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Sports Notebook: A coaching edge

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Years later and in different positions, and in one case a different role, the coach still had the advantage over the student.

On the afternoon of July 29, the Chili Dogs played the Bunt Cakes in a semifinal game of the Northern Virginia College League baseball tournament at Waters Field in Vienna.

Dave Pleasants was the acting head coach of the Chili Dogs that day because the head coach was out of town. John Thomas was the head coach of the Bunt Cakes.

As happens before baseball games, the coaches and umpires meet at home plate, as shown in the photo with this blog.

The interesting part of the story is when Thomas was in high school at McLean years ago, Pleasants was his head coach for three seasons. So there they were, years later, on different teams that afternoon and as opposing head coaches meeting at home plate like that. Kind of interesting and fun to watch.

What did Thomas learn from Pleasants as a coach back then? A lot, but apparently not quite enough to beat his old coach. After Thomas’ Bunt Cakes led 1-0 for a good part of the semifinal, the Chili Dogs rallied to win.

“It was kind of fun facing each other, like that,” Pleasants said. “I enjoyed that.”

– Dave Facinoli

dfacinoli@sungazette.net

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