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Drifters rally past Trojans

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   The Drifters varsity baseball team continues to ride the wave of success. Most recently, the Essex Trojans took the long bus ride back home after a 9-8 defeat by the Beach. The Drifters worked a little Monroe Park magic late in the game to pull off an exciting win. A combination of timely hitting to overcome five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and a stellar performance by senior, pitcher, Kevin “K-Dog” Swope helped the Drifters prevail over their rivals from Tappahannock.
   Kevin Swope produced the best game of his four-year career. The hard throwing right-hander completed a seven-inning game for the ages. Although he gave up two earned runs allowed, on three hits, he fought back with a 12 strikeouts performance on the mound. Throughout the game, he produced a number of key strikeouts to escape potential Trojan scoring situations. In the last inning, he struck out two batters, using a 80-mph fastball.
   After the Drifters fell behind, 5-0 in the third inning, K-Dog woke up the whole Drifter dugout with a three-run homerun blast to dead centerfield. Later, K-Dog revisited his slugging ways, by hammering a two-run double that nearly left the yard in the left-centerfield.
   Senior, catcher, Nick Peterson was instrumental in the win with two line drive doubles to centerfield that drove in one run, while he scored two more himself. Defensively, Peterson Was sharp behind the dish, as he threw out a would-be-base-stealer at second base.
   Senior, second baseman Will Trivett came up big with a couple of hard hit singles. He also scored a run on each hit. Trivett’s teammate, Chad Inscoe created some heroics at bat, by hammering a single and scoring a run in the sixth inning.
   Multi-sport start, senior, shortstop TT Carey ripped a single, smacked a long sacrifice fly that plated the game winning run. He also contributed defensively by making several key plays to prevent the Trojans from scoring.
   Joe Slater and Alex Gorfida produced important at-bats in the five run sixth inning by working a walk, producing a single respectively and eventually scoring.
   Elated with his team’s three game performances, Drifter varsity baseball coach Steve Swope said. “These five core seniors are the key to our success this year—and boy, did all five of them come up big in this one. Once again, we come away with the win as we continue to get this team ready for the District schedule.”
   The game featuring King George was postponed, and has been rescheduled for May 4.
The Drifters are preparing for their fourth consecutive trip to Florida to play games at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. The Beach will load up and fly down as a team on Monday, April 13, and return on Friday, April 17.
   They will play Northridge Prep from Illinois and Summit Country Day from Ohio, while in the sunshine state. The Drifters will also take in some sun and fun at the Caribbean Resort where they are staying and will visit three different theme parks while down there.
   Next week, the 3-0 Drifters will play at James Monroe on Monday, April 6, before taking on Middlesex at home in the District opener on Tuesday, April 7. They will play Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, April 9 at home with all games starting at 5:00 p.m. The game featuring Blessed Sacrament is a fill for the loss of two games versus King & Queen, who will not field a team this season. Follow the Drifters as the season unfolds.

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