Wakefield-Waverly Colts defend title

Published 8:48 am Saturday, July 30, 2011

PETERSBURG—The 15- and 16-year-old Wakefield-Waverly Colts on Thursday for a second year in a row won the Appomattox River Baseball League title.

Wakefield-Waverly Colts, from left in front, are Coach Rodney Thomas, Will Dagenais, Daniel McKenney, Charlie Webb, Anthony Martinette, Jacob Holland and Coach Paul Rodgers Jr.; and in back, Douglas Morris, Tim Thomas, Jake Pope, Peyton Holdsworth, Mike Webb, Colin Sheffield, Reid Holdsworth and Coach Tim Nixon. -- Gwen Albers

The Colts exploded for eight runs in the second inning of the title game to beat Matoaca Red 12-1 at the Petersburg Sports Complex. Every Wakefield player either got a hit or scored that inning. Thirteen batters made it to the plate.

The boys never committed an error during the tournament.

Team members represent Southampton, Suffolk Central and Sussex high schools and Southampton and Tidewater academies, while some are homeschooled.

“These boys came together at the end of the school year and they meshed,” said team spokesman Rick Dagenais.

“Our boys came together as a team and played great team baseball,” added Head Coach Paul Rodgers Jr. “The chemistry on this team is unbelievable.”

Other teams in the league came from larger schools including Hopewell, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Manchester, Meadowbrook, Prince George and Matoaca.

Wakefield-Waverly finished the season 10-4 in second place.

In the tournament, Wakefield-Waverly beat Colonial Heights 7-1 in a rain-shortened, five-inning game at Wakefield Park. Winning pitcher Mike Webb allowed one hit.

Wakefield-Waverly went on to beat Matoaca Gold 12-2 at the Petersburg Sports Complex to get into the title game. Winning Pitcher Jacob Holland allowed three hits.

In the championship game, winning pitcher Peyton Holdsworth allowed four singles.