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Drifters win the Tidewater

 

Never count them out! In the face of a win or wait until next year scenario, the Drifters ripped another page out of area baseball history by winning their 5th District championship in a row. Victories over Middlesex in the semi-finals and King William in the final lifted the number three seeded Drifters to yet another banner on the Drifterdome wall. Both games were won in Deltaville, in the stadium that houses the semi-pro team, the Deltas.

After starting three weeks late, due to the basketball team winning the coveted state championship, seven basketball players joined seven other baseball players to comprise this year’s winning combination. Some of the obstacles the Drifters were faced with included: catching up to the teams who started on time; inclement rainy weather that caused the Drifters to play five of their eight District games in one week; adjusting their pitching staff to accommodate the onslaught of games at the end.

In spite of the difficulties that confronted them, Drifter varsity baseball head coach Steve Swope was confident that his players would not let him down. “Give TT Carey and Kevin Swope tons of credit for logging the bulk of the innings during this tough stretch,” coach Swope said. “The team kept getting better and we just got hot at the right time to win this thing.”

The win now propels the Drifters into Region-A post-season play, beginning this week. Results of the first round of Regional play were not available due to press deadlines. The Drifters faced the Raiders of Rappahannock High School on Tuesday.

Tournament – semi-final
CB 4 – Middlesex 3
The miracle in Deltaville occurred in the 7th inning when the Beach rallied from a 3-1 deficit to punch across three runs and overtake the Chargers in front of their disappointed fans. Total shock enveloped the Charger stadium, as the top seeded team in the Tidewater District season suddenly abruptly ended in their scoreless bottom of the 7th inning.

Drifter hero, Jamel Dickerson kept his teammates' careers alive when he smacked a bases clearing double off the center-field wall with two outs and his team trailing by one run.
Winning pitcher TT Carey blew the Chargers away in the final frame, prompting the Drifters to advance into Regional play. Carey struck out five, allowed two earned runs on seven hits and made a great defensive play to preserve his victory.

Will Trivett and Nick Peterson started the rally in the top of the seventh, as both players came around to score. Both Trivett and Peterson respectively doubled and scored a run.
Kevin K-Dog Swope doubled in one run and scored another. Slugger Chad Inscoe doubled, singled and drove in one run, while Alex Gorfida singled and batted in one run.

Tournament – Championship
CB 11 – King William 6
The “Black & Gold” of Colonial Beach got off the bus swinging and left the park swinging after they knocked three King William pitchers around for 11 runs on 10 hits. The Beach scored two runs in the first inning, banged home five more in the second—and finished the Cavaliers with three more in the forth inning.

Kevin Swope pitched seven innings, seven-strikeout dominating complete game victory. K-Dog stroked three hits at the dish and scored two runs to aide his cause offensively.
TT Carey delivered the big blow in this game, with a titanic three run homerun into the woods to give the Drifters the lead for good in the second inning. Carey also walked, scored another run and made a web-gem defensive play by spearing a line drive to end a threat.
Senior, outfielder Ken Devers was solid on defense with a couple of catches. He also singled twice and scored two runs. Chad Inscoe doubled in a run and scored a run. Alex Gorfida singled, walked twice an scored two runs. Nick Peterson and Jamel Dickerson each singled and scored.

As the heartland for championships continues to add hardware to Drifter trophy showcase, the Drifter boys’ sports teams are six for six in two years in the Tidewater District. After sweeping football, basketball and baseball championships, they leave the District with ultimate closure.

Next season, the Drifters will embark on journey through the Northern Neck District.
 

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