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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

CBHS Drifter varsity softball 2012 preview

 

The 2012 spring softball sports season is officially underway. With a veteran lineup of talented fielders and sluggers, the new and improved Colonial Beach High School varsity Lady Drifters are prepared to shake up the Northern Neck District. Last season, the Drifters finished at the bottom of their division; however, with sophomores Taylor Lee and McKenzie Conway added to the pitching rotation, the potential for shutting down opposing offenses could arguably result in victories.

Other players who have the right stuff to contribute include: Caneishia Fulcher, Joemeishia Fulcher, Erica Wilford, Kristina Smallwood, Billie Gould, Carley Graves, Madison Gorfida, and Angela Rose.

Although the Drifters lost only one athlete to graduation, Danielle Gallaway, she will be missed on the base paths and at the plate.

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CBHS Drifter varsity baseball 2012 preview

Spring is eternal and optimism is high in the Drifter varsity baseball camp. The Colonial Beach Drifter’s varsity baseball team is back on the diamond, as the winds associated with the month of March begin their familiar sound.

With 468 wins under his belt, the thirst for winning continues to motivate Drifter head coach Steve Swope. Now in his 33rd year, at the helm of the Drifter ship, has patiently witnessed 42 aspiring student-athletes tryout for a spot in the Drifter program (middle school, junior varsity, varsity).

The varsity Drifter baseball team has nine players returning, with two years of varsity experience. Swope has added three

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