The Rappahannock Varsity Baseball Team picked up two wins last week and head coach Larry Barker was pleased with the momentum that the team has gained as it started play in the Northern Neck District. The Raiders defeated Middlesex 11-0 on Tuesday and followed that win with a solid 9-1 victory over Lancaster in the Raider’s
first district game of the season.
“The district season is what counts,” declared Barker. “That’s how they determine who moves on into the post season. I am happy with the momentum we have right now. We still have a few kinks to iron out, but I like the way we’re playing.”
Against Middlesex, the Raiders jumped ahead early with three runs in the first inning. Marquise Lanier led the inning off with a single and Will Hoover drove him in with a base hit. Eamonn Collins reached base as well and Mitchell Hale drove both Hoover and Collins with a base hit of his own. In the second inning Lanier walked and stole second and third base. Hoover then proceeded to drive Lanier in with a single and the Raiders were up 4-0.
It was a lead that the Raiders would never relinquish. Dylan Dunn, the Raider starting pitcher, pitched four strong innings and never allowed a Middlesex run. Dunn struck out eight Middlesex batters and picked up the win. Devin Sisson pitched the fifth inning striking out two Middlesex batters. The two allowed only one Middlesex hit.
Although four runs would have been enough, the Raiders bats were not finished. The Raiders scored two runs in the third inning when Hale drew a walk, Tucker Douglas doubled, and Dunn answered with double as well. In the fourth inning the Raiders put the game out of reach with five runs. Lanier led off with a single, Hoover doubled driving in Lanier, and Collins knocked in Hoover with a single. Hale reached base with a walk, Douglas was hit by a pitch, and Dunn singled and the Raiders took an 11-0 lead which ended the game. Overall, it was a strong performance both offensively and defensively for the Raiders.
Against Lancaster, the Raiders reciprocated the Middlesex game and jumped to an early lead. The Raiders plated two runs in the first inning. Lanier doubled and scored and Douglas walked and scored. The Raiders would not score again until the fifth inning.
While the Raiders’ offense was temporarily stalled, the Raider pitchers were once again strong. Devin Sisson started the game and pitched the first three innings. Sisson did not allow a run and struck out three Lancaster hitters. Collins threw the final four innings striking out five batters and allowing only a single run.
Although the two first inning runs would have been enough to defeat Lancaster, the Raiders offense woke up in the fifth inning put the game out of reach. Chance Herbert led the inning off by reaching first base on a hit by pitch. Will Hoover walked and Collins loaded the bases with a single. Dunn cleared the bases with a three-RBI double and Sisson scored Dunn with a single putting the Raiders ahead 6-0.
In the sixth inning the Raiders added three more runs to make the final score 9-1. Overall, the Raiders were led by Lanier, who picked up two hits and scored two runs in the game, and Dunn who drove in three runs.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Rappahannock’s Rachel Berger hit a triple to right field with one out for her team. But it was costly overthrow by an the Lancaster defense allowing Berger to score the lone run of the game.
Her teammate, pitcher Carlie Clark, had 15 strikeouts and no walks giving up only two hits.
Lancaster’s Casey Clarke hit a triple at the plate followed by Brittany Jones with a single.
“This was a great game, the girls play tough defense,” said Lancaster coach Dave Zeiler. “Clarke pitched a good game. We struggled at the plate.”
Lancaster allowed six hits and one walk in the game.