The Mathews High School varsity baseball team handily defeated the visiting West Point Pointers in Tuesday night’s post-season opener, 16-2, to advance to last night’s Tidewater District tournament championship against King William.
Mathews jumped on the scoreboard early with three runs in the first inning. The Devils continued to pour it on West Point with six more runs in the second inning, one in the fourth and six in the bottom of the fifth.
Fifteen hits were scattered across the boards for the Devils, and offensive standouts include multi-hit nights for Deondre Foster (three), Austin Kemp (three), Darian Beale (two), Paul Burnette (two) and Ryan Ewell (two). RBIs were dispersed across the Devils’ lineup as well, with Beale providing three of them, while Brian Owens, Brett Hogge, Foster, and Kemp each recorded two. Josh Wilson, Burnette, Ewell and Zach Jarosz joined them with one each.
Wilson started for the Devils on the mound, and went five strong innings, striking out eight and giving up only four hits. Logan Byrns and Colin Cook each pitched an inning of relief to finish off the game, striking out two and one, respectively.
Mathews was supposed to end its regular season with the Pointers last Thursday in a game which had already been postponed a week before due to rain. However, the rain struck West Point at the wrong time once again and, following a scoreless pitchers’ duel for five innings, play was finally halted. Ewell went all five innings, striking out nine batters and giving up only one hit. The offense produced only a pair of hits, belonging to sophomores Will Harrington and Taiwan Forrest. The matchup was scheduled to be finished on Monday, but was again postponed and not finished.