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Lebanon will be a force to reckon with in 2A

Abingdon is a lot better than some had thought since losing Francisco and Hungate to graduation.

Patrick Henry is the 1A team that looks to be making a statement

Union is a solid team and should make some noise in 2A

Virginia High is looking to get on track but Coach Daniels usually has them ready come playoff time

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It’s still a little early to tell about Virginia High.  The Bearcats have yet to actually play a regular season game. So far their schedule has been.....

Game 1) W vs. Union (FCA)

Game 2) L vs. Licking Valley, OH (FCA) (Blew a 7 run, 7th inning lead)

Game 3) L vs. Robert E. Lee Academy from SC (Mingo Bay Classic - Myrtle Beach)

Game 4) L vs. Whitewater, GA (Mingo Bay Classic)

Game 5) L vs. Dinwiddie, VA (Mingo Bay Classic)

 

The Bearcats could have won all 4 games they have lost and definitely SHOULD have won 3 of those, but they didn’t. They had a very late start to the season, coupled with weather costing them the chance to play Lebanon earlier this week and now Graham has pulled out of tonight’s matchup because they have advanced in the tournament they are playing in. With the forecasted weather looking bad for their next scheduled game against Abingdon, there’s a chance they could enter the 3rd week of April having played only 5 games with none being regular season contests.

It could make for a crazy last month of the season for VHS, but they have returned 7 starters from last year’s team that lost the State Championship game by one run, plus they got back one of their top guys that did not play last year, so we’ll see how things go. 

 

I’ve seen Union twice now and they should be in the mix late in 2A.

Abingdon is off to a good start and they have a lot of young talent, plus a couple of very good seniors.

Lebanon has the region’s top pitcher and can beat anyone when he’s on the mound. 

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21 hours ago, Falcon Mania said:

Baseball:

Lebanon will be a force to reckon with in 2A

Abingdon is a lot better than some had thought since losing Francisco and Hungate to graduation.

Patrick Henry is the 1A team that looks to be making a statement

Union is a solid team and should make some noise in 2A

Virginia High is looking to get on track but Coach Daniels usually has them ready come playoff time

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2 hours ago, BigWinners said:

Lebanon should dominate but Union isn't to be taken lightly

Who has Lebanon played?  Until they play a true quality opponent, how can you say dominate?  They are good with Buchanan on the mound, but until they face a team with a good lineup top to bottom it is hard to say they will dominate.  TN High exposed that!  There isn't a dominant team in 2A to this point!

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16 minutes ago, BigWinners said:

Ah okay

 

 

But needless to say, they're fantastic

They are definitely in the running with their ace on the mound. During the FCA tournament they were beat 11-1 and no-hit by Tn. High. This Lebanon team is eerily similar to their team from 3 years ago when they had Will Stamper as their ace. When he pitched they had a chance to beat anyone. They were a little different team when Stamper couldn’t pitch. 

This year’s Lebanon team has shown signs of this. They’ve played Battle 3 times. A dominating win with Buchanan on the mound. 2 close wins in the others.

Im not taking away from them, they have talent, but just like most of last season, they’re a much different team when he’s not pitching.

EDIT: What I meant by last year’s team was in their first matchup against VHS, Buchanan threw a no-no in a 2-0 win. The next game, VHS scores 11 runs in the first inning.

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39 minutes ago, BigWinners said:

They also beat Science Hill

 Lebanon hasn’t played Science Hill or VHS.  1 pitcher doesn’t make a team. They have 2 division 1 sophomores that have committed  and the only team of substance they have truly played is Tennessee High!

Lebanon has played battle 3 times for 8 of their wins and have gotten all they have wanted from them. They have played Grundy, tazewell and central and beat them all in run rule fashion. They are a good team, but I would like to see their record with a VA High schedule!

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14 hours ago, FoxTrot said:

 Lebanon hasn’t played Science Hill or VHS.  1 pitcher doesn’t make a team. They have 2 division 1 sophomores that have committed  and the only team of substance they have truly played is Tennessee High!

Lebanon has played battle 3 times for 8 of their wins and have gotten all they have wanted from them. They have played Grundy, tazewell and central and beat them all in run rule fashion. They are a good team, but I would like to see their record with a VA High schedule!

 

I must-have seen a score for Lebanon (TN) vs SH.

 

They crushed Battle once, and then other two were close.

 

wise Central isn't a team of substance? 

 

in think you just don't wanna give Lebanon credit

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46 minutes ago, BigWinners said:

 

I must-have seen a score for Lebanon (TN) vs SH.

 

They crushed Battle once, and then other two were close.

 

wise Central isn't a team of substance? 

 

in think you just don't wanna give Lebanon credit

I give Lebanon all the credit in the world.  I have watched Buchanan and Steele grow in the game of baseball since they were 11 years old, playing with Jr. Viking Baseball to Crusaders Baseball, and now to Elite Prime in Atlanta.  Both are fantastic young players with great futures.  As a team, Lebanon has a lot to prove to use the word "DOMINANT and FANTASTIC".  Central is a very young team, and they aren't near as good as they were last year, due to attrition, but they will be playing well probably in the end.  Big Win over Union last night.  

If you have watched the Region 2A baseball season the last few years, it isn't loaded in talent or dominant teams.   Our Region usually can pose well down the road.  Va High has showed consistency in lineup for past few years, which makes them a stronger team.  Not just 1 dominant pitcher.  

 

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