Doc B End-of-Summer Baseball ClassicUpdated Tuesday July 25, 2017 by Beth Jones.
The Doc Bonaccorso “Doc B” Summer Classic is a wrap, marking the official close of the 2017 Arlington summer travel baseball season.
This year’s Doc B attracted 39 teams from Virginia, Maryland and the District, drawing an estimated 600 players and their families to Arlington’s Barcroft and Greenbrier parks for four days of great competitive baseball at the 8 to 13 year-old age levels.
The teams battled the searing heat and threatening skies, but in the end, each age bracket had a champion with some notable performances by many players:
Winning 4 of the 6 age brackets at the tourney, the ABR Storm flexed its muscle at the Doc B, both on the fields and in the skies overhead. Heavy downpours cut short the 11U and 9U finals on Sunday evening, but both of those games were into late innings when the skies opened up.
Note: Arlington Storm 10U was not able to participate in the Doc B tourney, as the team was representing Virginia in the Babe Ruth Regionals tournament in Williamsburg, VA. The team pushed the eventual regional champions and runner- up to the edge, falling 1-0 to Levy Park from Florida (runners-up) and 10-6 to West Raleigh (Babe Ruth Regional Champions). Arlington Storm was led by outstanding pitching from Will Evans and Will Tallon, and heavying hitting from Jack Rubin, Mason Bodnar, and Will Evans who went a combined 16 for 31.
Photo: Arlington Babe Ruth 8U Storm win the Doc B Summer Classic, capping a successful 2017 season with tournament wins in Arlington, Winchester, Montgomery County and a Babe Ruth District 7 championship title.