Late Rally Falls Short; Baseball Team Loses to Maury

DSC_5112A seventh inning rally by the Oaks fell short with the tying run tagged out at home to end the game in a 4-3 loss to Maury. The Commodores are ranked ninth in the region.

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.

Will Daniel pitched five innings, striking out eight.DSC_5074

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.

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About jimsravesnrants

Jim Morrison has flown barrel rolls with the Navy's Blue Angels (he didn't barf), climbed and slept overnight in a 243-foot-tall redwood (he didn't fall), and gone one-on-one with Muhammad Ali (he didn't flinch). His award-winning stories have appeared in Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Private Clubs, This Old House, National Wildlife, Smart Money’s offspring, George, Context, Family PC, Good Housekeeping, Playboy, Biography, The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Utne Reader, Southwest Spirit, the magazine of Southwest Airlines, and American Way, the magazine of American Airlines, among others. His web site is www.jmwriter.com

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