TA gets five hits in bottom of 7th to win semifinals

Published 9:45 am Saturday, May 14, 2011

RICHMOND—Hitless going into the final inning and down 3-1, Tidewater Academy baseball team got five hits and scored three runs to defeat No. 3 Brunswick Academy 4-3 on Friday in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference semifinals.

“It was a heck of ball game,” said TA Coach Paul Rogers.

The No. 2 Warriors — 16-4 overall — will advance to the title game against top-seeded Steward School at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Richmond Christian.

Dale Rickmond hit in the game winning run for Tidewater. The inning started with Joey King getting on base from an error. Jimmy Rogers’ hit turned into a forced out for King at second. Martin Hellyer got a hit and James Price got another hit, knocking in Rogers. Josh Clarke’s hit knocked in Hellyer, tying up the game.

With runners on second and third, Wade Parham got on base before Rickmond got up to bring home the winning run with a hit to right centerfield over the fielder’s head.

Rogers pitched seven innings, striking out seven and giving up five hits. There were no earned runs.

At the beginning of the week, TA was seeded No. 2 for the state tournament, which opens Tuesday, May 17. Final seedings and locations of games will be announced Saturday or Sunday.