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MHS girls win 15-14 thriller

by Tom Chillemi

The Middlesex Lady Chargers prevailed 15-14 in an action-packed, lead-changing battle with West Point on April 10 for a Conference 42 win.

Middlesex took advantage of 7 walks and 5 hit batters in the see-saw game at the Middlesex Sports Complex in Locust Hill.

By the end of two innings, the Lady Chargers held a 8-1 lead. However, they watched that lead evaporate when West Point scored 4 runs in the third inning and 9 more in the fourth inning to take a 14-8 lead.

Lady Charger head coach Wade Traynham said he huddled his team and told them they “were about to find out something about themselves. They needed to focus and fight back.”

They did.

In the bottom of the fourth inning Middlesex scored 6 runs to knot the score at 14-14.

Lady Charger pitcher Kaitlyn Weber was spiked while trying to cover home plate. However, despite the injury she shut out the Lady Pointers over the next three innings, backed by good defensive play.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Lady Charger Quinlan Moore doubled with 2 outs. Tambria Wake then tripled over the left fielder’s head to bring in Moore with the game-winning run.

West Point threatened in the seventh inning, but good defensive play by Zariah Freeze, Austen Taylor Dozier, Shelby Lewter and Tambria Wake sealed the win.

At the plate for Middlesex, Freeze went 2 for 4 with two doubles, 3 RBIs and 2 runs. Moore was 2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBIs and 3 runs.

The Lady Chargers (1-0, 3-3) travel to Charles City on Tuesday, April 22, for a 5 p.m. game.

Note: Last week’s story erroneously reported that the Lady Chargers defeated Rappahannock in the Lancaster Invitational Tournament. Actually, the Lady Chargers defeated Rappahannock County.

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posted 04.16.2014

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