Kevin White, pitching with two days rest, worked out of a two-on, one-out jam to help West Springfield hold off Falls Church, 8-6, and win the Virginia AAA Northern Region baseball champ at Fairfax.
West Springfield (16-5) will meet Potomac in a state semifinal game Tuesday at Potomac at 5 p.m. The Panthers defeated Halifax, 8-1, to win the Northwestern Region championship tonight.
White was facing a 16-4 Jaquar team that had scored 171 runs. But despite walking eight batters and hitting another, White was able to stop Falls Church when it counted.
"I got a little tired near the end," said White, who threw 132 pitches. "I watched them in batting practice and I wanted to keep the ball on the outside part of the plate. Except for one pitch I did that pretty good."
The one pitch White was a home run over the left-center field fence, more than 320 feet away, by Donnie Nicholls. The hit pulled Falls Church within 8-5 in the sixth.
"I thought that ball would cut down some trees," White said.
White allowed only four hits. But in the seventh and final inning, he hit Ed Walowac and walked Dave Baldarson to put the tying run at the plate with no outs. Matt Hynes' single drove in a run and runners got to second and third when the center fielder had trouble with the ball. But a popup and strikeout ended it.