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Kids have a blast at annual Drifter baseball camp

The 16th Annual Drifter Baseball Camp was a huge success at Monroe Park last week, with 88 campers enjoying the grand ole game.  It was a smash hit as the youngsters’ enthusiasm rang out each day with a full week of fun on the fields.
Up and coming Drifter ball players were treated to a week of fun, games, trophies, camp T-shirts, evaluation cards, daily contests and solid fundamentals of America’s pastime.  Five different fields were used at spacious Monroe Park to keep four T-ball/Minor League teams and six Little League/Senior League teams rolling each day.   Campers rotated through 12 stations daily during the week.  Drifter Varsity and JV baseball and softball players helped coach – relaying valuable tips to campers on hitting, pitching, base running and defensive and offensive skills.

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Steve Swope returns to coach Colonial Beach varsity baseball

His heart is forever embedded in Drifter lore.
It’s official! Legendary Colonial Beach High School sports icon Steve Swope has ended his one-year sabbatical and returned as head coach of the varsity baseball program. Fans, coaches and players alike were unsure whether they had seen the last of Swope after he led the Drifter boys’ basketball team to the school’s first state Group-A, Division 1, State Basektball Championship at the Siegel center, over a year ago.
“I had a complete year to think about it,” coach Swope said. “My wife and I decided as long as I continued to teach, I might as well come back in the capacity of head coach again.”
Coach Swope has decided that he will not return as the Drifters basketball coach, making his final curtain call as a state champion, an image that will forever remain in the hearts of the Colonial Beach community.
“Basketball was the greatest ending I could have ever dreamed of, and it was the opportunity for the team and I in my 30th year to win it all, and to go out on top.”

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CBMS baseball rules the Northern Neck District

They were simply the best middle school baseball team in the Northern Neck District.
Although the playoffs at Lancaster Dreams Fields in Kilmarnock were canceled due to rain, the Virginia High School League has officially named the 2010 Colonial Beach Middle School baseball team as the Northern Neck District champions.
This unprecedented feat was the first time in school history that a Drifter middle school baseball team  has captured the Northern Neck District championship.
Their undefeated 7-0 season will soon become a banner on the Drifterdome wall of champions.
Throughout the season, the Drifters dominated every team that crossed their path. In fact, Drifter starting pitching ace Nick Graves began the season with a no-hitter that featured 10 strikeouts.

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Essex Trojans over CB Lady Drifters

 

Winning in the fast pitch softball lane has been rough for the Lady Drifters lately. After a tough 12-0 shutout District loss to Essex (7-4-1), a 5-0 loss to Northumberland, and 20-0 loss to cross-town rival King George, the latter stages of the season seems to have worn on the now 4-4 Drifters. With a home game against Northern Neck Division-leading Lancaster coming up on Thursday, May 6, the competition will not get any easier.
The deciding factor in the game was pitching. Trojan pitcher Britany Jordan prevented any threat of a Drifter rally throughout the game. She pitched seven shutout innings that yielded 14 strikeouts, two walks and three hits. Drifters pitching ace, Karley Inscoe accumulated six strikeouts, while giving up 12 hits and six walks.

 

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Drifters stifle Yellow Jackets

Nothing will come easy for the Lady Drifter varsity softball team (1-1) this season. A testament to their true grit and ability to overcome adversity was their non-district 3-2 victory over Battlefield District foe James Monroe (1-1) last Thursday in the hostile confines of the Yellow Jacket Hive.
Freshman pitcher Karley Inscoe’s standout performance of pitching out of four potential run-producing innings against James Monroe is a sign that a solid foundation is being built with each passing game. Inscoe finished the game with 11 strikeouts, giving up four hits, three walks and only one run. Her nemesis, Yellow Jacket sophomore Kathleen MacInobe also had a solid game with nine strikeouts, eight hits, zero walks and three runs.
The Drifters demonstrated the often forgotten intangible of poise under fire. Whenever James Monroe showed a semblance a rally, Inscoe and company dug their heels in deep — thwarting any attempts of Yellow Jacket offense.

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