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The sport of baseball is more than just a game to Jeff Truslow - it is his life’s passion. Jeff Truslow, King George Rappahannock Fall Baseball League (RFBL) varsity head coach, may have his finger on something unique. Given that King George High School has produced two back-to-back winning seasons from the very same players that he has coached for the past three RFBL seasons, the impact of playing year-round baseball has the potential of yielding a potential run at a Battlefield District Championship.
After all, King George RFBL teams have produced three championships in the past two seasons. Last year Truslow’s varsity
team defeated Liberty 11-7 to win the RFBL Championship. When you consider that starting players from both double and triple schools are competing against King George, the competition in Fall baseball is on the same level of competition.
Whether Truslow has the Midas touch, or his 20-plus years in coaching every level of baseball from Little League to High School gives him the edge on knowing his players’ abilities, no one can question his success. Truslow is the definition of what America’s favorite pastime is all about. Throughout the year, he has volunteered half of his day to the sport. From taking a girls nine and 10 year old team to the softball state tournament in Wise in 2010 to coaching the 12 & under King George Hurricanes, his passion for developing the baseball skill sets of athletes is tireless. In addition, during the brief period that he is not coaching, he and his family are cheering and supporting both the King George High School varsity team, and Post 89 King George American Legion baseball team.
During the opening day of the RFBL season on Saturday, Truslow’s varsity team split a double header with Northumberland (7-4, 6-1). The season for RFBL consists of 14 games, and post-season play.
For pitching, King George will feature a veteran staff led by Dylan Dombrowskas, Damian Carroll, Dustin Phillips, and Lane Ward.
After producing a total of 10 runs against Northumberland, offensively, King George is right on course.
According to Truslow, the toughest challenge for both his team and the Fox varsity team will be Caroline.
Interestingly, the bond between the year-round players goes back to their Little League years. Also, when you include parental support, and the help of Truslow’s assistant Steve Kegley, and team volunteer/KGHS varsity baseball coach Thad Reviello, the program will continue to produce a winning mindset. “The difference is that four years ago, most of these guys would not have told you that they expected to win,” Truslow said. “I teach these guys every time they hit the field—they have a mindset to win every game.”