On the diamond
GHS baseball splits pair of games
Gloucester High School varsity baseball players had a win and a loss in recent action to remain in eighth place in Peninsula District standings. The Dukes beat Heritage Friday but fell to first-place Woodside, 9-5, on the road Tuesday.
Gloucester (6-11) got off to a three-run start in the first inning on Tuesday but the Wolverines came back to notch it at 4-4 by the fourth, and were boosted by a five-run fifth inning. Jacob Brown took the loss on the mound.
The Dukes posted a 10-run shutout of visiting Heritage on Friday. Adam Baldwin went 3-4 at the plate with a triple and a third-inning grand slam for five RBIs. Baldwin also scored a pair of runs. Brian Belvin was 2-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored. Tyler Wood got the win on the mound for Gloucester.
The Dukes close out the schedule Friday with a 4:30 p.m. host of Denbigh (10-6).
Lady Dukes’ record at 16-1
Gloucester High pounded Woodside, 19-0, on the road Tuesday to stay a game ahead of Menchville with one contest remaining on the Peninsula District regular season softball schedule.
The win put the district-leading Dukes at 16-1, with the Monarchs trailing at 15-2 and Kecoughtan close behind at 14-3. Gloucester is scheduled to host Denbigh (3-14) at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Jillian Everett and Hannah Joyce combined for six hits and seven RBIs on Tuesday to lead the Dukes to victory. Amber Cooke and Rhiannon Miller contributed three hits apiece and Gloucester scored in every inning. Gabby Zarichny and Makayla Jenkins added two hits each and Taylor Distefano had three RBIs in the win.
Jenkins (15-1) pitched all five innings to add another win to her record. The sophomore left-hander struck out five batters while giving up four hits and walking only one Wolverine in the shutout.
The Dukes played uninspired softball in their 8-0 win over visiting Heritage on Friday, according to GHS coach David Lindsay. Jenkins pitched another shutout, striking out 10 batters and giving up only two infield singles. She also contributed three hits.
Jillian Everett tallied three hits of her own and accounted for four RBIs. Cooke had three hits, including a first-inning double, and scored three runs. Zarichny had a pair of hits and scored on a sacrifice fly from Joyce, who also singled and scored a run.
Devils dominate Tigers, 19-4
The Mathews High School varsity baseball team picked up an easy win last Thursday over King and Queen, 19-4.
"It was a chance to get some players some pitching that normally wouldn’t," said MHS head coach Nick Naglieri. James Pavik, who is normally the Devils’ catcher, got the start, going two innings and giving up two runs.
Jayvee player Quentin Schaefer gave up two runs (both unearned) in one inning of work and Ryan Ewell got some work in the last two innings, striking out all six batters he faced.
Offensively, the Devils seemed to score at will. Chris Davis (3-for-3, triple), Nick Stump (3-for-3) and Chris Perreault (3-for-3) led the onslaught. Chase Kemp (2-for-3), Austin Kemp (two singles), Pavik (1-for-3) and Deondre Foster (double) also picked up hits.
Mathews travels to West Point today and Middlesex on Friday for two key Tidewater District games.
JV Lady Devils defeat AA Poquoson
By Kaitlin Eriksen
The Mathews High School jayvee softball team defeated Poquoson on Tuesday night, beating the AA Islanders by a 6-1 margin.
In the bottom of the first, Poquoson jumped out to a 1-0 lead. In the next three innings, the Lady Devils threatened with base runners but could not plate any runs. However, in the top of the fourth, the Devils finally were able to muster a few hard hits and aggressive base-running to take the lead.
Harley Trammell led the effort with a bases-loaded triple to give Mathews a 3-1 advantage, which increased to 4-1 as Trammell scored. The Devils picked up a couple of insurance runs the sixth inning to close the game.
Kelly Adams pitched all seven innings for Mathews to get the win. Hannah Rowe, Kai McCann, Emily Hudgins and Trammell each had two hits. Taylor South, Carole Bell and Hunter Thomas contributed one hit apiece.
The jayvee Devils will host Tidewater District foe West Point today, starting at 5 p.m. The Mathews varsity and jayvee teams will travel to Middlesex on Friday for the first of two matchups this year.