Chargers stun Drifters behind Collier, Purcell
by Tom Chillemi
Precise pitching by Jeremy Collier and a big 3-run homer by John Purcell propelled the Middlesex High varsity baseball team to a 4-1 upset victory at Colonial Beach on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 Region A Tournament.
The Chargers traveled to play Surry on Wednesday, May 29, in a semifinal showdown. The winner will play on Friday, May 31, at 5 p.m. at either West Point or top-seeded Rappahannock.
The Drifters scored their only run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kyle Lawson then took over pitching duties and struck out the last 2 batters. K. Lawson also doubled to help the offense.
In the third inning the Chargers’ rally started when Collier was hit by a pitch. Hunter Davis reached base on a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and second. Then, with the count full, John Purcell ripped a three-run homer down the left field line.
The Chargers threatened in the sixth inning, but it was only a threat. Chris Blake’s sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third base. “Then we had bases loaded with one out and couldn’t score anybody,” said Blake. “I thought that was going to be the beginning of the end. We were lucky to have come out of there with a victory.”
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