After struggling early this season, the Northumberland Varsity Baseball Team got all the pieces together to win their second straight Wells Fargo Invitational Championship this past weekend at Dreamfields in Lancaster County.
“They were our first games with everybody back,” said Northumberland Coach Johnny Mothershead. ‘We were able to have the lineup we were looking to have.”
On April 4, Northumberland topped Mathews in the semifinals 6-4 before advancing to play King William on Saturday. The Indians began the scoring in the half of the third inning with Josh Hinson leading off with a single following by a Mathew Harris single.
Blake Walker singled driving in both Hinson and Harris. They added a lone run in the fifth.
But in the top sixth innings, Mathews got things going for themselves to take a 4-3 lead. Yet the Indians responded at the bottom of the inning with scores of their own.
Hinson walked, Harris singled and Brennon Saunders was safe a on a sacrifice bunt that loaded the bases. Hinson and Harris scored on a Blue Devils’ error and Saunders came home to score on a passed ball.
Walker opened on the mound for the Indians and went pitched for a little over five innings to end the day with five strikeouts. Zach Newman closed out the game for the win striking out four.
King William defeated Lancaster 9-1 to advance to the finals on Saturday after a close game through five innings.
Lancaster’s pitcher Colton Hayden held king William to two runs giving his team a shot to score in the bottom of the inning. But in the bottom of the inning, Lancaster missed their chance to tie game on a two out hit and runner getting thrown out at home.
King William went on to score four runs in the sixth on four walks, two hits and two errors.
In consolation game, Lancaster defeated Mathews 5-2 after the game was tied at two through four innings.
Rowell came in during the fifth inning and William Abbott hit a two run triple to score. Josh Moore and Colton Hayden reached on a walk and hit.
Kedrick Lee ended the day with two hits and three RBI’s; and Abbott went 3-3 with 2 RBI’s and two runs.
Moore got the win versus Mathews giving up two runs with four strikeouts.
In the finals, Matthew Harris opened up on the mound for the Indians issuing two walks to King William, but pitched himself out of the inning. In the bottom of the innings, Jack Jett scored on Brennan Saunders triple. Then it was Saunders turn to score after Brandon Walker’s single brought him home.
King William got their lone run in the fourth inning down 3-1 with Newman closing the game to record a save.
Northumberland scored a lone run in the sixth inning when Blake Walker was safe on a fielder’s choice and later scored on an error.
Harris had four strikeouts and Newman had two more.
“They [King William] put a lot of balls in play,” Mothershead said. “We looked good defensively and pitching wise. We got some timely hits when we needed them.”
Indian’ JV Team crowned champions
After losing their opening game this spring to King William, the JV baseball team from Northumberland has wiped out the opposition. Their latest two wins gave them the team title in last weekend’s tourney held at Lancaster.
The JVs opened their 2013 season with a 9-3 loss to King William. That seemed to set off a spark, since then they have topped West Point, 12-2 in a five run game. Blew away Nandua in two shortened games of a double header, 15-3 and 25-0.
This past week on Thursday, a game played early to escape Friday’s rain, they beat Lancaster, 14-5, in the first game of the JV Tournament. King William also won 17-8 over Washington & Lee.
Zach Kent opened on the mound for the young Indians, Brian Harris came on in relief.
That set up Saturday’s show down against the only team to beat them this year. That wasn’t going to happen again to the boys from Northumberland. Carter Deihl was on the mound and thanks to “a nasty curve ball,” he struck out 10.
“The best pitching I’ve seen on the JV level,” said Coach Chip Hempsher. The Indians won the championship, 8-3. Trevor Cantrell aiding on the JV the cause with a triple. The defense was led by the play of Zach Kent.
This year’s team is coached by Zach Kues and Hempsher. Sophomores on this year’s team are Carter Deihl, Jake Hayes, Austin Kent and Nathan Kiss. Freshmen are Trevor Cantrell, Daniel Deitz, Keith Fisher, Zach Kent and Josh Long. From the eighth grade comes Thomas Bingham, Brian Harris, Jason Smith and Tony Tsanchtere. Washington & Lee defeated Lancaster in the consolation game 22-10.
Lady Devils fall in Wells Fargo Tourney
The Lancaster Varsity Softball Team will face the defending regular season district champion Rappahannock Raiders after dropping two games during spring break.
On April 6, Lancaster fell to Grafton 15-2 and Mathews 6-0 during the Wells Fargo Invitational at Dreamfields.
In the 15-2 loss, Paige Pittman, Brittany Jones, Arkasia Sutton and Katherin Keyser were all 1-3 from the plate. Pittman recorded two RBI’s and Jones scored a run.
From the mound, Casey Clarke pitched four innings allowed eight hits, five runs while striking out two. Brooke Hundall followed pitching three innings, allowing seven hits, 10 runs while striking out one.
In the 6-0 shut out, Sutton hit a double going 1-2 for the day followed by Jones going 1-3. At the mound, Hudnall pitched for four innings allowing five hits, five runs, one walk while striking out five. Clarke allowed five hits and one run while striking out one after three innings.
The Lady Devils fell to 2-6 overall.