Poquoson surges on offense to win Colonial Rivers baseball tournament; York takes second in softball


YORK — After Poquoson High pulled out a frantic finish in its semifinal win over Park View, the Islanders’ bats kept on going Friday night as they won the inaugural Colonial Rivers Conference 25 baseball tournament by defeating New Kent 9-2.

Poquoson and New Kent both advance to the regional Monday, when they will take on opponents from Conference 26, a Richmond-area league. New Kent will travel to the champion of Conference 26, while Poquoson will host the runner-up.

The Islanders scored a pair of runs in each of the first three innings and threw up three more in the top of the fourth to take a 9-0 lead. In that inning, Drew Watkins had a single, which was followed by a double from Matt Titlow. Consecutive singles ensued from Dylan Freeman and Ryan Darnell to give Poquoson (15-8) a 9-0 lead.

New Kent pushed a pair across in the bottom of the fifth, with the last one coming on a double steal. A threat in the sixth was erased on a double play.

That game had far less drama than Poquoson’s first one of the day, a 5-3 triumph over Park View.

In a wild final two innings, Jeremy Collins ripped a two-run home run down the right-field line in the top of the seventh as Poquoson rallied to win a Colonial Rivers Conference 25 baseball semifinal. 

The game was suspended because of weather Wednesday night, with the Dragons of South Hill ahead 2-0. Each team was scoreless in the fifth, and then the bats came to life for the Islanders.

In the sixth, Darnell reached on a walk and went to third as Collins tagged a single to right field. Chase Pinder followed with a shot to left-center that just missed clearing the 380-foot sign to score both runs and tie the game. Trey Hicks followed with a single to left to plate Pinder to give the Islanders a 3-2 lead.

The Dragons pulled even as Josh Hadley hit a one-out double to score Brett Cliborne, who started the inning with a walk.

In the seventh, after two outs, Darnell reached on an error and Collins followed by smashing his blast over the right-field fence. “I was just looking for a good pitch to move the runner along. I wasn’t sure it was going out,” Collins said.

Poquoson coach Kenny Bennett credited Collins with a pair of quality at-bats in the resumption of the game.  “He fought off half-a-dozen pitches in the first at-bat and then took one just enough down right. He and Pinder, with that blast in the sixth, were crucial at-bats,” he said.

Richie Cannella earned the win, throwing the three innings Friday. He allowed two hits and struck out three .
Poquoson 000 003 2 — 5 5 0
Park View 100 101 0 — 3 8 2
WP: Cannella (6-3). LP: Reed. Standouts: Park View, Christian Moser 2-4 (1 run), Jared Jordan 2-4, Brandon Lewis 2-3 (1 RBI); Poquoson, Collins 2-2 (2 runs, 2-run HR in 7th); Pinder 1-4 (2-run double in 6th). Records: Poquoson 14-8; Park View 14-4.
Poquoson 222 300 0 — 9 10 0
New Kent 000 020 0 — 2 7 1
WP: Holloway. LP: Lambert. Standouts: Poquoson, Titlow 2-4 (2 runs, double), Freeman 2-3, Darnell 2-3; New Kent, S. Carpenter 2-3, T. Cox 2-3. Records: Poquoson 15-8, New Kent 15-8.

York splits to take second

With a pair of strong pitchers, the first crack on defense would tell the tale between Park View and York in the conference final.

An unearned run in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Dragons defeated York 2-1. Both teams advance to the 3A East regional Monday. York will travel to the Conference 26 champion, while Park View (19-1) will host the runner-up. The C-26 final is between Hopewell and Petersburg.

The Dragons scored in the top of the first without a hit. Starting pitcher Odicci Alexander was hit by a pitch and stole second before a wild pitch moved her to third. Lindsey Townsend drove her in with a groundout.

York responded with a run in the top of the third as Katie Russell smacked a leadoff home run down the left-field line.

In the fifth with two outs, the Dragons scratched a run. Alexander singled up the middle and Brooke Mason ripped a single down the left-field line.

The throw to third was late to get Alexander, but an attempted throw to get Mason at second sailed into right field to allow Alexander to score.

“They prepared for the Colonial Heights pitcher, who was different, and rested on her change-up. Our main priority was winning the first game to get to regionals. It was tough to turn around and face a power pitcher afterward, but I told them, ’Don’t hang your heads; you never know who you might face in the regionals.’ That was our goal, to get there.”

Against Colonial Heights, York rode the strong pitching performance of Molly Rogerson and a two-hit performance from sister Maddie Rogerson to win 3-2.

Trailing 3-1 Wednesday when the game was suspended because of weather, the Colonials scored in the top of the fifth as with one out, Ashley Schoot singled and moved up on a single from Braden Johnson. Following a strikeout, Savannah Couch singled in Schoot to cut the deficit to 3-2.

After that threat, Molly Rogerson got into a groove, only allowing one hit. That runner was erased on an inning-ending double play off a fly ball to her sister Maddie at first base.
Colonial Heights 000 110 0 — 2 6 0
York 012 000 x — 3 7 0
WP: Mo. Rogerson. LP: Harris. Standouts: Colonial Heights, Harris 2-3 (double, 1 RBI); York, Batchelor 2-3 (double, 1 run), Ma. Rogerson 2-3 (1 stolen base, 1 run); Smith 1-3 (2-run double). Record: York 18-2.
York 001 000 0 — 1 2 1
Park View 100 010 x — 2 2 0
WP: Alexander. LP: Mo. Rogerson. Standouts: York, Russell 1-2 (HR in 3rd); Park View, Alexander 1-3 (2 runs, 8 strikeouts). Records: York 18-3, Park View 19-1.

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