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ABR Storm Dominates at the Doc B!

Updated Tuesday July 23, 2019 by Beth Jones.

Storm Dominates at the Doc B Summer Classic!

The summer season for travel baseball players 12 years old and younger wrapped up this weekend with the Doc Bonaccorso Summer Classic, otherwise known as the “Doc B,” named for a longtime Arlington coach.

Nearly 30 teams from Virginia, Maryland and the District managed to beat the searing temperatures, playing outstanding baseball on fields across Arlington County. The tournament directors adjusted schedules to move games away from the mid-day heat, built in frequent water and shade breaks for players and umpires, and set up misting stations, which were popular for kids and adults alike. A popular vendor was snow cone maker Mobile Snowballs, which did a booming business throughout the weekend.

In all, 49 games in 5 age groups decided the champion teams in the 8-year-old to 12-year-old divisions. The 2019 Doc B Summer Classic championship games and results went as follows:

  • 12U – Arlington Babe Ruth Storm 12U Black topped Kidball Baseball 12U 9-5 in the wood bat tourney on Barcroft Field #1. During the tourney, Jack Rubin, Ben Taylor, Joey Greenhaus, Nathan Menard, Will Evans, and Luke Harnishfeger collected 36 hits and 30 RBI in just 69 at bats. This included homeruns from Mason Bodnar and Menard. Pitchers Kieran Sacks, Bodnar, Rubin, and Taylor combined for 10 innings of scoreless baseball to set the table for Harnishfeger and Menard who threw back-to-back complete game victories in the semi and final games over ATB Blue and Kidball.
  • 11U – Arlington Babe Ruth Storm 11U Black downed the McLean Dirt Devils 11U 12-6 at Barcroft Field #4. The 11s have been on a tear since Babe Ruth States, winning a tourney in Hershey, PA and going undefeated at Doc B, outscoring opponents 38-15.
  • 10U – Arlington Babe Ruth Storm 10U Black (pictured) handled ATB Arsenal 10U Blue 10-0 on Barcroft #3. Storm 10U Black also went undefeated at Doc B, including 2 shutout games against ATB Arsenal 10U Blue.
  • 9U – The Friendship Senators and DC Dynasty 9U teams were locked in a 1-0 battle on Saturday afternoon before thunder suspended play for the day. The continuation of this game is planned for this week.
  • 8U – Arlington Babe Ruth Storm 8U topped the Pioneer Legends 2-1 at Greenbrier #1. Storm 8U Black outscored their Alexandria and Bethesda opponents 22-9 while turning in some impressive performances on defense. The future looks really solid for Storm Baseball!

While teams on the field had some outstanding plays, the true MVPs at the Doc B were the many ABR volunteers who made this annual event a success. Hats off to everyone in the ABR community who stepped up and put their talents to work—and work it was! With temps pushing 100 degrees, this tireless volunteer army—led by tournament coordinator Tracy Bare—did incredible work to make this tourney a safe and fun event. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Note: Arlington Babe Ruth Storm 9U Black was not able to participate in the Doc B tourney, as the team was representing Virginia as the State Champion in the Babe Ruth Regionals tournament in Fredericksburg, VA. After dropping tight games to Gainesville-Haymarket and West Raleigh, Arlington came storming back to top West Raleigh 7-2 to finish 1-3 in the Southeast Region.