Builders, Trojans Split Twin Bill, Again

HAMPTON, Va. – After splitting a doubleheader last weekend, Virginia State and Apprentice repeated the feat Friday with the Builders taking the opener 12-2 and the Trojans winning the nightcap by the identical score.  

GAME 1: BUILDERS 12, TROJANS 2

  • After Jimmyll Williams got hit by the pitch he stole second before a double play ended the first inning. The Builders hit a triple and brought the runner in on a sac fly to score  
  • In the bottom of the second Newport News was the benefited from an opening walk before a two out double drove him home. A passed ball then let that runner move to third. Another double would put runners on second and third while also making the score 3-0 
  • An RBI ground out, let the third run of the inning come across for the Builders and in the fifth one more run came around to score making it 5-0 Newport News  
  • In the bottom of the fourth the Builders doubled down the line and then advanced on two wild pitches to score 
  • The Trojans answered with a Jaquan Tucker home run. Victor Johnson than tripled and Matthew May hit a sacrifice fly to get VSU on the board 
  • In the bottom of the sixth the Builders get three runs to have a 10-run advantage at 12-2 

GAME 2: TROJANS 12, BUILDERS 2 

  • The two opening batters got on and TJ McGowan hit a bunt single to get the runner on third across. Tucker walked to load the bases and then Jamari Pooler hit a double to score two. Daniel Smith then hit a sac fly to put four up in the first inning 
  • Avante Banks and Williams hit back-to-back singles in the second, McGowan then walked to load the bases with one out. Tucker was hit by a pitch to let a run in, and Pooler hit a 2 RBI single right after. Justus Crawley then hit an RBI single and Smith hit an RBI fielder’s choice 
  • The builders would score in the bottom of the inning, but in the top of the third the Trojans would put up their final three runs of the game with Tucker and Pooler picking up the RBI’s 
  • Apprentice picked up one more in the third, but Joesph Hastings would shut down the Builders for the rest of the game to pick up his second win 

Story courtesy VSU Athletics; image courtesy Chris Waugaman, VSU Athletics

Trojans Drop Pair to D1 VMI

LEXINGTON, Va. – Playing against Division 1 opponent Virginia Military Institute for the first time in program history, the Virginia State University baseball team was swept in a doubleheader 16-2 in game 1 and 15-7 in game 2. VSU held the lead or was tied with VMI for most of game 2. 

GAME 1: VMI 16, VSU 2 

  • The Trojans went down in order in the top of the first, while the Keydets only managed a walk in their half 
  • VMI managed to get runners on second and third after a single and a walk followed by a double steal in their half of the second, however Preston Branzelle managed to get a strikeout and a lineout to escape the jam 
  • VMI managed to get on the board in the third after a one out single followed by a double to right center on the very next pitch. A HBP and a double steal set up the Keydets with runners in scoring position with still one out 
  • A sac fly scored the second run of the inning with VMI still having a runner on third who scored on a wild pitch on the next pitch 
  • Three straight walks loaded the bases for the Keydets but Jaquan Tucker came into pitch and on his first pitch he got an out on a fielder’s choice limiting the damage to 3-0 after three innings 
  • Jimmyll Wiliams would get the first hit for VSU with a hard hit single to center. Christian Henderson hit a sacrifice and got Williams to second who then stole third. TJ McGowan took the first pitch he saw straight up the middle to get the Trojans on the board 
  • After a walk to open the fourth, VMI hit a towering shot to left center for a homer making it 5-1. Then a single, steal of second and a ground out got a runner on third with just one out. Following a hit by pitch a single up the middle allowed two more runs to come across to score. After was all said and done Keydets put up 6 runs in the fourth 
  • Thomas Moore hit a one out triple, followed by Victor Johnson HBP and then Jody Morris walked to load the bases however VMi was able to get the last two outs after a pitching change 
  • VMI hit a leadoff triple, but McGowan managed to get the next two batters out before hitting the next batter. The Kaydets then managed to score on a double steal to get their 10th run. The next batter struck out but got on bass via a throwing error which let the man on second score. Then the next batter took the first pitch he saw to right field for a homer 
  • In the sixth Tucker hit a two out doubled followed by a single by Jamari Pooler to put runners on the corners. Moore than walked to load the bases and Johnson walked in a run, in the bottom of the inning VMI hit yet another homerun to make it 16-2 which would be the final score 

