Del Ray and Old City Small business Competitors Clash in 3rd Once-a-year Softball Match

John Porter presenting the victorious Aged Town squad with the trophy. (Photo Chris Damond)

ALEXANDRIA, VA–Lightning struck twice – both of those figuratively and virtually – on Wednesday night as the Previous City Small business Association won the yearly softball video game for the second time in a row at Eugene Simpson Park, dominating the Del Ray Small business Affiliation 22-13 just after a lightning strike finished the contest in the base of the 4th inning. Old City now potential customers the all-time series 2-1.  

A lot of notable Alexandrians had been in attendance, such as new Mayor Justin Wilson, who threw out the very first pitch.   

Team Captains Bill Blackburn (left) and Trae Lamond (right) experiencing off right before the big recreation. (Photo Chris Damond)

Immediately after that, the sport commenced, pitting Del Ray Group Captain Bill Blackburn of Pork Barrel BBQ towards Old City Crew Captain Trae Lamond of Chadwick’s, with the victor obtaining the chance to hoist the John Porter Cup, named following a former T.C. Williams Principal. 

“Our group is hungry we need to acquire,” said Blackburn in advance of the game, “Hopefully the excellent guys will win, and we’ll convey the cup back again to Del Ray.  

An Aged City Player winds up her swing ahead of producing call with the ball. (Photograph Chris Damond)

Sadly for Blackburn, things did not fairly pan out that way. Previous City was the to start with to bat and proceeded to get out to a scorching start off, developing a commanding guide by scoring quite a few runs in the major of the first. They looked unstoppable, building some fantastic defensive plays and even crushing a couple of balls out of the park.  

While towards the finish, Del Ray strike a home operate of their individual and slowly but surely started inching back again. On the other hand, they were being just only down by far too considerably. 

The toss is not in time! An Old City participant scarcely scores as a member of Del Ray attempts to tag her out. (Picture Chris Damond)

Though all in very good enjoyable, the softball recreation did not come without having a very little controversy. Following Del Ray batted in the to start with inning, Blackburn identified that Previous City was pitching his gamers a education softball, which is considerably additional tricky to hit considerably. He needed an inning re-do, but this never came to fruition.  

Who is aware of how the consequence may have altered if Blackburn’s ask for was granted, but when each groups made the decision to call it due to temperature, the fact was that Outdated City led by 9 runs.  

That’s when John Porter himself built an appearance, presenting the John Porter Cup, which was welded by Torpedo Factory artist Chris Erney, to Old City.  

“Weird complete with the lightning strikes,” reported Lamond postgame, “But it just proves that God is on our facet and Previous Town’s selection one.”  

Ideal now, they undoubtedly are, but will Del Ray bounce again future 12 months? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.