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Drifters pick up crucial victories

With only four games left in the regular season, the Drifters are giving their division rivals a run for their money in the Northern Neck. On April 17 the Drifters pounded Northumberland, 10-3, and two days later they crushed Lancaster, 13-3. However, the Drifters lost an important district game last week to the Essex Trojans, 10-0.

Prior to the Essex game the Drifters had hoped to extend their 2-1-district status, but fell to the wrath of a seasoned veteran squad.

Essex results
Essex pitcher Reggie Johnson struck out eight, walked one, and allowed two hits before shutting out the visiting Drifters for six innings. Johnson was credited with making the defensive play of the game by beating Jason Vickery to the bag on a first inning ground ball that barely missed going into right

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Drifters return from Disney World baseball competition

It was a well-deserved rest for the Colonial Beach High School varsity baseball team. After returning from a relaxing trip to Disney World, in Orlando, FL, the Drifters are now focused on the potential of winning the Northern Neck District crown.

The Drifters entourage of 38 coaches, players and parents, along with four families, totaling 11 people, made the journey to the greatest amusement park on earth. The entire cast of Drifter supporters and players split time in three theme parks - Magic Kingdom, MGM, and EPCOT.  In addition, they also found time to relax in the swimming pools at the Caribbean Resort.

On the diamond, at the Wide World of Sports Complex, the Black & Gold ran into a brick wall. The Drifters lost to Springboro High School, from Springboro, OH

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CB Drifters leave for Disney World undefeated

The Drifters continue their hot streak with their sixth win in a row. The Drifters compiled 22 runs against opposing teams last week as they defeated Rappahannock (9-3), and King & Queen (13-2). After returning from Disney World baseball competition, they will begin Northern Neck District competition as they travel to face Washington & Lee on Wednesday, April 11. “Our lineup has been swinging the sticks aggressively,” Drifter head coach Steve Swope said. “We are building confidence along the way as a team, and we’re looking forward to our trip to Disney—and preparing for the district schedule approaching.”

CB 17 – JM 0
After establishing an early lead against the Yellow Jackets, the Drifters never looked back. The Black and Gold produced 17 runs on 14 hits, with eight players driving in a run, and scoring a run. Nick Graves was the winning pitcher, as he shut out the Yellow Jackets for three innings. He struck out eight, and gave up four

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CB Drifters begin 2012 season undefeated

On Monday afternoon, at Monroe Park, the Drifters (4-0) varsity baseball team crushed James Monroe 17-0 to continue their streak of wins. The Drifters blasted 14 hits against the double-A Battlefield District team. Jason Vickery, DezJohn Parker and Josh Thomas each produced multiple hits and a homerun. Kamron Smith contributed to the shutout with a three-run double.
On the mound, Nick Graves got the win, as he struck out eight batters during the course of three innings.

As the season unfolds, the Drifters have solidified youthfulness, hustle, fun, and fundamental baseball.

Excited with his team’s efforts, Drifter head coach Steve Swope said, “These guys show up everyday like it’s Christmas

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CB Drifters pound JM Yellow Jackets & Raiders

They came to play! Reminiscent of the Drifters of legend, the current team opened the regular season with a blast. After two victories over Battlefield rival James Monroe, and the Raiders of Rappahannock High School, the Drifters (2-0) are setting a course for a season filled with excitement.

With two solid mound outings by Gavin Lutz, and Nick Graves, the “Black & Gold” could arguably be the Cinderella team floating under radar in the Northern Neck.

Earlier in the preseason, thanks to strong pitching from Graves, Lutz, Kamron Smith, and Josh Thomas, the Drifters defeated Chancellor, giving them confidence going into the regular season.

CB 10 – JM 0
Opening day at Monroe Park presented favorable weather conditions for the visiting James Monroe Yellow Jackets, and the host Colonial Beach Drifters. The boys of summer, aka “Black & Gold” gave the fans their money’s worth, as they pummeled the Yellow Jackets for 10 runs in five innings.

Lutz went the distance, limiting James Monroe to one hit, while striking out seven, and walking one batter. “Gavin was masterful today with his command, and his ability to pound the strike zone consistently all day,” Swope said. “Our defense was superb, and the top of our line-up went 12 for 14, with eight runs batted in, and eight runs scored—not bad!.”

The Drifters produced five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Later in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Drifters added four more runs. However, in the bottom of the fifth, Graves plated a triple that scored Gonzalez to win the game, 10-0.

Stat wise, the Drifters had a banner day: Graves went 4-4, featuring a triple, double, two singles, four RBI’s; Smith drove in two runs, on three singles, and accounted for three runs scored; Dez’John Parker sliced a RBI single, and scored. “These three kids are going to have a lot to say about Drifter baseball folklore history before their careers run out,” Swope said.

Other Drifters that contributed at the plate included: lead off hitter Dion Gonzalez, two singles, one RBI, two stolen bases, three scored runs; left fielder and cleanup hitter Jason Vickory, two singles, one RBI, one stolen base, one run scored; Sidney Horton, hit-by-pitch, stole a base, one run scored.

CB 14 – Raiders 4
The Drifters offense exploded in Washington, VA. They feasted off of Raider pitching for 14 runs, while pounding out 18 hits. Six players accounted for multi-hit games. Four “Black & Gold” pitchers posted nine strikeouts, while walking nine batters.

Nick Graves had another solid mound outing with three innings of work, struck out four, allowed two runs (one earned), and one hit, before picking up the win. At the plate, Graves drove in two runs, on two singles, and scored one run.

Drifter relief pitching included: Kameron Smith also pitched an inning of relief, allowing one run; Josh Thomas pitching an inning, allowing one earned run.

Graves teammates accounted for the following offensive stats: Smith, four hits, two triples, one double, four RBI’s, four scored runs; Thomas, three hits (double, two singles); Gonzalez, two triples, two RBI’s, two runs scored; Vickery, two singles, one RBI; Travis Irvine, RBI double, two runs scored; Lutz, two singles, two runs scored; Horton, sacrifice bunt, RBI groundout, one run scored; Devin Davis, one RBI single; Devante Harris, one RBI single.

Heading in the week, the Drifters host King & Queen (March 20th, scores not available due to press deadlines), and travel to James Monroe on Thursday, March 22nd. On Saturday, March 24, they will travel to Frederick, MD, to play the Maryland School for the Deaf.

Leonard Banks

Sports Editor

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