The Northumberland varsity baseball team is in new unchartered territory after taking the 1A Eastern Region championship this past week here in Heathsville. They have gone on to the Virginia High School League quarterfinals at Radford University previously on several occasions but this time they travel this week as semi finalists for the state championship 1A title.
This past week, by virtue of having the best record in the eastern region, they hosted the three games held during the playoffs.
On Monday, they came from behind to top Region 1A runner-up, Parry McCluer of Buena Vista, 6-5. On Wednesday, they stopped Surry County, 11-1 and on Friday in an almost replay of Monday’s contest, they took a 7-6 win over William Campbell. Northumberland Coach Johnny Mothershead stated the previous week the Parry McCluer was a “fundamentally sound ball club.”
Those words showed just how close the game was Monday between the two schools.
“It started off, back and forth for a little while,” he explained. Northumberland opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning.
Mathew Harris singled, Josh Hinson laid down a sac bunt with Harris being forced at second. Brandon Walker tripled to drive in a run. The Indians added a second run in the next inning on Carter Deihl’s first home run this year down the left field line. The Fighting Blues of Parry McCluer put two on the scoreboard in the top of the third on a combination of hits, errors and a couple of passed balls. The Indians responded with a run when Hinson walked, stole second, took third on a fly ball and scored on Brandon’s sacrifice fly. In the fourth, both teams threatened, but scored no runs. In the fifth, McCluer…
—See the full story in the June 11 edition of the Northumberland Echo!