McLean baseball defeat Washington-Liberty to end off season

McLean varsity baseball team ends the regular season strong with a win against Washington-Liberty


photo obtain via Avi Fruman

Junior Chris Morabito slides into 3rd base right before the ball catches him.

On May 9, the McLean Highlanders varsity baseball team took down Washington-Liberty High School with a 6-1 victory to finish off the regular season. With the win, McLean locked up the first overall seed in the Liberty District, granting them a first-round bye in the district tournament and an automatic bid to the regional tournament.

“I am really proud of what this team has been able to accomplish this year,” senior Avi Fruman said. “Being part of this team has given me so much joy.”

The team started the game off strong, taking a 2 run lead in the top of the first inning. They didn’t give a chance for the opposing team to come back into the game, never relinquishing the lead they gained in the opening frame.

“No one in particular had the best performance,” Senior Yechan Kim said. “It was a team effort.”

Senior Evan Fontaine started out pitching and was relieved by sophomore Aidan Carey, who closed out the game. Star pitcher Griffin Stieg was not pitching after throwing over 100 pitches in the prior game against the Herndon Hornets, but he did play as the centerfielder and batted first in the lineup.

Washington-liberty High School scored their only run in the 5th inning. With a strong blowout game, McLean has high hopes for the outcome of the season. Last year, McLean fell short of heading to the states so the team is hoping for making it to the end this year.

“Our team is hoping for a state-tournament run and [to win] the state championship,” Fruman said. “We have a solid team that is totally capable of winning.”