After an opening round loss to the Caroline Little League team at the Bowling Green complex, the Northumberland Major Boys (the 10-12 year olds) team bounced back to win two before eventually being eliminated by the same Caroline squad. Last Monday, the local lads used the long ball to defeat Middlesex 10-7. On Wednesday in a hard fought defensive struggle they topped Essex, 4-3 but Thursday in an error filled game, lost their second contest to Caroline 13-2. The loss eliminated Northumberland from further competition this year. On Saturday, the Richmond County (Warsaw) team climbed out of the loser’s bracket to beat Lancaster twice and advance to the Virginia state playoffs.
Monday’s contest against Middlesex was one of the strangest most fans will ever witness. Middlesex opened the first two innings by scoring a run in each. Behind 2-0, Northumberland came to bat in the bottom of the second inning. Two runners reached base and Gavyn Hathaway came to bat. He worked the count to three balls and two strikes. On the next pitch he cut loose a blast that cleared the center field fence for a three run home run. C.J. Timberlake came to the plate and promptly hit a second straight home run. Back to back home runs are not uncommon but what followed was Harrison Williams hit a third straight home run and he was followed by Nash Withers who hit number four in a row, an oddity in any contest. When the last out was finally made in the inning, Northumberland led 9-2.
Pick up the July 5 edition of the Northumberland Echo to read the full story