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Chargers rip Tigers; fall to Cavaliers 6-4

by Tom Hardin

With 30 hits in its past two games, the Middlesex High varsity baseball team appears ready to challenge for the Tidewater District championship and a spot in the Region A Division 1 Tournament.

The Chargers (2-1, 4-4) collected 19 hits in a 21-0 five-inning win over King and Queen on Tuesday, and had 11 hits in a 6-4 loss to Tidewater District leader King William on April 18.

In the victory over King and Queen, the Chargers erupted for 10 runs in the first inning and cruised the rest of the way.

“We just hit the ball hard, and when we hit it soft we found the holes,” said Middlesex coach Timmy Blake. “We came out swinging.”

King William 6, MHS 4
One bad inning cost the Chargers a chance at winning this key district game.

The Cavaliers led 2-0 when MHS scored in the bottom of the second inning on a double by Purcell and a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Major.

King William went ahead 3-1 with a run in the third inning, and Middlesex responded with a run in the fourth on a triple by Purcell and a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Shelton.

The Cavaliers tallied 3 runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead.

MHS rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on doubles by Dozier and K. Lawson, a single by Collier, and a run-scoring fielder’s choice by Davis.

“We swung the bat well against their ace pitcher (Daniel McGee),” said Blake.

The MHS varsity and JVs play at Mathews this Friday, April 26. The JV game is at 5 p.m. and varsity game is at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, April 30, the varsity will host West Point at 5 p.m.

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posted 04.24.2013

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