Surry nips MHS 6-5 in regional semifinals
by Tom Chillemi
The Middlesex High baseball team’s season ended in a 6-5 loss at Surry on May 29 in the semifinals of the Division 1, Region A Tournament.
Surry took a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the see-saw game.
Middlesex scored 3 runs to go ahead 3-2 in the top of the third inning. Andrew Dozier, Kyle Lawson and Hunter Davis singled to load the bases. John Purcell singled in Dozier and K. Lawson, and Chris Blake brought Davis home with a single.
Surry tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the third inning.
MHS scored once in the top of the fifth when Purcell doubled and scored on Blake’s single.
Surry responded with 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead.
In the sixth, K. Lawson doubled and scored on Jeremy Collier’s double to narrow Surry’s lead to 6-5.
In the top of the seventh, the Chargers left 2 runners stranded on base, bringing the total number of Chargers left on base in the game to 11.
“We out-hit them, out played them defensively, but still lost,” said Middlesex coach Tim Blake. “They never hit the ball hard all day long, but they seemed to find a hole. We hit the ball hard all day, but right at people.”
K. Lawson started on the mound of Middlesex and went the distance. He scattered 6 hits—none for extra bases—struck out 7 and gave up just one walk. “He pitched well enough to win,” said Blake. “It’s a shame we couldn’t pull it out.”
In the finals on Friday, Rappahannock defeated Surry 9-5. Both teams advanced to the state tournament.
Making first team All-Tidewater District for Middlesex was outfielder Andrew Dozier, a senior who batted .296 and led the Chargers in runs with 14.
The Chargers claimed five positions on the second team. Jeremy Collier, a senior, compiled a pitching 4-3 record with a 2.31 ERA, and batted .280. He was named second team pitcher and second team utility player.
Senior Hunter Davis made second team at first base. He batted .362, and led the team in hits with 17.
Senior Trey Major, who batted .269, also made the second team as an outfielder.
Sophomore Chris Blake batted .282 and made second team at second base.
The Chargers lose seven seniors to graduation, most of whom were starting players.
“John Purcell did a good job behind the plate for us,” said Blake. “He finished strong at the plate in the regional playoffs. He will be missed.”
Blake also said Zach Belcher “had a good year at third base . . . he was strong defensively.”
Designated hitter Jacob Lawson “gave us some good quality at bats in crucial games.”
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