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By Scott Richards
As the weather broke last week, the Cavaliers baseball went into full swing, closing out the warmer part of the week with a 1-1 record that included a 10-0 sweep of Washington and Lee High School Friday night in Montross, which followed the previous evening’s loss to Glen Allen High School 8-6 in a game that was not as close as the score may indicate.
Friday was all about pitching against the Eagles of Washington and Lee. To be more specific, it was all about Adam Desjarlais’ pitching as he struck out 12 of the 21 batters he faced. Desjarlais walked two and hit one batter with a pitch. Ryan Hickman came from behind the plate as the catcher for six innings to relieve Desjarlais in the seventh, striking out three of the four batters he faced that inning.
Offensively, the Cavalier bats connected with a strong pitching performance by the Eagles’ Mundy scoring 10 runs off of nine hits. All but one run was earned. Rasharrd Harris led the Caroline with his bat hitting 2-4 and scoring three runs. Desjarlais supplemented his performance on the mound by batting 2-5 with three runs, and three stolen bases.
Before being relieved in the sixth inning, W&L’s starting pitcher Mundy struck out six Cavalier batters while allowing six runs from seven hits. In relief, Smith allowed two hits and three runs, one of which was unearned. Mundy was charged with the loss.
The Eagles were led at the plate by Sumiel going 1-3 on the night with a single in the first inning.
W&L Coach Clark commented, “We go in cycles because of the rural area. Several years ago we graduated a great bunch of ball players. This year we have a lot of sophomores and juniors that are coming together.”
Thursday found Caroline in a giving mood as Cavalier pitchers walked 13 batters in their 8-6 loss to Glen Allen. The initial innings of the game proved devastating for the Cavaliers as pitchers Cole Grinde and Jonathan Didlake walked nine batters in two innings, yet still maintained a 6-4 run advantage. In the fourth inning, walks again put Jaguar runners on base, as over the last innings Glen Allen was able to capitalize, resulting in four more runs as the Cavaliers were unable to produce any more scores.
Glen Allen pitcher Patrick Hall struck out eight Caroline batters and walked only two while allowing only eight hits. Michael Lamons worked behind the plate for Hall. Batting leaders for the Jaguars included Austin Slough, who went 2-3 with one run scored plus an RBI and a sacrifice in the seventh. Holden Davis went 2-3, scoring a run and two RBI.
Caroline’s Cole Grinde started on the mound and was relieved in the second by Didlake. Grinde was charged with three runs, two strike-outs, five walks, and one hit. Didlake worked the mound and accumulated three strikeouts, four walks, and three earned runs prior to Alex Desjarlais’ relief work to finish the game. Desjarlais picked up four runs from four hits and struck out four in the three innings he pitched.
Justin Pitts led the Cavaliers at the plate with a 2-3 record, scoring one run and one RBI. Adam Desjarlais added 2-4 with two runs to his stats.
This week, Caroline was scheduled to host James Monroe on Tuesday and travel to Hanover on Wednesday. The Cavaliers close out the week with a visit from JR Tucker on Friday.
Next week, Caroline will visit Chancellor on Tuesday and then play Courtland at home.