Winning the Region 1A East Championship gave the Northumberland Indian baseball team an automatic berth in the Virginia High School League 1A state championships. It also gave the Indians a quarterfinal game at home. Coach Johnny Mothershead and his staff worked long and hard to get the field ready after all the rain that had fallen but by Wednesday it was ready to entertain Region 1B runner-up Central High of Lunenburg. The Indians won that game 7-0 advancing to the state semi-finals at Radford University where they lost 7-1 to the eventual state champion Riverheads. The trip marked the fourth for Coach Mothershead in ten seasons as the Indians coach, one of which resulted in a state championship in 2016.
Central High of Lunenburg came to town Wednesday after losing to Riverheads 1-0 in the Region 1B final the previous week with a highly touted pitcher. He lasted less than two innings as the Indians wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the first, Collin Saunders led off with a walk, moving to second on a passed ball. With two outs, Blake Edwards laced a line drive to score Saunders, moving to second on the play. Lucas Smith singled to drive in Edwards and Tyler Deitz also singled to score Smith. The Indians loaded the bases but didn’t score again.
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