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The future of Drifter baseball has arrived

The boys of spring have arrived. Colonial Beach Middle School head coach Bill Wilson has the daunting task of molding the future of Drifter baseball. In less than a month and a half, Wilson’s 15-player roster will play seven games in the Northern Neck. Wilson, native of Glade Springs, Va., teaches special education at Colonial Beach High School.
A testament to the interest shown for boys’ middle school baseball is the 19 kids who tried out for the team. Given the low numbers associated with the cancellation of the Drifter junior varsity season, baseball has a promising future in Colonial Beach. In light of the even mix of players: four eighth graders, four sixth graders, seven seventh graders, the potential for a junior varsity team in 2011 are hopeful.

The interesting intangible that has always been associated with Drifter success is the close family ties that bind kids together from parks and recreation sports to varsity sports.
The Drifters will rely heavily on their starting pitcher, Nick Graves. Although Graves has a powerful arm, Wilson wants to save his ace pitcher’s arm for future games.
“I want to limit Nick’s arm to five innings and allow my relief pitchers to step in,” Wilson said.
Backup pitchers for the Drifters are Terrin Dickerson, Kamron Smith and Calvin Inscoe.
With the minor exception of right field, the following field positions have been accounted for: Dez’ Jon Park, catcher; Darin Jones, first base; Kamron Smith, second base; Terrin Dickerson, short-stop; Christian Tinsely, third base; Carter Foster, left field; Brandon Buzby, center field; Nick Graves, pitcher.
Most recently, the young Drifters benefited from two scrimmage victories at the Lancaster Preseason Tournament. The Drifters overcame mental mistakes to defeat Montross 5-4. Dez’ Jon Parker provided most of the offense as he blasted a three-run homerun to give the Drifters the added offensive cushion for the win.
In second game of the tournament, the Drifters opened the door for the Lancaster Red Devils to rally after being tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Drifters overcame shift in momentum to score three runs in the top of the fifth and defeat the Red Devils, 7-4.
This season, for the first time in years, the Drifters will use the varsity portion of Monroe Park to play their games. The Drifters will travel to play Montross Friday, March 29 —game time is 4:30 p.m. On the following week, the Drifters will play at home against Lancaster — game time is 4:30 p.m.

Leonard M. Banks
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