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Now that the spring sports season is here, the appeal of America’s favorite pastime has already fueled the interest of fans. Although the Foxes have lost games, the desire to finish on top after a 20-game season is ever present. The Foxes hope to surpass last season’s 8-6, 12-8 record with a group of veteran and new varsity players.
The Foxes’ 2010 success brought back memories of the 2005 season when they recorded 12 victories, while featuring the Battlefield MVP. During the following season, the Foxes featured a 9-12 season, and a pitcher that
nearly broke the state strikeout record with 145.
Entering his second year as the Foxes head coach, Thad Reviello is confident that last year’s success will inspire his current team to compete on a higher level.
“The key to our success last year was dedication,” Reviello said. “The fact that we worked really hard is the biggest thing that translated into wins, and hanging on during close games. The hard work paid off early, and we began getting some confidence and rolled from there.”
Peering into the returning players, Fox juniors Damion Carroll and Lex Estes will see a lot of duty on the mound, while a select few will be added into the pitching rotation as the season unfolds. Tyler Trustlow will support the pitching staff from his catcher’s position. Trustlow has proven arm strength to throw runners out and the added ability to save errant pitches.
Whether it’s at the plate, in the field or on the base paths, the entire line-up will have to step up, if they intend to compete with the likes of 2010 regular season and tournament champion Courtland. Out of the eight-team Battlefield District, arguably, there may not be a weak link featured on the Foxes’ schedule. The every man for himself rule could apply to every team.
“We have some guys that have talent, who have the skills to do the job, but haven’t had to do the job yet,” Reviello said. “We have to find out if they can step up and get it done. I definitely believe that all the possibilities are there.”
W&L 3, Kghs 2
During the Foxes’ home opener and first game of the season, the visiting Washington & Lee managed to pull an upset over host King George. After trailing the Foxes for four innings, the Eagles rallied back to tie the Foxes 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning, before winning the game in the ninth inning on a wild pitch that scored Josh Fones.
The Foxes had several opportunities thwarted by a strong Eagle defensive effort. In the first inning after scoring two runs, their lead runner was tagged out in a run down. Later, in the bottom of the fourth inning with no outs and runners on second and third, Eagle Dylan Clark pitched his way out of the inning without giving up a run. In the ninth inning with two outs and the bases loaded, Josh Fones managed to pitch his way out of the inning with a strike on the outside corner of the plate.
Fox ace Damian Carroll recorded 11 strikeouts and gave up two hits in his 2011 pitching debut.
As for the Eagles, after giving up two runs in the first inning, the momentum shifted toward their team in the top of the sixth inning. After Travis Seager’s RBI single scored D.A. Wilson, they scored the tying run on an error. With the game tied at 2-2 in the ninth inning, Josh Fones aggressively stole third base after advancing to second base on a throwing error. Fones would eventually score the winning run on a pass ball.
Riverbend 11, KGHS 1
On Saturday, during the Riverbend Bears’ home opener, the Foxes were soundly defeated 11-1 in five innings. Nathaniel Traugh recorded five RBIs, including a grand slam home run to contribute to the Bears’ victory.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Bears capitalized on scoring three runners after loading the bases to take a 3-0 lead going into the second inning.
The Foxes defense made a solid stance against the Bears in the second inning after stranding two base runners and tagging out the lead runner at the plate
In the third inning, Damion Carroll attempted to resurrect the Foxes offense with a triple into left field. He would later score on a RBI ground ball by Matthew Hunt.
After picking up a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning, the Bears picked up two additional scores from RBI singles contributed by Kory Pfeiffer and Derek Gallello to increase their lead to 1-6. Later in the inning, Traugh crushed a grand slam home run to extend the Bear lead to 1-10. In the following inning the Bears would score their 11th run of the game on an RBI single to record their second win of the season.
During the following game against Greenbrier Christian Academy, the Foxes fought hard in the latter stages to keep the game close at 8-6, but the Gators lashed out hits in the sixth inning to take a 12-6 victory.
The Foxes will host Chancellor at 6 p.m. on Friday for their first district game of the season.