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Colonial Beach bombed out in Region A tournament


The Drifters varsity baseball dream season has come to an end. After riding high in the post season, the Tidewater-A tournament champions Drifters lost in the first round of the Region-A tournament to a hard-hitting Rappahannock Raiders team.  Drifter head coach Steve Swope said, “This has been fun to watch a club get hot at the end of the year like we did, come out of no where to earn our Region birth and extend our seniors’ careers.”

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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.
 

Drifters win three out of five

The grueling five-game week finally paid off for the Drifters. On Friday afternoon, Kevin “K-Dog” Swope got his fifth win of the season over visiting Tidewater District rival Mathews. The Drifters finish the regular season in third place.
The rainy spring weather forced the Drifters to play five of their eight total District games in a five day period of time.

Drifter head coach, Steve Swope praised his players for a hard fought battle all week. "We had to rely on our two horses at the top of our rotation to eat most of those innings," Swope said. "The job Kevin Swope and TT Carey did was simply amazing, and their will to compete was in every game."
After trailing 1-0 for three innings, the Drifters rallied back in the bottom of the third inning with four runs. Swope also added three hits, three RBI’s, which included a homerun. In addition, Chad Inscoe had a stellar performance with three hits that included a homerun to give the Drifters a 10-¡6 victory over Mathews.

The Drifters finish the regular season with a record of 9-8 overall, and 4-4 in District competition. Results of the quarterfinal District game versus Middlesex on Tuesday were not available due to press deadlines.

Drifters 6 - Pointers 4

TT Carey’s game winning RBI triple in the 7th inning over District foe West Point proved to be winning recipe for success last Wednesday. The Drifters defeated the Pointers 6-4.

Carey also scored twice against the host Pointers. On the mound, Carey and teammate Kevin Swope proved that good pitching can beat good hitting any day. With Swope pitching in relief and Carey starting, the Pointers offense was limited.

Alex Gorfida led the team in hitting as he produced four RBI’s, while Swope score once and banged out two RBI’s. Chad Inscoe also had two RBI’s, which featured a double and a single.
Mathews 10 - Drifters 0

The Drifters lost to the Blue Devils in five innings. Only four Drifters hit safely in this outing: Nick Peterson, TT Carey, Jamel Dickerson, Joe Slater.
Drifters 4 - Cavaliers 1
Cavaliers 4 - Drifters 1

The Drifters split victories with King William, with the Beach winning the first game 4-1 and the Cavaliers winning the second game, 4-1. Nick Peterson and Chad Incoe provided the run scoring hits in the first game, while Kevin Swope’s two hits and one RBI were not enough to power the Drifters past King William in the second game.

 

History in the making

Drifters receive Championship Rings

Memories of the greatest season in Drifter history were celebrated at a landmark located off the beaten path in the town known for Champions.
On Saturday night, at the Riverboat on the Potomac restaurant, in Colonial Beach, the 2008-2009 varsity Drifters boys’ basketball team took their final bows to an historic season. In front of a packed venue, the team received their State Championship rings. Over 300 loyal Drifters fans celebrated the historic event.
Held in the upstairs banquet room, overlooking the Potomac, the ring banquet was sponsored by the town’s chamber of commerce. Drifter fans were treated with a meet the players and coaches social hour with hor d’oeuvres and sodas. Fans also had an opportunity to enter a 50-50 raffle where they could win autographed Drifter basketballs. Also, Drifter legend TT Carey’s basketball jersey was auctioned off, while over 150 pieces of Drifter memorabilia and merchandise, including T-shirts and sweatshirts were sold.
Master of ceremonies, Ken Chatham presided over the spectacular event. Other dignitaries that were present included: Colonial Beach High School School Board Chairman Tim Trivett; Colonial Beach High School Athletic Director Jeremy Jack. The guest speaker for the evening was YMCA CEO Barney Reilly. Reilly electrified the audience with a captivating speech, while Drifter boys’ varsity basketball Head Coach Steve Swope recapped the championship season highlights—and presented his basketball team with rings.
Ring recipients included: Colonial Beach Elementary School Principal Kevin Newman; former Drifter Athletic Director Wayne Kennedy; Scorekeepers – Joyce Robey, Lauren Wilson; Statisticians – Josh Thomas, Kamron Smith; Managers – Jarrod Flores, Billy Sanford, Kurt Smith; Coaches – Casey Johnson, Randy Jones, Jonathan Parker; Players – Alex Gorfida, Joe Slater, Paul Roberson, Ken Devers, Jeryl Dickerson, Thomas Peery, Jamel Dickerson, Kevin Swope, Dylan Farinet, Tristan “TT” Carey; Head Coach – Steve Swope.
The Drifter basketball program would like to thank the dedicated volunteers who helped make the event a huge success. In addition, the program is forever thankful to Mr. Carey Geddes an Mrs. Penny Flanagan, and her Riverboat staff for all of their diligent and generous contributions that made the event a night to remember. Continue to support all Drifter teams!

Drifters rally past Trojans

K-Dog lifts team with banner performance

   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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