Potomac, has won six straight after a season-opening loss to the Stafford Americans.
One of the wins was 7-6 over Euclid on June 23 on a Kevin Nally hit in the eighth inning after J.T. Gregory had singled and Robbie Miller walked.
Post 28's lack of arms could catch up with it come the double-elimination District 16 tournament later this month in Stafford. The team can carry as many as 18 players but has only 15.
"We probably have three or four starting pitchers versus the five or six that we need," Lyons said.
Dumfries Post 28 also has a junior Legion team, in its second season.
Majestics to Play for Charity
The Northern Virginia Majestics minor league women's soccer team will play a benefit match at 4 p.m. today against the Bradenton (Fla.) Athletics at Forest Park, with some proceeds going to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation for breast cancer.
Teresa Mosier, mother of Majestics player and Woodbridge grad Shannon Mosier, died recently of the disease. . . .
The Tallgren Baseball Games, an annual wooden bat tournament fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, is set for next Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Park in Woodbridge, on fields 3 and 4.
Games in the eight-team double elimination event are at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day.
Gildea's Raiders of Delaware are the defending tournament champions.
Wrestlers to James Madison
Two Woodbridge wrestlers have committed to James Madison University for next season.
Ivan Lagares won the Cardinal District and Northwestern Region championships at 171 pounds as a senior and finished 38-5. He was the 2004 state champion at 171.
John Bauman was the state runner-up at 189 pounds the past two seasons and finished 40-2 as a senior.