Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Over 220 children attended the inaugural Bryce Harper Baseball ProCamp.
Written by Joyce Sohyun Lee, Northwestern University student Bryce Harper steps onto the pitcher’s mound, facing a kid half his height. If the batter is nervous, he doesn’t show it, and when Harper pitches the ball (gently), the kid's bat connects with the baseball. He scrambles to first, while his teammate rounds the bend towards second, third base. The baseball is being thrown from player to player, as he reaches home base with a dramatic slide, his left elbow skidding on the ground, his feet scratching up a small storm of dust and pebbles on its way home. Harper’s face lights up with delight and a coach yells, “It’s a laser show!” Parents eagerly push the lenses of their cameras right up against the metal fence and zoom in on their …
Westfield High grad Justin Bour was a Southern League All-Star this season in the
Chicago Cubs' farm system with Tennessee, and is among the leaders in RBIs in all of minor league baseball.
When Justin Bour played at Westfield High, Billy Swoope, a long-time baseball scout for the Chicago Cubs, noticed. Swoope follows top amateur players in the mid-Atlantic region, and he decided then to keep track of Bour. Later Bour played at Division I George Mason University in Fairfax, and Swoope continued to follow the slugger. "The thing I liked about him was he was very agile for a big guy," said Swoope. "He was a very good contact hitter for a power guy." “Justin is one of the few kids … who could really hit the ball to the opposite field as well as anyone we have had here,” said Billy Brown, the veteran head coach at Mason. “His approach was fantastic. The one thing that Justin shows is a really marketable commodity: power. The ball…
Monday, May 21, 2012
Assistant coach Jeff Nolan will take over next season.
(Editor's Note: This article was provided by PVI Athletics. Send your sports news to firstname.lastname@example.org.) Fresh off their third Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championship in the last six years, the Paul VI Panthers had one more goal this past week: to win another Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) State Title for their departing skipper Billy Emerson. And that’s just what they did, capturing the school’s fifth State Championship overall and the fourth in the last nine years with a 5-3 win over No. 1 seeded Benedictine (Richmond) on Saturday. Nine playoff games later, Paul VI did for a second time what they were the first team ever to do in 2009 -- win the WCAC and State baseball championships in the…
Monday, May 16, 2011
Browse our gallery of game action.
Fairfax Little League's Riverbandits and the Raptors t-ball teams raced around the diamond in the misty rain just after noon on Saturday. Click the thumbnails to see action from Pickett Field No. 4.