, 2015

Indians win Region A baseball title

by Renss Greene

The Northumberland High School baseball team on June 6 beat the William Campbell Combined School, 7-6, to win the Region A varsity baseball tournament championship.

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The Northumberland Indians celebrate winning the Region A tournament championship.

The lead went back and forth throughout the game until the bottom of the seventh, when the Indians took the lead for good on a walk-off single with two on base and a full count.

The Generals jumped ahead three runs in one-and-a-half innings despite control problems on the mound. An Indians bunt in the bottom of the second inning led to a wild throw to first and brought in three runners to tie the game.

The teams traded the lead through the middle innings.

The Indians narrowly escaped the sixth inning tied, 6-6. Indians pitcher Blake Walker stranded three Generals on the bases by striking out the batter with a breaking ball on a full count.

Closer Zak Kent took over for the Indians in the top of the seventh facing the middle of the Generals lineup.

In the bottom of the seventh, Indians Matthew Harris hit a single, but was picked off by a fielder’s choice to allow Josh Hinson on base. Jack Jett followed on base with a Generals error on a short hop to first base, sending Hinson to third. Blake Walker bunted to bring Hinson in and win the game.

In all, William Campbell left three players on base, all in the sixth inning, and committed three errors. Northumberland left three on base, but had only one error.

The Indians and Generals both go to the state tournament in Roanoke.

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