Loudoun led from start to finish with pitcher Ben Sweger going the distance. In dramatic fashion, catcher Michael Lascomb dove into foul territory to snag the game's final out.
"Fantastic," a jubilant Loudoun coach Eric Lascomb said. "[We] couldn't have done it without such a bunch of hard-working kids. They worked hard in practice."
After being one-hit on its home field by Fairfax on Saturday, Loudoun belted out 15 hits and scored in five of six innings at Fairfax. Even though it never trailed, Loudoun's two-out three-run rally in the top of the sixth could have been the difference with just three outs to go.
Loudoun led 11-3 in the fourth when momentum began shifting to Fairfax. The home team scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth, retired Loudoun in order on only four pitches in the fifth and plated two more in the bottom half to close the gap to 11-8.
Ethan Rosebeck and Michael Lascomb opened a promising sixth for Loudoun with back-to-back singles. But Fairfax's shortstop snagged Sweger's hard liner and turned a double play. Loudoun loaded the bases with two outs and Dan Laub lifted a 2-1 pitch to left for an RBI single. Matt Irish followed with a walk to force home another. And Matt Byrd's smash to second fell out of the second baseman's mitt to score another run.
With a comfortable 14-8 cushion, Sweger sandwiched a pair of walks around two strikeouts in the bottom of the inning before Michael Lascomb's diving catch ended the game.
Sweger and Lascomb led Lower Loudoun at the plate. Sweger was three for five at the plate with two doubles, and Lascomb was two for three at the plate and scored four runs.
"After the first couple of wins, we knew we had some special kids," coach Lascomb said.