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Drifters open the season, 2-0

Carey throws no-hitter
Swope out-duels Foxes

 

Last week, the temperatures may have been chilly, but the Drifters varsity baseball team is hotter than ever. After posting two victories over non-District rivals, Lancaster and King George, the small independent high school along the coastal plains of the Potomac River has the potential to be on the road to a Tidewater District championship.
Shifting gears in the face of a short practice week, and the grueling transition from basketball to baseball for seven of the current members of the team has been rough.
However, the Drifter varsity baseball head coach Steve Swope and his staff of Randy Jones and Jonathan Parker prepared the team with five days of solid baseball fundamentals.
CB 7 – Lancaster 0
Whether it’s football, basketball or baseball, Drifter pitcher, TT Carey is the real deal—and then some. Likened to the man of steel, a.k.a. Superman, the All-State basketball player of the year jumped in a telephone booth and put on a pitching performance that will be talked about at Monroe for years to come.
The six-foot four right-hander took the little white pill on opening day and threw a no-hitter for seven complete innings that resulted in 13 strikeouts, and only one walk against a tough Lancaster team. “TT ceases to amaze me in whatever he chooses to take on,” coach Swope said. “Needless to say, he is a very special supernatural athlete.”
Using an above average fastball, complimented with a buckling nasty curveball, Carey handcuffed the Red Devils with 94 pitches.
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At bat, Carey was vicious, as he reached base four times as a clean-up hitter, singling, walking three times and scoring two runs. Senior Chad Inscoe banged out a double, walked twice, drove in a run and scored two more. Sophomore, third baseman Mikey Phillips produced a two-run single in the third inning to give the Drifters a 4-0 lead. Senior, catcher Nick Peterson walked two times, stole a base and scored two runs from the leadoff position. Kevin “K-Dog” Swope and Will Trivett each added singles to the Drifter offensive cause.
CB 6 – KG 4
In a pitcher’s duel against Ethan Slemp of King George, Kevin Swope came out on top after pitching a seven inning complete game—earned the hard way. He struck out nine, allowed one earned run on seven hits and five bases on balls. In a losing effort, Slemp battled the Drifters for six innings, giving up eight hits, striking out five and giving up one walk.
Swope brought the partisan Drifter crowd to their feet in the bottom of the first inning with a two run homer, hit over the center field fence.  He finished the game with two hits, three RBI’s and one run scored.
Drifter stats
Nick Peterson scored ahead on the homer in the first inning after opening the game with a line drive single. He reached base again, stole a base and scored a total of two runs. Chad Inscoe drove in a run and scored a run on a sacrifice fly from Mikey Phillips. Jamel Dickerson and Will Trivett each contributed singles and a run scored. TT Carey rounded out the Drifter offensive assault with another single.
First baseman Gary Inscoe and third baseman Mikey Phillips combined to turn in two defensive highlight gems to stop the Foxes rally late in the game.
King George stats: Theo Klopsis – 1-4, walk, RBI; Kyle Neer – 0-4; Chris Bell – 4-4, triple and three hits, two stolen bases; Ethan Slemp – 0-3; Jared Vann – 0-1; Mat Giles – 1-4, run; Brad Stallings – 1-4, RBI, walk, run; Tony Heard – 0-2, walk, 2 steals; Colin Blake – 0-3, walk; Brian Brown – 0-3.
The Drifters played a rain-shortened game versus Essex on Friday, that will be rescheduled later.
The Drifters are now 2-0 overall and will play Essex at Monroe Park this Thursday, April 2nd, starting at 5:00 p.m. On the following day, they will travel to King George, April 3rd in rematch against the Foxes, at 6:00 p.m.

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