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Arlington evens record in Legion baseball action

Team scores early in victory over Vienna Post 180
Jack Couture has been a top pitcher and hitter for Arlington Post 1995.

Six games into the season, the Arlington Post 1995 American Legion baseball team has a 3-3 record entering this weekend’s action.

Arlington’s most recent game was a 6-4 victory over Vienna Post 180 at Oakton High School. Vienna is the defending District 17 tournament champion.

Helping to lead the win over Vienna was  Bradley Labant with three hits, two stolen bases and an RBI. Thomas Koomey had two RBI doubles, Jackson Wiley had a run-scoring triple, Sean Guffey added an RBI double,  Bryan Slattery doubled and Sam Jackman had a sacrifice bunt.

Arlington took a 3-0 first-inning lead and added single runs in the fourth, eighth and ninth innings.

“That was a nice win for us and it was good to get the bats going with some early hitting and runs,” Arlington manager Jason Moccia said.

D.J. Reichert started and pitched eight innings to get the win, throwing 103 pitches and striking out eight to up his record to 2-0. Slattery pitched the hitless ninth inning with a strikeout, one walk and two groundouts to earn the save.

“D.J. mixes his pitching well and he is very good at pitching to contact,” Moccia said. “He’s had two quality starts for us.”

Arlington’s other wins were against Fairfax Post 177 by a 9-5 score and Alexandria Post 24 by a 14-8 final. Post 1995 has lost to Vienna, 3-2, McLean Post 270, 9-4, and Falls Church Post 130, 12-7.

Moccia said Labant, Koomey.Slattery and Jack Couture have been among the top hitters through six games.

Arlington plays next on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. at Wakefield High School against the Kingstowne District 17 post, then faces McLean 270 at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at McLean High School.