ATLEE - After the ball left the pitcher’s fingertips, Powhatan’s Parker Snellings signaled the power with which he was about to meet the incoming throw.
He scooted his left foot forward, kicking up a small cloud of dirt right before he slashed his bat through the air with the fiery swing.
In one of those instances - Friday evening against Central Chesterfield - he sent the ball rocketing deep into the outfield and dropping past the fielders, bringing home two runs on the double.
The crushing hit was symbolic of how the Powhatan Seniors All-Stars dug in and fought hard in the District 5 Tournament, from start to finish.
The Seniors set the tone right away, edging Atlee 8-6 in their first game to advance to the winner’s bracket. Facing Central Chesterfield on Friday, they tied at 2-2, fell behind as Central took a 7-2 lead and rallied back to tie the ballgame at 7-7 with the help of a 2-RBI single from Snellings and back-to-back runner-plating hits from Eric Willersdorf and Cody Pastorfield. But Central pulled away over the final three frames to win 11-7. Parker Snellings batted 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs and a double.
Powhatan faced the Tuckahoe Nationals on Sunday for the right to challenge Central for the championship. Powhatan took advantage of Tuckahoe’s errors to jump out to a 4-0 lead, but Tuckahoe’s bats heated up in the second inning to tie the contest at 4-4, then featured a go-ahead solo homer in the fourth. Tuckahoe pulled away with the help of a 5-run fifth inning to win 10-4.
Simon Blount batted 2-for-4 and scored a run, Connor Yates reached base three times and scored a run, Pastorfield reached base 3 times and batted 1-for-1 and Snellings in the third inning made a gem of a play from first base when he caught a shallow pop fly, then hustled back to first to force out a runner - who had taken off in a bid to steal second - for the unassisted double play.
“We represented Powhatan well,” Powhatan Seniors All-Star head coach John Snellings said after Tuckahoe eliminated Powhatan from the tournament on Sunday. “We battled every game, just come up short...we talked since - at least I have, from T-ball - we don’t ever give up until it’s over, and finally when we got to 13 to 16, they started never giving up.
“I’m just very proud of what we did and how far we’ve come in the last two or three years with this group of kids,” he said. “Wish we could’ve got some more, but that’s the way the ball rolls.”