W&L Baseball & Softball Update: March 27
Carrington Balderson, manager Mike Clark, and Dwayne Cherry have a laugh before the team’s win over King & Queen last week.
Week two: Eagles split games
The Washington & Lee Varsity baseball team split the week last week suffering an 11-1 loss at the hands of AA Chancellor and picking up a 10-0 victory over Group A foe King & Queen.
After defeating Chancellor the previous week to the tune of 3–2, the Eagles found it a little more difficult to keep the oppositions bats in check the second matchup. Riney Brown started the game for the Eagles and seemed to have decent stuff early on. However, the Chancellor bats quickly caught up. The Charger hitters plated seven runs in the first three innings and chased the power-pitching Brown from the game. Danny Mundy came on in relief and held the Chargers in check for the next two innings.
However, a difficult sixth inning for the Eagles allowed Chancellor to push across their final four runs. Washington & Lee’s lone run came in the second inning when Brown blasted a homerun over the left-center field wall at Loriella Park in Fredericksburg. The Eagles hit several other balls well throughout the game but were victims of some outstanding defensive plays made by the Chargers.
After the loss, the young Eagles squad recognized the importance of its Friday night game with King & Queen. Carrington Balderson toed the mound for the Eagles and pitched through a brutally cold evening. He struck out nine King & Queen hitters through four innings and allowed only base runner, which reached on an error. Mundy threw the fifth inning and despite giving up one walk and allowing one baserunner to reach by error, also held the Tigers hitless and scoreless. Balderson and Mundy combined for a no-hitter – the first of the Eagles’ season and the second of Balderson’s career.
Offensively the Eagles were a bit slow getting started. However, the bats broke loose in the fourth and fifth as the Eagles pushed across eight runs in those two frames. Cullen Bell led the charge offensively. He recorded a 1 for 2 effort, smashed a 2 RBI double, and scored four runs. Balderson had a two for three day and Terrin Dickerson recorded a hit.
The Eagles overall record is 2–1. The team is scheduled to have home matchups with James Monroe and Middlesex this week.
Soaring to first win
The Washington & Lee Varsity Softball Team ended the week on a high note as they cruised past the visiting Tigers from King & Queen High School. On March 22, the Lady Eagles earned their first victory of the season defeating King & Queen 24-4 with 24 singles, two doubles and an in the park homer. Katelyn Reamy was 4-4 from the plate with two singles, a double and hitting the in the park homerun. The Lady Eagles improve to 1-2 on the season.