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P-Nats lose control of own playoff destiny after 3-3 week

- The week that started on such a positive note for the Potomac Nationals ended with a winnow gap to qualify for the postseason. Potomac entered this week in worse shape than they began last week after losing two out of three road games to Carolina League Northern Division leader Lynchburg. Losses on Friday and Sunday night put the Nationals (25-30, second half) 6.5 games behind the Hillcats (32-24) with 14 games remaining in the regular season.

GHBL ends World Series bid in final four after undefeated post-season run

- The Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League 14-year-old all-star team started the Babe Ruth League post-season back in early July, collecting 60 runs over three games to earn a sweep of the District 8 playoffs. Up next: the state title, captured a week later in four games. For the Southeast Regional tournament, the all-stars from western Prince William and Fauquier played another five games and clinched their berth back to the World Series with five Ws and no Ls.

Frederick, Salem, Myrtle Beach left for P-Nats

- With Frederick (28-28) scheduled to play three games at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge between Aug. 24-26, the Potomac Nationals at least began this week with a chance to leapfrog the Keys for second place. "I don't want to say they have to sweep but they have to win two out of three," said Potomac broadcaster Danny Angel.

Must-win territory for Potomac

- Even with 19 games remaining in the regular season, the Potomac Nationals will need to play some of their best baseball of the entire year during the next week in order to contend for a post-season berth. "This next week's going to decide out season and it's actually convenient that we have a league-wide off day Monday so the guys have something to think about," said Potomac play-by-play announcer Bryan Holland, the morning after a 4-1 loss Sunday evening to rival Wilmington.

Hook ‘em horns

- Talk about a win for the home team. On Sunday night at the Prince William County Fairgrounds, two Virginians won events at the annual competition that featured bull riding, cattle wrangling and horseback barrel racing among several other events. Sam Snapp of Winchester took first place out of 21 contestants in the barrel race, racing Mose Oday around three red, white and blue metal cylinders in 12.779 seconds. Her victory nicely complemented that of Sarah Angelone, another resident of northwest Virginia, who captured the top prize in the break-away wrangling event.

GHBL wins first two games at World Series

- The first two World Series games for the Gainesville-Haymarket Baseball League 14-year-old all-stars are in the books and they both include Ws for the local sluggers. Saturday marked the start of the Babe Ruth League World Series in Pine Bluff, Ark., where the Southeast Regional champion GHBL team began the tournament with an exhaustive 4-1 victory over host Pine Bluff in 10 innings.

Business school

- For every varsity sport in Prince William County, only three groups of athletes play home events away from their actual home schools: swimming, crew and golf. That creates a need for public-private partnerships to provide facilities for the teams to practice and host competitions. So privately-run country clubs and golf clubs team up with local high schools to host meets throughout the season.

Crunch time for P-Nats as season winds down

- July wasn't kind to the Potomac Nationals and August isn't shaping up to be much better. With less than a month remaining in the regular season, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals entered this week in third place in the Carolina League Northern Division, six games under .500 for the second half of the season.

Off on the right foot

- Varsity competition in Prince William County is officially underway and the Battlefield varsity boys golf team couldn't have started out on a much better note. The Bobcats won the 16-team Yorktown Invitational last Thursday at the Bristow Manor Golf Club with a team score of 304, eight strokes below second-place Madison. Patriot took third place with a team score of 313.

Merritt wins but Tiger draws the crowds

- Troy Merritt may have been the winner, but it was Tiger Woods who was the big draw last week at the Quicken Loans National Tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Woods arrived (publicly, at least) in Gainesville last Tuesday to practice and said the last time he played here was in 2005 during the President's Cup. “It's a lot bigger golf course than I remember from '05,” he said during a press conference.
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