Hopewell loses to Dinwiddie by five Runs
By DANIEL PARKER
May 9, 2017, 08:40
Leein Leech readies himself for a pitch.
When the Hopewell Blue Devils Baseball Team faced off against the heavy hitters of Dinwiddie, they had one strategy to keep them in the game: limit their damage at bat.
The Hopewell Blue Devils Baseball played Dinwiddie for the second time of the season at Dinwiddie High School on May 2 at 6 p.m. With three games in a row on their schedule this week the Hopewell Blue Devils had to pull out the stops, when they faced off in their game against Dinwiddie.
In their first encounter the Blue Devils lost 8 to 0. But in this game the Blue Devils held the strong arm batters on the Dinwiddie Generals team for five innings without a run. In the 2nd inning the Dinwiddie Generals got 4 runs against the Blue Devils their hits finding holes in the field. Dinwiddie scored their final run in the 3rd inning.
“The second game began a lot like the first in the 2nd inning we gave them 4 runs,” said Blue Devils Coach Adam Capps. “It wasn’t that we made too many mistakes in the field, it was that they hit the ball.”
On the Hopewell pitcher’s mound was Kyle Cheney, for the first half of the game, with 5 earned runs and 2 strikeouts. This game was also the first appearance of Ryan Johnson, a sophomore, who took up the mound after Cheney. Capps knew he was an option and today was his chance to prove it. Ryan Johnson threw for 3 innings, with 0 earned runs, 2 strikeouts and a pitch count of 38.
“Ryan Johnson was really impressive in the last 3 innings” said Blue Devils Coach Adam Capps. “He did a great job shutting down a good team.”
Despite holding back Dinwiddie for 4 innings, Hopewell couldn’t make contact with the ball to manufacture runs. The Hopewell Blue Devils lost 5 to 0.
The Hopewell Blue Devils has its game against the Petersburg Crimson Wave on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Hopewell High School.