Maybe they should be called baseball playoff comeback kids.
The Yorktown Patriots qualify just as much because high school teams came together to win their two games and capture the Liberty District Tournament Championship. The other seeded Patriots (11-3) defeated the top tier and host Herndon Hornets, 7-4, in the title game.
The Patriots lost to Herndon in two meetings in the regular season.
Yorktown took a 3-0 first-run lead, fell behind 4-3, then plated the next four races to win, including three at the top of the seventh. The district tournament title was the team’s second in three seasons, after finishing second in 2019. The 2020 campaign was not held due to the pandemic.
Yorktown beat the McLean Highlanders, 2-0, in this season’s district semifinals and won 3-2.
“Two titles in three seasons, we take it,” said Yorktown coach John Skaggs. “We took that energy and intensity with us tonight from the very beginning. Herndon is a very good baseball team and is well trained. Our mentality was to play our game, put the ball in play and put pressure on them. ”
Yorktown had 10 hits and stole four bases. Herndon had just four hits.
Ryan Bhojwani had three hits and one RBI for Yorktown with a stolen base, and Thor Koomey had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run first-inning double, then an RBI single.
Jacob Friend had a hit and two steals for Yorktown, Patrick Chmiel doubled, Jonah Carlson got a hit and a steal and Trevor McAndrews had a hit.
On the mound, Koomey threw two rounds of pointless relief to get the win. He struck out three, allowed one hit and did not go a batter.
“Thor had a great game for us in a couple of ways,” Skaggs said.
Nathan Knowles started for Yorktown and worked 42/3 innings with five strikes, and Ketz Murray threw a third of an inning in relief.
With the bat, Knowles had a sacrificial fly when Kyle Langley scored from others.
“The right field slipped a bit after he took the ball, Kyle ran hard and I waved him home,” said Skaggs.
Next for Yorktown is the 6D North Region Tournament. The Patriots say goodbye in the first round, and then play the winner of Centerville vs. South Lakes game Saturday, June 12 at 12:30 p.m.