GAME 2: VMI 15, VSU 7

  • Williams was hit by the second pitch of the game, and he managed to steal second. Henderson then hit a single to shallow center to advance Williams to third. Mcgowan hit a single to score Williams. Both McGowan and Henderson advanced on a wild pitch to get both in scoring position.  Pooler the doubled to right center to score two more runs 
  • VMI managed to get runners in scoring position after a sacrifice bunt then a sac fly would get the Keydets on the board then a wild pitch cleared the bases as the score sat at 3-2 VSU 
  • Each team managed to hit a single in the second inning 
  • In the third Dawsyn was hit by the pitch and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Avante Banks hit a two out single up the middle to put runners on first and third. In the bottom half of the inning Gavin Stevens had a 1-2-3 inning 
  • Daniel Smith continued the Trojans hot bats doubling to right field. Matthew May laid down a bunt and a throwing error by the catcher let May get to second and Smith to score, making it 4-2. May got to third after Williams flied out to right field. Henderson then hit a deep sac fly to bring May in to score 
  • Back-to-back two out singles for VMI would give the Keydets their best opportunity for a run since the first inning, however Stevens recorded his first strikeout of the game 
  • In the bottom of the fifth, VMI managed to get runners on the corners after a HBP, a walk and two wild pitches. A double gave VMI their first run since the first inning and still had runners on second and third. A wild pitch after a pitching change let the runners move up 90 feet to make it 5-4. The Trojans traded a double play for a run that tied the game at 5 
  • The bottom of the sixth saw VMI plate two more runs, before in the top of the seventh David Johnson hit a double to left center to plate Justis Crawley and Banks 
  • In the bottom of the inning the Keydets used a two out rally to score three for a 10-7 advantage 
  • VMI started to put the game out of reach as they added five runs in the eighth inning making it 15-7 

With the two losses VSU drops to 9-17 while VMI goes above .500 at 16-15. The Trojans will play at Barton on Wednesday, April 3 at 3 pm. 

Story and image courtesy VSU Athletics

Trojans Hand Builders First NSAC Loss in Twin Bill Split

ETTRICK, Va. – The Virginia State University baseball team split a doubleheader against the Apprentice School on Friday dropping game one 7-1 and winning game two 5-1. 

GAME 1: BUILDERS 7, VSU 1

  • The Builders would go down in order in the first and in the bottom of the inning Jimmyll Willams walked and Christian Henderson singled before both players stole to get runners on second and third. 
  • Then on a two out wild pitch both runners moved up 90 feet to get the Trojans on the board 
  • The Builders would add another run in the second and then in the fourth Apprentice then hung up three runs to widen their margin 
  • Apprentice then added a run in the fifth sixth and seventh innings while and Avante Banks walk and steal of second was the only time the Trojans would get a runner in scoring position 

GAME 2: VSU 5, BUILDERS 1 

  • Neither team would manage much in the first two innings with the only hits being by Williams and Victor Johnson for VSU 
  • Joesph Hastings started the game and was throwing a perfect game through three innings 
  • Banks and Williams hit back-to-back doubles to get runners on second and third with no outs. Henderson hit an RBI-ground out and an error by the 3b would get Jaquan Tucker to second and would score TJ McGowan who got on by a fielder’s choice 
  • The Builders only managed to get two batters on through the fourth and fifth innings via an error and a walk 
  • In the bottom of the sixth Jamari Pooler started the inning off with a double that was just feet from being a home run. Pooler then stole third and a Jody Morris double brought him in to score. Morris then advanced to third on an error by the catcher and Williams walked. Henderson then hit the third double of the inning to score both Morris and Williams 
  • The Builders managed to get a runner on second after a single and a wild pitch. A one-out single put runners on the corners before a two out walk loaded the bases 
  • A wild pitch advanced every runner to finally get the Builders on the board 
  • Hastings earned his first win of the season 
  • The Trojan win was their first NSAC victory of the season and the Builder’s first conference loss

Apprentice Edges Up in Latest Poll

The Apprentice School baseball team continues its tear through the season with an impressive 25-5 overall record (.833 winning percentage) and 4-0 in league play. This has not gone unnoticed by the USCAA pollsters who bumped the Builders up another notch to number two in the latest poll.

AS began the campaign as a preseason #5 and picked up two spots in the first regular season poll last week to third.

The red-hot Builders jump back into NSAC competition this Friday by traveling to Virginia State then hosting the Trojans on Friday April 5.

Mid-Atlantic Christian lost three spots this week and slips to number 11.

Trojans Drop Contest to Barton

ETTRICK, Va. – The Virginia State University baseball team welcomed the Barton Bulldogs to the field and dropped a 17-4 decision Tuesday afternoon.

Neither team would get a run across in the first inning, and in the second Preston Branzelle would face the minimum after catching two runners stealing. Then in the bottom half of the inning The Trojans managed to load the bases with Jaylen Lovett getting hit by a pitch, Matthew May walking and Bryce Wilmoth walking. Then Jimmyll Williams hit a triple to right field to clear the bases making it 3-0. 

The Bulldogs managed to get one back in the top of the third, but then managed to hang up four runs in the top of the fourth after loading the bases. However, the Trojans did add one run in the bottom of the third inning when Christian Henderson scored on a wild pitch to have the score by 5-4 going into the fifth. Neither team managed anything in the fifth, but Barton took over by scoring 12 runs over the next two innings to put the game out of reach earning them a 17-4 victory. 

Henderson was the only Trojan with multiple hits.

VSU will host an NSAC doubleheader against Apprentice at 1 pm on Friday March 25. 

Story and image courtesy VSU Athletics

Apprentice, MACU Crack USCAA Top 10 in First Regular Season Poll

Both of the NSAC’s USCAA baseball members are ranked in the top 10 in the first poll of the regular season.

After garnering a fifth-place ranking in the preseason poll, Apprentice has earned even more respect by the pollsters and moved up two notches to third in the poll released March 21. The Builders have crafted an enviable 25-4 overall record and stand atop the NSAC at 4-0 in conference play.

