Drifters split week in district
The Colonial Beach Drifters Baseball Team (10-3, 2-1) picked up another district win dropping Northumberland in the process. But in the week to follow fell in a shut out to Lancaster and found a win over West Point.
The Colonial Beach pitching staff during the three games last week used “four hurlers that contributed a strong performances on the bump,” said Coach Steve Swope.
“Our pitching staff came up big all week and that’s what it will take as we heads down the stretch in the district, where there are no days off,” Swope added.
In the 7-3 win over Northumberland, sophomore pitcher Kamron Smith pitched 5 2/3 innings to collect his fourth mound victory of the season. While on the hill, Smith allowed three runs, two
Colonial Beach pitcher Gavin Lutz warms up for another trip at the mound.
of them earned, and struck out a season high nine batters. At the plate he earned a walk and a run.
Seniors Josh Thomas and Dion Gonzalez helped the team offensively making some big hits. Thomas hit a two run double to leftfield and Gonzalez followed with a two-run bomb to leftfield. Gonzalez also walked and scored another run.
Sophomore Nick Graves banged out two singles knocking in a run and closed out the game at the mound; Devin Davis and Gavin Lutz each added singles and a run scored; Carter Foster walked and scored; and Sidney Horton had two singles.
In the 3-0 loss to Lancaster, Graves was the tough-luck loser as he matched opposing ace pitcher Colton Hayden with a two-hitter and seven strikeout performance, but he gave up three unearned runs in the defeat.
A hard throwing Hayden, who allowed just hits and struck out seven, silenced the Drifters’ bats.
Graves had one of the hits in the first innings with a double off of the centerfield fence and Davis earned one with a seventh inning single.
Before the rainfall could come down, the Drifters earned another victory in a 6-4 win over West Point to end the week.
This came after a pitching performance by Lutz with 5 1/3 innings to work out the Pointers and Thomas to close. Lutz allowed four runs of which two were earned, walking only a batter and striking out six. He also helped himself at the plate with a big two-run, two-out single in the fifth inning that tied the game.
Gonzalez delivered a big game winning single win the sixth inning scoring Jason Vickery, who opened the inning with a clutch sharp single to the left.
Graves hit a double against the Pointers along with a single, got hit by a pitch and scored a run; first baseman Carlos Bermudez walked twice and scored both times; Foster walked and scored.
The team will be playing on April 25 at Rappahannock High after facing Essex on April 23. Game begins at 5 p.m.