Drifters, Eagles struggle another week
Essex 4, Colonial Beach 1
The Colonial Beach Varsity Baseball Team extended their losing streak to three after two district losses each to Essex and Lancaster last week.
As a result this has pushed the Drifters back in the race for a spot in the district tournament beginning next week.
“Our frustration point is coming to a head as we struggle at the plate against good pitching,” Colonial Beach coach Steve Swope said. “We will continue to battling as our backs are you against the wall to reach postseason play.”
Essex’s sophomore lefthander Kinston Carson allowed only one run on four hits while striking out 11. The Trojans pushed across two runs in the first inning and that became enough as the Drifters failed to mount any rally with their four team hits.
Sophomore Nick Graves pitched six innings in the tough luck loss. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out seven himself. Graves banged out two of his team’s four hits, a double and a single.
Second baseman Horton doubled and scored when Smith singled him across in the fourth inning.
Essex’s Drew Baylor had three singles and scored a run to pace the Trojans to the Northern Neck District win.
Lancaster 10, Colonial Beach 3
On May 10 at Dream Fields, Lancaster defeated Colonial Beach led by Josh Moore starting on the mound, giving up one run with two strikeouts, three base on balls and one hit in three innings. The next three innings, Colton Hayden pitched giving up no runs on three base on balls one hit and three strikeouts leaving Taylor Woolard to close the game pitching the seventh-inning.
Colonial Beach’s pitcher Kamron Smith was cruising to a mound win, but this was before Lancaster’s bats got hot. The sophomore finished throwing one strikeout, allowing six earned runs on eight hits.
Lancaster’s Kedrick Lee led the team going 1-4 from the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. Demetrick Lee followed going 1-3 with a bases clearing triple and Jordan Hodges going 2-3 with two runs scored and a RBI.
“Our pitching continues to be solid and it was nice to see the bats wake up,” Lancaster coach Welby Saunders said.
At the plate, Smith knocked in two of his team’s three runs with a two-run double in the seventh inning. Sidney Horton following with three plays at third base and reached third base three times on offense. Horton singled, walked, reached on an error and scored two runs.
Dion Gonzalez followed by being walked and scoring on Smith’s double and teammate Gavin Lutz producing the other Colonial Beach hit, a single in the sixth inning.
Northumberland 8, Washington & Lee 2
The weather finally broke late last week allowing the baseball team to get in a Friday game. And it was another good one in an 8-2 win over at home against Washington & Lee.
Zach Newman went the distance, striking out 10 and pitching himself out of a couple of tight spots. Newman was also backed up by an errorless performance in the field by the Northumberland defense.
The visiting Eagles opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first. That lighted a fire in the Indians’ batters. In the bottom of that same inning, Matthew Harris doubled to left field. Brandon Walker then doubled, scoring Harris. Blake Walker was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Jack Jett tripled into left center driving in two runs. He later scored on a wild pitch.
In the third, Jonathan Hinton tripled, Newman then walked. With runners at first and third, Hunter Bayse bunted. The W&L defense threw the ball around, committing enough errors for two runs to score and Bayse to be safe at first.
In the sixth, they added insult to injury with two more runs. Josh Hinson was hit by a pitch and then stole second. Brandon Walker singled scoring Hinson. Colin Donovan, running for Walker then scored on another series of errors. He was caught in a run down between two bases and ended up scoring on the play.
From Washington & Lee, Zack Bowen was 2-3 with a double and an RBI, Terrin Dickerson, Chris Graham and Cullen Bell were 1-3 and Danny Mundy was 1-2.
The Indians have three games this week with Senior Night being scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.