Chargers rebound to down Colonial Beach
|MHS pitcher Keith Whitley held NHS to one hit and no runs through the first five innings Friday night.|
It was breezy at the boardwalk in Colonial Beach Tuesday evening.
Middlesex senior southpaw Mike Eades fanned 17 Drifters en route to a 7-2 Charger win in the Tidewater District opener for both teams.
Eades pitched a complete game and gave up only one earned run as the Chargers improved to 3-2 overall.
At the plate, Chuckie Morris was the hitting star for MHS with a 3-run home run and single. Jake Fletcher added a solo homer, and Eades had two singles and an RBI.
The Chargers will host West Point today, April 9, at 5 p.m. in Deltaville. “West Point has improved. We had close games against them last year,” said MHS coach Tim Blake.
“The district title is on the line,” said Blake. “I still think it’s up in the air and any of five teams have a shot at it.”
The Chargers are at Lancaster for a make-up game on Wednesday, April 15. They travel to King William on Thursday, April 16. Both games are at 5 p.m.
Northumberland came out on top in last week’s Annual Rappahannock General Hospital Baseball Tournament in Deltaville with a 6-2 win over Washington and Lee in the opening game on Thursday, and a 6-1 win over Middlesex for the championship on Friday.
In Friday’s consolation game, W&L downed Lancaster 4-3.
Middlesex advanced to the title game by defeating Lancaster 11-5 in a 20-hit slugfest on Thursday. Middlesex tallied 11 hits to Lancaster’s 9.
Lancaster scored twice in the top of the first inning. Middlesex answered with 3 runs in bottom of the first with the help of walks and wild pitches.
In the third inning, Middlesex snuffed a would-be Lancaster rally and held them to one run. The big defensive play happened with none out and a Lancaster runner on second base. The next LHS batter doubled just inside the left-field foul line, and Charger outfielder Malcolm Ward fired to cut-off man Mason Goodrich at third, who then threw a strike to catcher Chuckie Morris to cut down the LHS runner at the plate as he tried to score from second.
“It was the defensive play of the game,” said Charger head coach Tim Blake.
A four-run rally put Middlesex ahead 7-3 in the bottom of the third on 3 hits, 2 errors and a walk. “They were kicking it around and we took advantage of it,” said Coach Blake.
Lancaster put up a run in the top of the fourth to cut the MHS lead to 7-4.
Middlesex made it 9-4 by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Red Devils answered with a run in the sixth.
Middlesex got 2 more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 11-5 win.
Mike Eades started on the mound for Middlesex and earned the win. He pitched 5 innings, gave up 3 earned runs, walked 4 and struck out 11.
Harley Moore relieved Eades in the sixth, and Jake Fletcher relieved Moore. Fletcher struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced and gave up one hit in the final 1 2/3 innings.
Fletcher, the Chargers’ lead-off batter, was 3 for 5 and led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo homer.
At the plate, Eades was 2-2 with 2 RBIs; Goodrich 2 for 3 with an RBI, Keith Whitley 2 for 4; Moore 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs; and Brandon Putney had one hit and 2 RBIs.
Northumberland and Middlesex were scoreless through 5 innings when the Indians bats came alive. They collected 7 of their 8 hits in the last two innings.
Charger pitcher Keith Whitley, who had held Northumberland to one hit in 5 innings, tired in the sixth and NHS scored 3 earned runs behind 2 home runs and other hits. “They did a good job hitting balls on the outside of the plate and driving them to the opposite field,” said Blake.
Middlesex could not put its 11 hits together, and left 10 runners stranded on base.
For Middlesex, Fletcher was 2 for 4 and scored the only Charger run in the seventh.
Ward was 2 for 4, Morris 2 for 4 with an RBI; Goodrich 2 for 4 with a double; Whitley 1 for 2; and Eades and Putney each 1 for 4.
In the RGH consolation game, W&L and Lancaster were tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh when W&L scored the winning run.