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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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The future of Drifter baseball has arrived

The boys of spring have arrived. Colonial Beach Middle School head coach Bill Wilson has the daunting task of molding the future of Drifter baseball. In less than a month and a half, Wilson’s 15-player roster will play seven games in the Northern Neck. Wilson, native of Glade Springs, Va., teaches special education at Colonial Beach High School.
A testament to the interest shown for boys’ middle school baseball is the 19 kids who tried out for the team. Given the low numbers associated with the cancellation of the Drifter junior varsity season, baseball has a promising future in Colonial Beach. In light of the even mix of players: four eighth graders, four sixth graders, seven seventh graders, the potential for a junior varsity team in 2011 are hopeful.

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Lady Drifters upset Lancaster Red Devils

Friday night became a nightmare evening for the visiting No. 1 Northern Neck seeded Lady Red Devils of Lancaster. In the midst of missing their leading scorer, Andrea White, their offense fell prey to a suffocating Colonial Beach defense, which limited their ability to score in transition.
In a low scoring game, in a sparsely populated gymnasium, the third-seeded Lady Drifters upset the Red Devils, 29-24. With the victory the Drifters could overtake second place Northumberland before the end of the regular season. Results of the Northumberland game (4-1, 10-4) were not available due to press deadlines.
The Drifters have proven they have the right stuff. With the majority of their losses coming in the final minutes, the Drifters continue to show poise in the face of adversity. Most recently, the Drifters have developed a new weapon in their arsenal of offense, with center Melissa Turner shooting from the perimeter, rather than the low post zone. Turner scored 6 points and dominated the defensive boards.

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Drifters boys’ varsity basketball off to a slow start

 

The first two games of the season have been tough for the Drifters (1-2) boys’ varsity basketball team. After a tough 71-56 loss to Christ Church on Tuesday, the “Black & Gold” fell prey to a 93-28 blowout from triple-A powerhouse Great Mills (2-0).
However, the “Black & Gold” bounced back against King & Queen on Monday night with a 65-47 win. Drifter standout Dylan Farinet led all scores with 22 points. His triple double included 10 assists, and 11 rebounds in just three quarters of play.
Other Drifter statistics includes: Michael Jackson, 11 points; Sedrick Smith, 10 points; Randy Ruczynski, 9 points.
On Thursday, the Drifters will host King & Queen. Game time is 6 p.m.
Great Mills game
The game began with an ominous twist of fate as the Drifters kept the Hornets in check during the first quarter, with Farinet assisting Joe Slater for 8 straight points during the final two minutes of first quarter play. However, the Drifter rally was short-lived as the Hornets delivered the game’s crushing blow in the second quarter, when they scored 18 unanswered points against the host Drifters. Although Drifter forward Randy Ruczynski managed to score a jumper in the second quarter, the Hornets piled up 20 total points, and a 46-24 halftime lead.
With a packed Drifterdome, and dream of a rally quickly fading, the Hornets used their fearsome 6’4” foursome of Kameron Barker, Mykel Harris, Brandon Teston and Basil Maye to limit the Drifter offense to just four points. After Farinet penetrated the Hornets defense with a lay-up, the visitors from Southern Maryland shifted their offense into fourth gear, going on a 30-4 run — and amassing an insurmountable 78-28 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Hornets, led by point guard Earl Castain (9 points), dropped another 13 points before running out the clock.
Barker lead all Hornet scores with 19 points, while Farinet scored 13 points for the Drifters.

Leonard M. Banks
Sports Editor

 

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