Hopewell Battles the Dinwiddie Generals
By DANIEL PARKER
Apr 12, 2017, 16:44
The Hopewell Blue Devils Varsity Baseball Team twisted the arms of their opponents last week with Petersburg conceding in the 5th inning and the mercy rule giving them a win against Meadowbrook, the Hopewell Baseball team pulled together with all engines on-blast following their loss to the Dinwiddie Generals on March 30th.
Hopewell had a sloppy start against Petersburg in the 1st inning, squeaking by with one run and the defense missing pop-ups when Petersburg was at bat. It was a matter of taking their opponent lightly and if Hopewell does that, any team could have a shot to defeat them said Coach Adam Capps.
“I talked to them a bit, lit a fire underneath them,” said Coach Capps. “They played impressively the rest of the game.”
Calling it a fire is an understatement, if anything it sparked an inferno as the Hopewell Blue Devils toppled Petersburg with 16 runs in the 2nd inning alone. Hopewell held control through the rest of the game defeating Petersburg 23 to 4 after the Crimson Wave conceded in the 5th inning.
Blue Devils player Cameren Hill was 2 for 4 against Petersburg and brought in 4 runs. Blue Devils pitcher Kyle Cheney pitched for two innings with 4 strikes outs, with 0 earned runs and a pitch count of 35.
But Meadowbrook was down when every facet came together for the Blue Devils in what Coach Adam Capps called their best performance of the season. Meadowbrook was what Coach Capps called a middle pack team in the central district and despite the score of 11 to 1, they impressed the Blue Devils Coach.
“Meadowbrook, the pitches that they threw were pretty impressive,” said Coach Capps. “But we came out swinging the bat really well, hustling all over the place.”
All the preaching from the fall and spring came together noted Coach Capps, as Hopewell hitters sprayed the ball all around the field. The Blue Devils battered in 4 runs against Meadowbrook in the 1st inning. Hopewell defeated Meadowbrook 11 to 1.
Blue Devils Ricky Jones was 3 for 4, stealing 3 of Meadowbrook’s bases and giving Hopewell 4 runs. Chris Mosely pitched for 5 innings against Meadowbrook with a pitch count of 68, with only one earned run against him and 6 strikeouts.
Next Monday the Hopewell Blue Devils will face off against their rival Prince George. A rivalry that Hopewell never took away from Prince George in years said Coach Capps. The Hopewell Coach is optimistic with Chris Mosley on the pitcher’s mound and the intensity seen from the team.
“We are hitting our stride at a perfect time…” said the Coach. “If we keep up the hustle and intensity We have a chance to beat anybody we face.”