Chargers lose opener; host Lancaster Monday
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High School varsity baseball team lost its first game of the season to a strong Northumberland team, 11-2. The Indians were paced by the strong pitching of their ace, Kyle Hall, who struck out 12 Chargers in 5 innings.
The Chargers were able to get 8 hits off Hall, but no extra base hits. Jake Fletcher and Brandon Putney each had two singles, and Mike Eades, Harley Moore, Alexander Crittenden and Cody Hunter each contributed one single.
“We actually hit Hall some, but the hits were scattered and we left too many people on base,” said MHS coach Tim Blake. “If we had just put the hits together, it would have resulted in more runs.”
Eades started the game and pitched an inning and a half before Moore came on in relief. “Michael had a little problem finding the location but he is going to be fine,” said Blake. “Harley pitched pretty well and Keith Whitley came on and closed the game out for us.”
The Chargers will visit Lancaster this Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m., and will host Lancaster on March 30 at Deltaville Ball Park at 5 p.m.
The Annual RGH Baseball Tournament is set for Thursday and Friday, April 3-4 in Deltaville. In the semifinals on April 3, W&L will play Northumberland at 5 p.m., and Middlesex will play Lancaster at 7 p.m. The consolation game is set for 5 p.m. on April 4, and the championship game is at 7 p.m.