Varsity baseball team in search of first win
Two weeks ago in their only scrimmage game, the Northumberland Indians varsity baseball team shelled Middlesex by a 14-2 score. The bats were booming but this last week, the Indian bats have been largely silent. Monday, in a pitcher’s duel they lost to West Point, 2-1. On Thursday it was King William winning 9-2 and Friday, West Point topped them again, 5-4 in an eight inning game.
“We haven’t been hitting well,” said Northumberland Coach Johnny Mothershead. “We get a man on base but haven’t been able to gain a lot of momentum.”
On Monday, the West Point pitching staff threw 13 strike outs against the Indians.
“West Point has a good group of pitchers,” Said Mothershead.
Mathew Harris had three hits including a triple, but Jack Jett had the only other safety. Jett, Hunter Bayse and Blake Walker were on the mound for the Indians. Jett had three strike outs, Bayse five, and Walker two.
Against King William, the Indians took a two run lead, but couldn’t stop the Cavaliers potent offense. The Cays tied the game with two in their half of the third. They added three more in the fourth, a run in the fifth and three again in the sixth. The Indians only had five hits but committed three errors. Harris opened on the mound and had five strike outs, Jett and Walker both pitched in relief.
In the second West Point game, Zach Newman opened the game and ended with four strike out in four and two thirds innings. The Pointers scored a run in the first and second and two in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, the Indians came alive. Josh Hinson singled, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Harris was safe on a fielder’s choice that scored Hinson.
Dylan Bryant was safe on an error and Jett hit a long single advancing to second on a throwing error, Harris coring on the play. Bryant scored on a passed ball as Jett went to third. Justin Lewis bunted down the first base line, scoring Jett. Jett finished the game with four strike outs. The Pointer broke the tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The varsity will be at Mathews on Thursday and at Nandua Saturday for a double header.