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MHS JVs defeat Lancaster

by Larry Chowning

The Middlesex High School JV baseball team has had several games rained out, but have played three games and are 1-2 on the season.

Middlesex lost 11-0 to the Lancaster Red Devils on March 15 at Deltaville Ball Park. The Chargers came back on March 23 to rip Lancaster 16-4.

On March 21, the MHS JVs lost to Rappahannock 14-0.

Lancaster 11
Middlesex 0
In the March 15 game against Lancaster, the Chargers allowed too many walks, which gave their “solid” defense very little opportunity to make outs, said MHS JV coach Dustin Harris.

On the offensive side, Adam White, Trey Blankenship and Matt Horne all had a hit in the game. The Chargers left a total of 7 runners stranded in scoring position.

White pitched the first 3 innings. “He had a rough first inning, but was given the opportunity to come back and pitched a commendable second and third innings,” said Harris.

Blankenship pitched the fourth and fifth innings and allowed only one run.

The game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

“Overall, I think we have a very strong team,” said Coach Harris. “If we can improve our consistency on the mound and give our defense a chance to make outs, we will be very competitive.”

Middlesex 16
Lancaster 4
On March 23, MHS got its first win of the season. Mason Phillips got the pitching win for the Chargers, hurling 2 scoreless innings. Maurice Nelson pitched the fifth inning and allowed no runs.

“Mason (Phillips) did a great job on the mound. He trusted his defense and pitched consistently all game,” said Coach Harris. “Offensively, this was the first game of the season our players have really shown what they are capable of. This is a core group of boys who have played together for a while and their hard work and commitment to the game is beginning to pay off.”

The Chargers put on a show in the second inning of the win with 6 hits and 7 runs. They scored 3 runs in both the third and fourth innings. White, hit a 3-run home run to dead centerfield in the inning.

The game was finished in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Greg Pitts went 3-3 and had 1 RBI; Nelson 3-4, 2 RBIs; White 2-3, 3 RBIs; Horne 2-3, 1 RBI; Phillips 1-4, 2 RBIs; Jacob Kirby 1-5, 2 RBIs; and Blankenship 1-3, 1 RBI.

RHS 14, MHS 0
On March 21, Rappahannock blanked Middlesex 14-0. Strong Raider pitching rendered the Chargers hitless in the loss. Blankenship made the start for MHS with Phillips and Nelson also making appearances on the mound.

The MHS JV baseball team consists of: 8th-graders Chipper Anderson, Alex Fitchett, Hunter Harcum, Kendrick Hunley, Pitts and Elliot Redmon; 9th-graders Blankenship, Kirby, Nelson, Phillips, Chris Powell and White; and 10th-graders Horne and Vance Medina.

Weather permitting, the JV Chargers will host Washington & Lee on Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at Deltaville Ball Park.

posted 03.27.2013

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