Mid-Atlantic Christian has held serve at number 8 in the poll with a record of 12-17 overall and 2-5 in the NSAC.

RankTeam
1Salem University
2UC Clermont
3The Apprentice School
4Atlantis University
5Penn State Dubois
6Wright State Lake
7Miami Middletown
8Mid Atlantic Christian
9Penn State York
10Penn State Shenango
11Penn State Mont Alto
12Miami Hamilton
13Florida National University
14Penn State Schuylkill
15Penn State Fayette

Ten teams will compete in the USCAA Small College World Series May 13-17 in Dubois, Pennsylvania.

Trojans Downed by Big Blue in Doubleheader

ETTRICK, Va. – Virginia State dropped a pair of games to sixth-ranked Bluefield State in a doubleheader on Sunday at Whaley Colbert Field 10-3 and 1-0. 

GAME 1: BLU 10, VSU 3 

  • Both teams would only get one man in scoring position in the first two innings, but couldn’t cash in on the opportunity 
  • In the top of the third the Big Blue singled to second and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later a two out single up the middle would finally get a run across 
  • Jamari Pooler would reach via the error with two outs. Pooler then stole second and Thomas Moore would walk the next pitch. Pooler would then steal third with Moore going to second on the throw down to third 
  • Christian Henderson would then get on with another error by Bluefield State as both Pooler and Moore came around to score and Henderson would end up on second 
  • Bluefield would then tie it in the top of the fourth and then would explode in the fifth hitting a grand slam and back-to-back solo shots to make it an 8-2 lead 
  • The Big Blue would add two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. In the bottom half Gene Ligon, Jr. Came in to pinch hit and would walk and steal second. Daniel Smith then singled to get runners on the corners. Jimmyll Williams then walked to load the bases. Moore hit a sacrafice fly to get the last run across for VSU 

GAME 2: BLU 1, VSU 0 

  • Joe Hasting got the start in game 2 and would strike out 10 batters but would give up 1 unearned run which was the difference 
  • In the first inning BLU got a one out double down the left field line. That batter then would advance on a pass ball and a wild pitch to score 
  • VSU would go down in order in the first and second innings. In the Third Norman Jackson singled up the middle and would end up on third after a sac bunt and advancing on a balk by the pitcher. Williams walked then stole second, but the Trojans were unable to get the runners across 
  • In the fourth and fifth both teams went 1-2-3. The Big Blue had a golden chance in the top of the seventh as Hastings walked two batters and another singled with a bunt to load the passes, but he got a huge strike out to strand the runners 
  • Moore got hit by the first pitch and would get to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dawsyn Hock and to third on a wild pitch. However, he would remain stranded as a ground out and a fly out would end the game 

Bluefield State is currently ranked sixth in the Black College Nines Small College poll.

The teams will play the last game of the three-game series on Monday March 25 at 1 pm. 

Story and image courtesy Virginia State University Athletics

Apprentice Sweeps MACU To Remain Unbeaten in NSAC Play

HAMPTON, Va. – Apprentice took down Mid-Atlantic Christian twice Friday to improve to 4-0 in New South Athletic Conference play, winning 2-1 and 7-3 at War Memorial Stadium.

In the first game of the day, the Builders got going in the third inning as Nate Yeary singled to bring home Jett Winslow to take a 1-0 lead. After the Mustangs answered with a run in the fourth, neither team could get much going until Apprentice got the bats hot again in the seventh.

Three straight singles opened the inning for the Builders, setting up Nolan Edwards to hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Winslow to walk the game off and take the win.

Nick Redman (4-0) took the complete game win, fanning four across the seven innings.

In the nightcap, the Builders scored first again, striking in the first on an infield single by Hunter Johnson to take the early advantage. MACU responded with two in the third to take their first lead of the twinbill, but Apprentice retook the lead in the fourth on a Caleb Russell sacrifice fly and Mustang error to score both Johnson and Jeremy Harmon.

Apprentice piled it on in the sixth, scoring four runs off a pair of fielder’s choices and bases loaded walks. The Mustangs scratched a run across in the seventh to get to the final score.

Isaac McCallister (3-0) pitched the complete game, earning the win with five strikeouts.

Story courtesy Walker McCrary/Apprentice Athletics; image courtesy Kaitlyn Olson/Apprentice Athletics

Lighthouse Slips Past MACU for First NSAC win 8-7

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Lighthouse Christian, in its inaugural year of baseball, picked up its first win over a varsity opponent and its first New South Conference win in downing Mid-Atlantic Christian 8-7 Thursday afternoon.

The Makos’ Ethan Thomas got the win in relief.

MACU unleashed the runs in the first game of the doubleheader 17-4. Both games were part of the Palm Beach Challenge.

Mustangs Falter at Chowan

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Baseball team used three home runs and 13 hits to soar past Mid-Atlantic Christian 13-4 in a mid-week contest.

Chowan makes the return trip to take on the Mustangs on Wednesday, February 28 in Elizabeth City, N.C.  First pitch is slated for 5pm.

Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash