Late Rally Falls Short; Baseball Team Loses to Maury
Norfolk Collegiate trailed 4-1 entering the seventh, but fought back with timely hitting.
Freshman Ian Turner opened the frame by hustling down the line to beat out an infield single. Fellow frosh Joe Morrison singled to right to put two runners on with no outs. After a strikeout, junior leadoff man Mark Howlett walked to load the bases.
Turner and Morrison scored when junior Cabell Thomas’s grounder up the middle forced Howlett at second base for the second out, but the throw was wild to first base.
With Thomas on second base, senior Vince Thomas singled, but the throw from the outfield cut down Cabell Thomas at the plate to end the game.
The Oaks first run came when Turner was hit by a pitch and Morrison’s grounder could not be handled by the Maury third baseman. Connor Hopkins was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Howlett grounded out to score Turner.
The Oaks play a split doubleheader Saturday, taking on First Flight High School from North Carolina at noon at the Azalea complex, then playing Norfolk Christian at 5:30 p.m. at Lakewood Park, next door to the lower school.
For a slideshow of pictures from the game, go to Oaks Baseball on flickr.