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Chargers down LHS in baseball

by Tom Hardin

After absorbing a 17-10 home loss to Rappahannock last Thursday, the Middlesex High varsity baseball team regrouped on Saturday and edged Lancaster 3-1 at Dream Fields in Kilmarnock.

The Chargers of head coach Timmy Blake are 1-1 on the season, and will travel to Montross to play Washington & Lee at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.

The Chargers will be idle over spring break and return to action Tuesday, April 9, at Rappahannock.

RHS 17, Middlesex 10
On a cold, damp day, the Raiders of Rappahannock erupted for 16 hits and took advantage of 12 walks in their 17-10 win over the Chargers.

MHS scored 4 runs in the 1st inning on a single by Andrew Dozier, two hit-by-pitches, a run-scoring walk by Hunter Davis, a run-scoring single by John Purcell, and a 2-run error by the Raiders.

The Chargers didn’t score again until the 6th inning. Trailing 12-4, MHS tallied 6 runs to cut the RHS lead to 12-10. Four straight walks, an RBI single by Davis, a 2-run double by Purcell, and run-scoring singles by both Kyle Shelton and Marshal Shermer produced the runs.

“We didn’t chase bad pitches in this game, but our own pitching wasn’t good. I think the weather conditions and lack of practice had a lot to do with that,” said Blake.

Davis was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs, and Purcell was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs to pace the Chargers. Kyle Lawson also had a single.

MHS 3, Lancaster 1
On Saturday, MHS starting pitcher Jeremy Collier hurled 5 strong innings with 3 strikeouts. He yielded 4 hits, 2 walks and one unearned run. Kyle Shelton pitched 2 innings in relief and gave up one hit and no walks while fanning one.

“We played excellent defense behind our pitchers,” said Blake. “On offense we wasted a lot of good scoring opportunities and should have scored more runs.”

MHS scored twice in the 2nd inning on a Shelton single; a 2-out run-scoring double by Dozier; and three hit by pitches.

The Chargers scored their final run in the 6th inning on a double by Purcell.

Dozier had a double and single in the game, and Zach Belcher also added a single.

The MHS-Windsor game set for March 26 was canceled.

posted 03.27.2013

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