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Chargers down West Point

A sliding Alexander Crittenden of Middlesex arrived a tick late as Nick Stump of Mathews turns the first half of a double play in Friday’s 8-4 Blue Devil win.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

Middlesex remained in a tie for first place in the Tidewater District Tuesday with a 9-5 varsity baseball win at West Point.

Middlesex is 4-1 in the Tidewater District and 6-3 overall. “If we go undefeated the rest of the way, we can pull it (district title) out,” said MHS coach Timmy Blake.

The Chargers, Mathews and King William each have one loss in district play.

Senior Jake Fletcher led the Chargers past West Point both on the mound and at the plate. Fletcher pitched one-hit ball over four innings and upped his pitching record to 3-0. He gave up one earned run and struck out 2.

At the plate, Fletcher was 3 for 3 with a triple, double, single, four RBIs and 2 runs.

Keith Whitley relieved Fletcher on the mound in the fifth inning and pitched 3 innings of two-hit ball with 3 strikeouts. Only 2 of the 4 runs he gave up were earned.

Chuckie Morris was 2 for 4 with an RBI; Harley Moore was 2 for 2 with an RBI and 3 runs; Whitley had a single and an RBI; Alex Crittenden contributed a single and two runs; Justin Cooper had a pinch hit single and a run; Norman Sibley also had a pinch hit single; and Bryce Wright drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.

The Chargers will host Colonial Beach today, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Deltaville; and are at Northumberland on Monday, May 4, at 5 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 5, the Chargers will host King William at 5 p.m.; and on Thursday, May 7, they are at King and Queen at 5 p.m.

The Chargers’ final game of the regular season is against Mathews on Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in Deltaville.

The Tidewater District Tournament will begin on Friday, May 15, and will continue May 19 and 21 in Mathews.

Mathews 8 / Middlesex 4

A first inning outburst helped Tidewater District foe Mathews defeat visiting Middlesex 8-4 on Friday.

Mathews scored 6 runs in the first inning. “That fired them up and knocked us down,” said Charger coach Tim Blake. “It’s hard to come back from that.”

Mathews took advantage of the control problems of Middlesex pitcher Michael Eades. At least two Blue Devil runs scored on wild pitches. Eades left the mound in the first inning after striking out 2. “When he’s throwing strikes, he’s tough to bat against,” said Charger coach Tim Blake.

Keith Whitley took over on the mound and pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up 4 hits 2 runs (one earned), 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. “That’s a good walk-strikeout ratio,” said Blake.

Offensively, the Chargers were led by Jake Fletcher with a home run, triple, single, and 3 runs.

Mason Goodrich added a single and RBI; Chuckie Morris, Harley Moore and Whitley each had a single; and Malcolm Ward had a single and a run.

Pinch hitter Norman Sibley had a run-scoring fielder’s choice.

posted 04.30.2009

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