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Colonial Beach Drifters end skid, defeat Yellow Jackets

 

After defeating James Monroe for a seasonal series sweep 8-3, the Drifters varsity baseball team has ended a six-game skid. However, the Drifters dropped two district games to Washington & Lee and a tough road game against Lancaster.

Patient and optimistic, Drifter baseball varsity head coach Steve Swope said, “The Drifters young team is still making strides with each time out, but can’t seem to raise their level of play against very talented and experienced foes in their district.”

 

With four games left in the season, the Drifters have shown progress in all aspects of their game.

“We are making progress as the season moves on,” Swope said. “The loss to our rival W&L was one major setback in terms of how we performed. We showed resiliency the next day with a huge rally win over James Monroe, and we competed our tails off down at Lancaster in a tough six-run loss.”

W&L 13 – CB 0
The rival match-up of the two teams in Westmoreland County never really materialized after the Drifters laid an egg with their performance. In front of a crowded audience at Monroe Park the Eagles shutout the Drifters, 13-0. Jason Vickery managed the only hit for Colonial Beach, as the Drifter bats were quelled by Eagle pitcher Jerome Saunders’ solid pitching performance.

David Allison pitched two shutout innings in relief as the only Drifter highlight.

CB 8 – JM 3
After falling behind in the top of the first inning, the Drifters responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, courtesy of crafty base running by leadoff batter Michael Jackson, and a two out single RBI by Jason Vickery.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Yellow Jackets tied the game 2-2 on a single by Travis Writl. Undaunted, at the bottom of the fourth inning, the Drifters responded with a double by Josh Thomas that scored Alex Gorfida to regain the lead, 3-2.

In following inning, the Yellow Jackets tied the game at 3-3, on an infield hit by Josh Muench. Later in the bottom of the fifth inning, starting Drifter pitcher Dion Gonzalez slammed a RBI double into centerfield, giving the Beach the lead for good.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the floodgates broke open, as the Drifter offense flooded the field with RBI singles by Devin Davis and Dion Gonzalez that resulted in four runs and a 8-3 final score.

Drifter stats: Gavin Lutz, pitched three scoreless innings, in a mound victory that allowed one hit and no walks. Offensively, Lutz provided one hit, one walk.

Dion Gonzalez (starting pitcher, no decision) provided six strikeouts. At the plate, Gonzalez doubled, singled and drove in three runs.
Josh Thomas had two doubles, an RBI and scored.

Michael Jackson singled, walked, stole two bases and scored two runs.

Devin Davis produced a two-run single and two scores.

Jason Vickery had a single, RBI, stolen base, two web gem defensive play that involved throwing a runner out, and a running catch.
Alex Gorfida walked, hit by pitch to advance to base and had two scores.

Travis Irvine made a sacrifice bunt and scored a run.

Lancaster 17 – CB 11
The battle at Dream Fields in Lancaster can be best described as a slugfest. The Drifters stood toe to toe with the Red Devils offensively for the majority of the game. The Drifters parlayed 10 walks and five Red Devil errors into their largest run scoring output of the season versus Northern Neck squads.

Senior pitcher Alex Gorfida did the most damage with the bat, with three hits, including a double to knock in two runs, and score two more.

Drifter stats:  Dion Gonzalez, walked, RBI, two runs scored; Gavin Lutz, singled, hit-by-pitch, scored a run; Michael Jackson, reached base four time on two walks, a single, hit-by-pitch, scored two runs, stole two bases; Jason Vickery, RBI, scored; Travis Irvine, three walks, scored two runs.

The Drifters are now 8-6 overall, and 0-7 in the Northern Neck District. The Drifters will play two games this week, hosting Northumberland, and traveling to Rappahannock on Thursday, May 12. Game time is 5 p.m.

Tuesday’s Northumberland game results were not available due to press deadlines.

Leonard Banks
Sports Editor

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