Baseball's Season Comes Crashing Down
May 23, 2012By Denis Vass of Graham High School
From the very first batter, it was apparent that the Chargers of Northwood came ready to play. Adam Lowe led off with a double, scored on Ross Cooper's single, as Northwood scored four first inning runs, aided by two Graham errors, three passed balls, scoring only two earned runs enroute to an 8-3 victory at Zachary Field tonight. Graham comitted six errors on the night, leading to only five earned runs
The Red Devils had their chances, but stranded 10 runners as the recent late-game magic disappeared. Graham had the bases loaded the bottom of the sixth, but a double play by Dominique Snipes pitcher-to-home-to-first double play negated any hopes of a big rally. The Red Devil's offensaive woes continued also, as they could only manage five hits.
With the loss, Graham ended its season with a 17-11 record. Northwood will continue on to the sectionals, with a 22-6 record as they travel to Nags Head Tuesday to take on First Flight, who bested Providence Grove 4-0 tonight at Climax. With both Graham and Providence Grove losing tonight, no teams from the Mid-State are left in the playoffs.
Maurisio Mendoza was the lone Red Devil with multiple hits, batting 2-for-4. Taylor Perry recorded 12 put outs at first base.
Dillon Brown took the loss, pitching only one inning, allowing four runs on four hits. Brown was followed by Maurisio Mendoza, who pitched 3 1/3 inning, allowing only one run on one hit, before he gave way to Logan Andrews to finish up the final 2 2/3 innings.
Adam Lowe led Northwood with a 3-for-5 night, scoring twice. Justin King was two-for-four, scoring twice also. Conner Lawrence pitched a complete 7-inning game. He allowed three runs on five hits, striking out three while walking four. Only one Graham run was earned as the Chargers committed six errors also.
With the loss tonight, all spring sports have ended for Graham. With a new football coach, the red Devils have a lot to look forward to in the next few months.
Good Luck to Seniors Treston Earley, Dominique Snipes, Justin Luck, Matt Holley , and Dillon Brown. Best of luck in your future endeavors and thanks for a season of accomplishments.