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Charger bats on fire in 14-6 win over Pointers

MHS freshman Alex Fitchett (above) pitched a complete game, striking out 7 and scattering 9 hits over 7 innings.

by Tom Chillemi

The young Middlesex varsity baseball team delivered 17 hits in a 14-6 Conference 42 win over a more experienced West Point squad on April 10.

“I’m very pleased with the team effort,” said Charger coach Tim Blake. “I was really impressed with how my young team picked up the signs . . . bunts were crucial in advancing runners and that kept the pressure on West Point.”

It was the first win of the season for the Chargers (1-4). “It was a big win for a young team,” Blake said, “West Point has an older team with more experience and depth, but we played well and held up.”

Freshman Alex Fitchett pitched a complete game, striking out 7 and scattering 9 hits over 7 innings, while walking only two. “He’s very effective as long as he throws strikes, and he had a good day on the mound and at the plate,” Blake said.

Blake said someone pointed out to him that the Chargers not only had a freshman pitcher, but also had a freshman catcher in Greg Pitts. “I hadn’t thought about it,” said Blake. “Greg did a good job behind the plate.”

Austin Cooper, who usually starts at catcher, was being used as the designated hitter due to a minor leg issue.

The Chargers posted 5-run rallies in both the second and fifth innings, and added two more insurance runs in the sixth. They also scored a run in both the first and fourth innings.

The Chargers will play at Charles City on Tuesday, April 22, at 5 p.m.

The game originally scheduled against Lancaster for Friday, April 15, has been canceled due to a conflict with opening night of Little League.

The Chargers’ next home game is Tuesday, April 29, against King and Queen at Deltaville Ballpark.

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posted 04.16.2014

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