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CB Drifters sweep MSFD in home opener

On Saturday at Monroe Park in Colonial Beach, the varsity Drifters baseball team opened the season with a doubleheader sweep over the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSFD). The Drifters capitalized on MSFD pitching, by focusing on producing runs and playing solid defense.

Drifter head coach Steve Swope spoke highly of his team’s efforts.

“We did the little things today by throwing strikes, staying fundamentally sound on defense, and producing a couple

of timely hits,” Swope said. “It was a fun day at the ballpark for the ‘Black & Gold.’”

CB 5 – MSFD 4
Starting Drifter pitcher Alex Gorfida pitched four strong innings, as he allowed three earned runs on five hits, struck out eight, and walked five batters to pick up his win of the season. Gorfida also contributed two singles and an RBI at the plate to help his cause.

After MSFD rallied by scoring three runs and threatened to go ahead with two runners in scoring position, Drifter relief pitcher Gavin Lutz came in the game in the fifth inning to put out the fire. Lutz recorded two strikeouts, while recording his first save of the season against the team from Frederick, Maryland.

Drifter offense
In the first inning, centerfielder and multi-sport athlete Michael Jackson sparked the Drifters with a leadoff single, and eventually scored the game’s first run on a one-out single from Gorfida. Jackson also singled in what turned out to be the game’s winning run from leftfielder Jason Vickery, with two outs in the fourth inning.

Vickery scored two runs, courtesy of hitting a single and reaching base on an error. In addition, Travis Irvine rounded out the Drifters’ offense with a single and a run scored in the second inning.

CB 3 – MSFD 0
Josh Thomas made the most of his 2011 mound debut, by going three and two thirds innings, giving up one earned run on three hits, while striking out six. Throughout the afternoon, Thomas was sharp as he stayed ahead of hitters by throwing strikes all day.

In the fourth inning, Gavin Lutz came in for relief to get the Drifters out of a jam. With two runners threatening to score, in a two-out situation, Lutz had to make every pitch count. Not only did he rescue the Drifters out of the fourth inning jam, but he closed out the fifth inning by striking out one batter and receiving support from the Drifters defense. On a relay throw from Devin Davis to David Allison to Travis Irvine, a MSFS runner was thrown out at third base to end the game.

Alex Gorfida led the Drifter offense with two hits, including an RBI and scoring one run. Michael Jackson doubled in the third inning before coming around to score on a sharp single by Dion Gonzalez.

Devin Davis made the highlight film with a running catch in the final inning to preserve the Drifter win.

Results of the Grace Brethren game on Tuesday, March 22, were not available due to press deadlines. The Drifters will close out the week with home games against James Monroe on Thursday, March 24, and Rappahannock County on Friday, March 25, at Monroe Park. All home games will be starting at 5 p.m.

Leonard Banks
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