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The King George JV Rappahanock Fall Baseball League team continues to have great success. The team completed their regular season by winning at Caroline by a score of 19-1.

Tyler Truslow delivered a run scoring double in the game’s first inning, which gave King George the lead for good. Truslow (one double, two singles), Dustin Phiilips (three singles), and Dylan Dombrowkas (three doubles) paced the King George hitting attack with three hits each. Tyler Magill (triple) and Marc Antosz (double) also provided extra base hits. The Foxes tallied 16 hits in the contest. Dombrowkas also pitched brilliantly, as he did not surrender a hit through his four innings of work from the mound. He struck out six batters. The team was helped with outstanding defensive play from shortstop Alex Jeter and right fielder Sidney Horton. The win allowed King George to finish the regular season with the league’s best record at 13 wins and one loss. They captured the No. 1 seed for the playoffs, which included a first round bye.

The rainy weather delayed the start of the playoffs, but King George finally hit the field on Sunday, Oct. 25, to face Riverbend, who advanced by defeating North Stafford by a score of 11-9. As with many of their other games this year, King George took control of the game early and ultimately defeated Riverbend by a score of 13-2. Lex Estes, Tyler Magill, Damion Carroll and David Hunt each provided extra base hits that allowed King George to gain a comfortable lead. The Foxes totaled 11 hits on the day, with Timmy Feasel, Tyler Truslow, and Dylan Dombrowskas contributing hits as well. Tyler Magill pitched four strong innings, allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks, while striking out two batters.

On Thursday, Oct. 29, King George hosted the Massaponax Panthers in a playoff semi-final game. Massaponax proved to be a very determined opponent. King George accumulated five hits during the first two innings of the contest, which allowed the Foxes to score the games first four runs. Alex Jeter, Timmy Feasel, Tyler Truslow, Dylan Dombrowskas and Tyler Magill delivered what ultimately turned out to be the team’s only hits on the night. Massaponax rallied in the top of the fourth inning to score two runs. Two walks to batters and several defensive errors contributed to the Panther’s scores. Ultimately, King George used good pitching and defense to get out of the inning, as Massaponax stranded several base runners. King George second baseman Timmy Feasel made an outstanding defensive play as he turned a sharpely hit ground ball past the first baseman into an out.

The King George players could not generate any additional hits after the second inning, as Massaponax pitcher Brandon Imler kept the King George team off balance. The game ultimately proved to be a pitching showcase, as King George pitcher Damion Carroll returned the favor by holding Massaponax batters in check. Carroll, who has already thrown three no hitters in contests this fall, struck out a season high 17 Massaponax batters. The pitching statistics were as follows: King George: Damion Carroll, seven innings pitched, 17 strikeouts, two hits, six walks allowed. Massaponax: Brandon Imler, seven innings pitched, nine strikeouts, five hits, and three walks allowed.

The catchers, Alex Branham (Massaponax) and Tyler Truslow (King George) were additionally outstanding during the contest. Through seven innings of work, neither catcher allowed a base runner to advance on a past ball or a stolen base. The Massaponax hits were provided by Imler (a single) and Matthew Brokaw (a double) for the visiting Panthers.

“It was an incredible pitching duel”, King George coach Jeff Truslow said. “Both young men pitched their hearts out. We are happy and fortunate to move onto the championship game”.

The RFBL Championship game has been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. this week at the old King George High School baseball field. The rain has created poor field conditions at the participating school’s baseball facilities. King George will play the winner of the Caroline Cavaliers and Stafford Indians contest.

Jeff Trustlow
The Journal

 

 

 

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