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Ball teams open well

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 2:58 pm

With the sun shining and good drying wind, the Northumberland High School ball teams, all four of them, hit the fields on March 12. The guys varsity baseball team took a 2-1 win at Mathews on Tuesday but stumbled in double header Saturday at Nandua, losing 3-1 and 5-2. They came back last week with a 10-0 shutout of Mathews on Tuesday, the nineteenth.  The JV guys won both contests last week, 12-9 over Mathews and 10-0 against King and Queen. Last week they lost at Mathews 15-7 on what Coach Brian Harris said was “a lot of errors.”

The Lady Indians softball team followed suit with a big 9-0 at Mathews in their only outing last week.  The varsity returned here last Monday on a very cold and rainy afternoon to take a 2-1 win over Fredericksburg Christian. They topped that with 4-1 over Mathews here Tuesday. This  past Friday and Saturday, the Lady Indians participated in The High School Softball Classic at L.C. Byrd High School in Richmond. They lost two games on Friday but came back with two wins on Saturday. The JV girls lost to Mathews 8-7 in their opener but rebounded for a nifty 11-1 victory over K&Q. The JV girls lost at Mathews last Tuesday, 12-8.

Head varsity softball Coach Mike Baker summed up his team’s win Tuesday the twelfth by saying, “Any time you go to Mathews and get a win it’s a good one.” The Lady Blue Devils are young this year but are always around when the playoffs start and this year probably will be no different. But the story of the game was senior Brantly Swift fire balling her way to a one hit shutout while striking out thirteen. Swift was backed up by a multiple hit attack with senior Zoie Sadler and sophomore Kaylie Baker both going two for three from the plate, Soph Jaylyn Thompson also had two hits in five trips to the plate.

Monday’s cold and rainy day did little to cool off the red hot Brantly Swift on the mound. She struck out fourteen with backing from Sadler, collecting her one hundredth varsity hit and Thompson, stretching a walk, a stolen base and an error into a run. Tuesday, Swift struck out six and Thompson added a home run.

At the Classic on Friday, losses came through 5A Broad Run and a team from Queens, New York. Saturday, the Indians beat 4A Monacan and Essex High. Zoie Swioft and Brantly Swift both went “yard” in the Monacan game.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 3/27/19

Jaylyn Thompson scores the winning run against

Fredericksburg Christian, turning a walk, stolen base,

and a fielding error into a run.