Picking up where they left off last week, the Northumberland varsity baseball team had another strong week as they captured their first conference win of the season.
On Tuesday at home, they edged out King William 3-2 in a 10-inning nail biter; on Thursday, also at home, they shut out Essex 10-0 in a five-inning contest.
Tuesday featured an exciting game with King William taking an early lead through their batters scoring single runs at both at the top of both the second and third innings. In the home half of the sixth, the Indians’ Jack Jett led off with a double and Brandon Walker batted his own, bringing Jett to home plate for the score to make it 2-1.
Blake Walker singled and moved to second on the play with Brandon going to third. Zak Kent grounded out, but scored Brandon. King William went to their top left hander, who shut down the Indians’ offense for the next four innings.
They changed pitchers in the 10th inning and Jett singled with two outs. Brandon singled with Jett scoring when the ball was bobbled in the outfield. Jack Jett led off on the mound for the Indians, pitching his way out of several jams, striking out nine but issuing five walks. Matthew Harris pitched the final five innings of shut-out at the plate, striking out eight batters and allowing just one hit.
At the plate, Brandon went three-for-three with two RBIs, Jett was two-for-four with two scored runs and Blake was one-for-three with a double.
In a Thursday matchup under the lights, what started as a pitcher’s duel blew up in the bottom of the fourth.
“We kind of busted it open,” said Coach Johnny Mothershead.
Jett tripled but scored on an error on the play. Blake doubled and Kent walked, both advancing on a double steal. Carter Deihl singled, driving in both runners. Deihl later scored on a passed ball and Brennan Saunders also scored on a passed ball. In the fifth inning, Josh Hinson walked as did Jett, both advancing on passed balls. Hinson then scored on a passed ball. Brandon walked, Blake