, 2014


Northumberland wins Conference #43
tournament; advances in region action

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Mathew Harris pitched a one-hitter to lead Northumberland in a 9-0 win over Rappahannock last Friday for the Conference #43 tournament championship.

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Lancaster’s Demetrick Lee is safe on the steal at second, but Washington & Lee’s second baseman took a foot to the face on the attempt. He didn’t have to come out of the game. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Harris struck out three and didn’t give up a run in seven innings of work for the Indians, who went on to pick up a Region 1A East quarterfinal win over Parry McCluer, 6-5, on Monday. Northumberland scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh in that game to move on to a regional semifinal against Surry on Wednesday (June 4).

Jack Jett hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first as the Indians took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first in last Friday’s championship game.

They added one in the second on an RBI double by Harris and another in the fourth on errors.

Northumberland capped the scoring with a three-run rally in the fifth led by a Zak Kent single.

Semifinal

Rappahannock advanced to the tournament final with a 4-3 extra inning win over Lancaster in last Wednesday’s semifinal. Romeo Jackson scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a passed ball at the plate. Jackson had led the inning off with a single up the middle and stole second. Lancaster intentionally walked Marquis Lanier, who had hit two homers earlier in the game, and pitcher Josh Moore hit Rappahannock’s batter with a pitch to load the bases.

Jackson stole on a throw that got past Lancaster catcher Kyle Thomas in a driving rain that had started in the second inning. By the seventh, the wet ball and field made for a few errors on both teams.

“Of course we didn’t want the season to end that way, but it was a great last effort by Josh on the mound and the entire team,” said LHS coach Welby Saunders. “They gave it their all two nights in a row. We couldn’t have asked for more than that.”

Hundreds of fans from Northumberland, Richmond and Lancaster counties came to Dream Fields near Kilmarnock last Friday night for the conference tournament final. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Ironically, the Devils had advanced to the semifinal by beating Washington & Lee exactly how they lost to Rappahannock—scoring on a passed ball to break a tie game in their last at bat.

Eamon Collins won the pitching duel with Moore. Collins walked six, struck out 10 and allowed five hits. Moore’s stats were similar. He walked four, including one intentionally, struck out eight and gave up nine hits.

Moore threw 115 pitches, while Collins threw nearly 150.

Both teams continuously dug themselves into a hole but kept crawling out. Each left 12 runners on base in the outing with Lancaster leaving the bases loaded two times.

Rappahannock’s lead-off batter, Lanier, started the game by taking a first-pitch deep over the left field wall for a homerun to give the visiting Raiders a quick 1-0 lead.

Lancaster left two runners stranded in the first, but scored a pair in the third on two walks and two hits. Jay Bryant led off with a walk and Brandon Self was hit by Collins before the Raiders intentionally walked Moore to load the bases. The strategy backfired when Collins hit Thomas with a pitch to walk in Bryant and Jordan Hodges had an RBI to score Self.

Lancaster went up 3-1 in the sixth when Self drew a two-out walk and Demetrick Lee smacked an RBI triple to right center.

But the Raiders tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Lanier hit an in-the-park home run to score two.

The Devils left runners on first and third in the seventh and Lee stranded at second after a two-out double in the eighth.

Lee went 2-for-5 with a double and triple for an RBI to lead Lancaster at the plate. Moore batted 2-for-3 with a single, double and walk.

Quarterfinal

Moore scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh to lift Lancaster over Washington & Lee, 4-3, in last Tuesday’s quarterfinal.

Moore opened Lancaster’s last at bat with a two-out double, then stole third and came home on the wild pitch to break the 3-3 lock.

Washington and Lee had gone up 1-0 in the first, but Lancaster answered back with a three-run second inning on five walks and a base hit by Demetrick Lee. Moore, Taylor Woolard and Grant Long scored in the second for the 3-1 Lancaster lead.

The Eagles picked up two in the third for a tie that held through three innings.

Woolard went the distance on the mound, allowing six hits, walking six and striking out five.

Lee led Lancaster’s batters, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Woolard helped himself with a 2-for-3 night at the plate and a run scored. Moore scored twice.


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