The drive over to Onancock on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is quite a long trip. Losing two games while you are there makes the trip back even longer. The Varsity baseball Eagles had to experience that somber trip last Wednesday after dropping two games to Region A foe Nandua.
The Nandua pitchers simply proved to be too much for the Eagle bats. Losing the first game 8 – 0, the Eagle hitters only recorded two hits off of Virginia Military Institute signee Austin Heelon. Jeremy Saunders and Terrin Dickerson each drove singles through the right side of the infield for the Eagles, but the production stopped there. A combination of walked batters, timely base hits, and defensive blunders allowed the Warriors from Nandua to push across eight runs despite not hitting the ball very well off of Eagle starter Carrington Balderson. The pitcher did suffer the loss, which was his first of the year.
The Eagle bats woke up a bit in game two of the double header. However, the effort was still not enough to take down Regional favorite Nandua. Dickerson and Saunders, along with Cullen Bell and Dwayne Cherry recorded hits in game two. Saunders had two stolen bases on the day.
The Eagles were back at it on Thursday as they took on neighboring King George. Their fortune was better on this day; they took down the Foxes 10 – 7. Riney Brown got the start for Washington & Lee. He threw five solid innings holding the King George hitters to three runs. The Eagle pounded out 11 hits on the day. Eight of nine starting players recorded hits in the game. The offensive production was highlighted by a breakout game for Carrington Balderson, who was three for four with a single, a double, and a homerun and a two for three effort from Danny Mundy.