Chargers win over Falcons, 26-1

Published 10:19 am Monday, May 15, 2017

Isle of Wight Academy’s Dixon Mills was 4-for-6 with two RBI and pitched two innings of hitless relief as the Chargers knocked off Alliance Christian 26-1 here on May 4.

Mills had seven total bases and scored four runs. Teammate Dawson Holmes was 4-for-5, driving in three runs and scoring two, had eight total bases and finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

The Chargers pounded out 28 hits against the Falcons, who managed but one, which came on Victor Spence’s towering home run with two out in Alliance’s final at-bat in the bottom of the fifth.

The result was less than favorable when the Chargers squared off on May 2 against Southampton Academy, a game they lost to the Raiders 5-4.

IWA led 3-0 in the sixth, but surrendered five runs in the bottom of the sixth, Southampton’s last regulation at-bat, on an error-aided three-run single and a two-run homer.

IWA managed to plate a run in the top of the seventh after Ryan Boyce’s lead-off double. He later took third base on a wild pitch. After Noah Pye grounded out and Dylan Robertson popped out, James Ricks reached on a dropped third strike and Boyce scored to make it 5-4.

Aidan Williams then drew a walk, putting the tying run on first. But Hunter Hayden filed out to center to end the game.

The week ended with IWA at 9-6 record for their regular-season campaign. Metro Athletic Conference Tournament play begins at IWA today, when they face Portsmouth Christian for the third time this year. The two teams split their encounters, with each winning at home.

The Chargers advanced to eighth in the May 1st Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Div. II poll, 11 points clear of the ninth-place team. IWA was nine points behind the closest competitor, longtime Metro rival Atlantic Shores.

The final state poll will be issued on Sunday, May 14, with state tournament play beginning that week and culminating in the state championship game at the Shepherd Stadium complex in Colonial Heights.