Colonials Shake Off Rust, Beat Wave
By David Breidenbach, Correspondent
May 2, 2014, 13:06
Jayson Maitland connects on a pitch for an RBI.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—After shaking loose some mud from not being able to get on the field for a week, the Colonials completed a 10-3 win over Petersburg Thursday night in the cozy confines of Shepherd Stadium.
The win pushes the Colonials to 8-4 on the season; Petersburg falls to 3-7.
Seth Markins, the Colonials’ starting pitcher and game winner, was noticeably out of sync for the start of the game with a number of his pitches rising high in the strike zone. That allowed Petersburg’s hitters to take advantage of some of his offerings and netted two runs in the top of the first. David Bullock singled home Stephen McCoy, and the Crimson Wave’s James Dugger III scored on a bases loaded walk for the second run.
The Colonials did most of their damage in the bottom half of the inning.
Looking to make amends for his shaky start, Markins walked on four straight pitches to open the inning, and scored twice. Reed Raikes followed with a walk, and Zach Stewart singled to allow Markins to score, cutting the lead in half.
Noah Murdock followed with a walk, Jayson Maitland singled home a run, and Matt Young doubled in another run on his first of three hits on the day.
“Matt Young had a great day at the plate with three hits,” Colonials Coach Gerald Carsley said.
All six of those runners scored, as did Drew Mehfoud, who reached on a walk, and Markins who reached for the second time in the inning on an error at third base. In all, the Colonials pushed eight runs across and sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning.
“He was just throwing me that first pitch fast ball right there and I was able to handle it most of the game,” Young said.
Petersburg switched pitchers and sent Johnny Noggin to the mound late in the first inning, and Noggin was able to get the final out. From there, he held the Colonial scoreless for three straight innings as his team battled to get back into the game. Markins appeared to have settled down by the second inning, getting a quick two outs before William Peterson took his 1-2 curve ball over the fence in left field. Markins retired the next four batters before Carsley made the move to Matt Falls.
Despite not hitting in the later innings, the Colonials made up for it with several good plays down the stretch. The play of the game was Stewart’s snap tag on a set play from Nick Myers fake throw to second. Markins pulled in the high throw, and turned and fired to Stewart. His throw was a bit up the line, but Stewart dove to make the catch and swept his glove to tag the runner.
Initially the field umpire ruled the runner safe, but Carsley asked him to get some help on the call. After a brief conference with the plate umpire, the call was changed to an out.
Later in the game, Petersburg had runners on first and second with one out, when Falls corralled a ground ball to the mound. He spun and fired a strike to start a 1-6-3 double play that ended with Murdock’s stretch at first. The Colonials also picked up a cheap double play on a Petersburg base-running mistake. With one out and runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning, the batter hit a fly ball to short right-center field. Young raced in to make the catch, spun and caught the runner off first base for the twin killing.
Reed Raikes continued to lead the Colonials at the plate with this single.
The Colonials wanted to give their pitchers a chance to get some work before they headed into this week with Matoaca and Dinwiddie on the schedule. Carsley was able to work in three pitchers, Markins, Falls, and Murdock.
The Colonials picked up a pair of insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Falls reached on two-out single, stole second base, and then stole third base. He scored on a throwing error from short. In the sixth inning, Zach Stewart reached on an error at third base, took second on a fielder’s choice second to first for the first out, and third on a ground out to short. Young’s third hit of the day, a single, provided the final 10-3 tally.
“It feels very good to be back out on the field. We were a little shaky. When you’re stuck inside stuck in the cage, it’s going to happen. You just shake the dirt off and do what has to be done,” Young said.
With the game seemingly in hand, Carsley opted to give Murdock a chance to close the game. Murdock did what he seems to do pretty often for the Colonials, setting down three straight with a routine ground out to third base sandwiched between a pair of strike outs.
“I told the guy we haven’t been on the field in a week, but we aren’t making excuses. We were able to do enough good things to get the job done. The big first inning sort of set the tone. Matt Falls came in and pitched well and Noah (Murdock) did his thing to close out the game,” Carsley said.
Petersburg 210 000 0 – 3 7 4
Colonial Heights 800 011 x – 10 8 0
Bullock, McCoy (1) and Noggin, Bullock (1). Markins, Falls (4), Murdock (7) and Meyer. W — Markins. L — Bullock.
Highlights: Eric Boone (P) 2 for 4; William Peterson (P) HR; Matt Young (CH) 3 for 4, 2B; Jayson Maitland (CH) 2 for 3, 3 RBIs.
Records: Petersburg 3-7, Colonial Heights 8-4