Baseball Rivalry: Hopewell Versus Prince George
By DANIEL PARKER
Apr 17, 2017, 08:38
The Hopewell Blue Devils Baseball Team became its own worst enemy against the Prince George Royals losing 10 to 1.
Last week the Hopewell Blue Devils baseball team came off with two big wins against Petersburg and Meadowbrook. But now they were facing the undefeated Prince George Royals king of the hill in the Central District.
“Hit them hard and knock them out early” was the strategy for the Prince George Royals. In previous games Hopewell started strong and that could be a problem for the Royals.
“We knew if we got up on them it would make it a whole lot easier for us,” said Prince George Royals Coach Mickey Roberts. “With a team like that the longer you leave them in the game eventually they’re going to think they can win that’s what we didn’t want to do with these guys.”
After going without any runs in the 1st inning the Hopewell Blue Devils contained the Royals in the 1st inning with Blue Devils pitcher Chris Mosley getting a strike out and a fly ball that was caught by Ricky Jones.
Tevin Tucker made the Royals’ first run stealing 2nd base, and a dropped ball gave Tucker all the time he needed to power his way to home plate. The Royals made 1 run in the first inning.
Errors were pounced on by the Prince George Royals, who dominated the 2nd and 3rd innings. An earlier run by the Royals bounced them up to 2-0. The runs weren’t over. Bases were loaded for the Royals after two walks and one run. When Evan Koser was up to bat, he hit it out to right field and when the ball was dropped, all 3 Royals made it to home plate. The Royals were up 5 to 0.
Dropped balls and a stolen home plate base plagued the Blue Devils in the 3rd inning, where the Royals landed 4 runs. Hopewell was trailing behind now 9 to 0.
“We didn’t execute like I feel we should have; there’s better ways we could have handled their aggression,” said Hopewell Blue Devils Coach Adam Capps. “We didn’t play well in any aspect of the game, offensive and defensively.”
Hopewell made its only run of the game in the 4th inning. Ricky Jones walked to 1st, took advantage of a dropped ball at 1st rolled to 2nd, stole 3rd and after a hit by Dawsyn Hock, he made the run.
With 3 innings left the Blue Devils bounced back and showed some resilience said Coach Capps. The Blue Devils held their ground and the Royals made their last run of the game in the 5th inning. In the 6th inning, Prince George at bat and in a game marred by errors for Hopewell; the Blue Devils got two outs in one play. A hit by the Royals was recovered by Naz Cooper, who passed it to Austin Sickel at 2nd, who threw to Leein Leech.
On April 18th, the Hopewell Blue Devils baseball team plays against Colonial Heights at 6 p.m. at Shepard Stadium.