By Scott Richards
Last week’s weather started out hot and ended cold and wet, as did the Caroline varsity baseball team. After solidly trouncing the James Monroe Yellow Jackets on Tuesday by a score of 15-0 in five innings, Thursday found the Cavaliers dropping a game to King George 9-6, in a game that was called due to rain in the bottom of the seventh. This was the second loss to King George this season, but it must be said that Caroline played a much better game this time than they did in their initial meeting.
Tuesday turned into batting practice for Caroline as they visited James Monroe, defeating them 15-0 in five innings. In the top of the third, seniors Matt Carter and Zach Proctor both had doubles to light up the Cavaliers, as the team scored seven runs. Carter went 5-5 with 4 RBI and one run against the Yellow Jacket pitching staff. Taylor England and Bill Wojcik each had two hits, and Collin Knowles added two hits, and four runs to his stats. In addition to swinging their bats, Carter and Proctor worked the mound, with Proctor being awarded the run. Their successful pitching held James Monroe to only one hit.
Thursday started out overcast, but got colder, not to mention wetter as the rains came. It was not a particularly good night for baseball, especially for Caroline, taking it on the chin to King George 9-6. The Cavaliers kept it close (7-6 at the end of six) until the seventh inning. The first three batters for King George hit singles, but mental errors gave away two runs to make the final score 9-6.
Collin Knowles, who only pitched one inning, was charged with the loss. Striking out one, Knowles walked two, with two runs coming in. Carter came in the second in relief and pitched five. Collecting two K’s, he was accounted with five runs added to the score. The Cavaliers tightened up in the fifth and sixth innings, keeping King George scoreless and adding a run to their score in the sixth. Taylor England relieved Carter to start the seventh and collected three strike outs after two runs had scored.
On the offensive side, Knowles (Collin) was 2-4 at the plate, collecting an RBI and two runs for his efforts. Carter continued to swing hard at the plate hitting 3-4 and a run on the evening. Wojcik ended the night with three hits out of four plate appearances and had two RBI.
Both Wojcik and Carter each had a double to add to their stats for the year.
For King George, Dre Turner pitched four and one-third innings and was awarded the win. Chris LeVere finished the game from the mound for the Foxes. LeVere also led the offense, batting scoring two runs and an RBI triple in the second inning. A. J. Hart was 2-3 with one run and an RBI.
This week, Caroline continues its Battlefield District journey with Chancellor scheduled to visit the Bowling Green stadium on Tuesday. The Diamond Boys have Spotsylvania on their schedule twice this week, on the road Thursday, and again Friday at home. Game times are 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 is the last regular season varsity baseball game. It is the game where the graduating seniors will be honored.