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Monroe Park, in Colonial Beach was humming with pride, as the Drifters varsity baseball team opened the Northern District baseball season with a 6-5 victory over Washington & Lee. In front of a packed stadium, the Drifters rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5. Later in the bottom of
the eighth inning, they won it on a walk-off single RBI. Afterwards, it was sheer pandemonium, as the Drifter faithful cheered for their beloved “Black & Gold.”
In the second game last week, Colonial Beach was defeated by Rappahannock County, at home to manage a split in the season series.
“Of all the games I’ve coached here, this W&L win was one of the best fan-friendly wins I can recall,” Drifter head coach Steve Swope said. “You could see the joy in everyone’s eyes and their emotions poured freely.”
CB 6 – W&L 5
It started with the county rivals takings leads in the first, fifth, and sixth innings—but the Drifters managed to tie the Eagles each time. Possibly the most challenging situation, was when the Drifters were trailing by two runs in the final inning. Fate was on the side of the Black & Gold, as they rallied to tie the game, and had the fortitude to win it in the extra frame.
Kamron Smith reached base five times on three base-on-balls, while acquiring two hits (single, homerun). Smith produced the tying run in the third inning with a right-center field solo shot homerun. He also scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh. In addition, he continued in the role of hero in the bottom of the eighth inning with a screaming shot down the third base line for a game winning walk-off single.
Smith picked up this third mound win of the season, as he pitched the final two innings to shut out the Eagles.
Drifter stats included: Nick Graves (sophomore pitcher), pitched four innings against Carrington Balderson. Graves gave up two earned runs, on three hits, while striking out seven. He also hit two singles, and drove in one run.
Sidney Horton (senior, second baseman) added a single, walk, scored a run. Devin Davis reached base three times, played solid defense, and scored a run. Gavin Lutz, and Dez’John Parker each contributed singles. Josh Thomas walked and scored the game-winning run.
Rappahannock 9 – CB 4
Avenging their earlier 3-2 loss to the Drifters, Rappahannock County outplayed Colonial Beach, to take a 9-4 win back home.
The Drifters scored two runs in the first, but did not score again until they scored two more in the seventh.
Drifter stats included: Josh Thomas (senior pitcher), threw three solid innings, giving up three runs on two hits, and striking out four. He absorbed the loss, but contributed two singles at the plate.
Carlos Bermudez (junior first baseman), drove in one run with a double, and later added a single. Nick Graves banged in a run with a double, and added a single, and scored two runs. Gavin Lutz chipped in two singles, and Kamron Smith scored a run.
The Drifters are now 1-0 in the Northern Neck District, and 8-2 overall. The Drifters will host Lancaster on Thursday, April 18, before traveling to West Point on Friday, April 19 in a non-district contest.