The long-standing American Legion District 17 all-star baseball game won’t be played the morning of July 4 this summer like so many times in the past at Waters Field in Vienna as tradition.
But there will still be Legion baseball played at the loved Waters diamond that Independence Day morning. At 10 a.m. on July 4, local team Vienna Post 180 will host Leesburg Post 34 in a non-league nine-inning contest between two of what are considered the best teams in the state.
“We are the local Legion team in Vienna, there should be Legion baseball played at Waters that morning on July 4, so we will host a game,” Vienna Post 180 manager Nick Good said.
Vienna lost to Leesburg, 2-0, in a game earlier this summer, and the squads met last season as well.
“They have some big hitters,” Good said. “We look forward to the game, and we are hoping it will draw a big July 4 crowd at Waters.”
The teams also met at Waters last summer on July 4, and Leesburg won 6-0.
The status of the District 17 all-star game is undetermined. It wasn’t played the last two seasons because of the pandemic. Getting enough players was an issue, of sorts, regarding this summer’s contest, so it was not scheduled. And that’s too bad.
Good said the game was a long-standing tradition on July 4 at Waters, and could return in some format on a future Independence Day at Waters.
In the meantime, there will still at least be American Legion baseball this year on July 4 at Waters.
That’s always a good thing, and a great tradition.
– Dave Facinoli