Cavaliers baseball went 1-1 last week, pulling out a 4-3 heart-stopping win on Friday against Courtland, a game that came down to the last pitch. Monday of last week, Caroline went 10 innings against Brooke Point in a 7-3 loosing effort.
Friday night, there were two winners as the fans and teams celebrated the Relay for Life of Caroline. In addition to a spectacular 4-3 win by the Cavaliers varsity baseball team over the Courtland Cougars in a last-inning come-from-behind effort, Karen Broaddus and Elise Layne of Relay for Life were on-hand to speak with people and receive $226 raised at the game.
Honored by making the first pitch were Easton Wright, toddler son of Tyler Wright, as well as 13-year-old Travis Compher. Both Tyler Wright and Travis Compher are battling cancer.
The matchup between Courtland and Caroline was the most balanced the Cavaliers have faced all season. Both teams showed excellent, crisp fielding that displayed a serious depth. Courtland’s Christian Colbert scored in the first inning, and from that point to the bottom of the fourth, it was a duel between the fielding of both teams as neither was able get past the other.
Caroline broke the drought, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth, and the boys held strong until the seventh inning.
The seventh turned out to be a nail-biter with Courtland scoring two runs to go up 3-2 in the top of the inning, but Caroline smelled comeback.
In the bottom of the seventh, the last inning of regulation, Jonathan Didlake was walked and Ryan Hickman hit a double to put Didlake on third and himself on second. Another walk to Collin Hess loaded the bases, and Rasharrd Harris came up to bat with two outs.
Harris played the pitcher to a full count, leaving a hard decision for the pitcher. If he throws a change up and misses, Harris walks, a run comes in, and the pitcher has to face Jay Chapman and his heavy bat. The decision was for the fast ball, which Harris nailed to right field, allowing two runners to score, and the game ended with the score: Caroline 4, Courtland 3.
Cole Grinde started for the Cavaliers and was relieved in the fifth by Alex Desjarlais, who was awarded the win. Leading the Cavaliers at the plate was catcher Hickman going 2-3 with a single, double, one run scored, and an RBI.
Zach Smith pitched the entire game for Courtland and was charged with the loss. He was assisted at the plate by Chafin Haught.
Caroline held steady with Brooke Point for nine innings, only to see the Black Hawk bats ignite in the top of the 10th as Andrew Thornton came off of a 2-2 count and hit a three-run homer to put Brooke Point ahead 7-3.
Caroline fought valiantly in the last inning but was only able to produce one run as game-winning Black Hawk pitcher Tony Caliri struck out the side.
After watching Brooke Point score three runs in the first inning, Caroline followed suit in the second, and the score remained tied until the 10th inning, despite the fact that the Cavaliers out-hit the Black Hawks 10-6 in the first nine innings.
Starting pitcher Josh Molis was charged with three runs off of seven singles and one walk. Caliri relieved Molis in the second inning. Caliri allowed five hits, three walks, four singles, and two doubles.
Leading the Black Hawks at the plate was Christian Rico, who hit 3-5 with one single and two doubles while scoring a run.
Collin Hess started on the mound for the Cavaliers. Charged with three runs off three hits, Hess struck out two and walked three. Relieving Hess in the eighth, Adam Desjarlais struck out four but had four runs from three hits added to his stats.
Hits against Desjarlais included two singles and one home run. Adam Desjarlais was the heavy bat for the Cavaliers, hitting 2-5, a single and a triple, and scoring one run. Ryan Hickman continued to show well at the plate, hitting two singles out of five at-bats and scoring one run.
The Cavaliers’ varsity record was 4-4 after last week. This week Caroline hits the road as they travel to a tournament in New Brunswick, N.C. In addition to playing baseball, some beach time is on the schedule.
Next week looks to be another busy road week for Caroline. Starting Monday, April 28, King George plays host to Caroline, followed by a trip to Deep Run High School on Wednesday. Friday finds Caroline traveling to Midlothian High School to battle the Trojans.