The 12U Annandale Angels team was recognized on Saturday at the Washington Nationals’ Stadium for winning the Kyle’s Kamp tournament travel 12u division. After seven games in three days, this team along with 170 other teams helped raise over a half a million dollars for Leukemia research and Children’s Hospital.
Game 1: Angels 8, Burke Bulldogs 2. In the fourth inning offensive attack, the Angels scored six runs. Danny Checkosky advanced a runner into scoring position and Jacob Wartel knocked in the first run of the inning.
Game 2: Angels 6, MD Tigers 5. Angels’ bats erupted in the sixth inning. The Angels kept their focus scoring all six of their runs in the last inning. Garrett Laraia advanced team mate Brian Hennessey for the go ahead run sealing the Angel’s victory.
Game 3: Angels 0, DC Dynasty 1. The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when the DC Dynasty scored one run giving the Angels their first and only defeat.
Game 4: Angels 9, NJ Young Guns 3. In the first two innings Brett Clements, pitching for the Angels kept the scoreboard clean with three strikeouts and no hits. Ryan Bronder scored the ninth and final run for the Angels. Pitcher Zach Booth came in for the last three scoreless innings, striking out the last Young Gun for the final out.
Game 5: Angels 5, Middletown Knights 0. With 10 strike outs, surrendering only one hit, Rojo Prarie pitched the shutout in 6 scoreless innings. Zach Booth was three for three with three RBI’s, with Garrett Laraia and Ryan Bronder with the other two. The Angels decisively won the first playoff game.
Game 6: Angels 7, MD Tigers 4. Angels faced off against the MD Tigers again with the same results. With only 54 pitches in five innings, Hunter Hoopes held the Tigers to one run. Short Stop Danny Checkosky had five assists. In the second inning, with runners on second and third, Garrett Canterbury launches a homerun over the left field fence. The scoring frenzy continued with four more runs. For his speed and agility pinch runner Carl Viola was particularly instrumental with three stolen bases and four runs.
Game 7: Angels 3, Reston Warriors 2. The final championship game. Game three on a more than 85 degree day, pressure was on pitcher Jacob Wartel and catcher Brian Hennessey. Facing 20 batters in five innings, no runs came in under Wartel’s watch. Hennessey, by the end had caught for 18 straight, error free innings. The excitement came in the bottom of the sixth with runners on second and third. The sprint, the magic and diving catch by center fielder Hunter Hoopes shut the door with a game saving double play.
“In all my years of playing and coaching baseball I have never seen a group of players that played as a complete team as these 11 boys did last weekend. We have good players that love baseball and work as a team and do want ever is asked of them to get the job done. I have never been so proud of a group of players as I am today,” Coach Kevin Clements said after the tournament.
With four pool games and three solid, hard fought playoff games, the Angels showcased both their pitching and offense while raising money for essential cancer research.
Thanks to Linda Rogers for this submission!