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IWA baseball wins pair of close games

By James J. Lidington

Isle of Wight Academy

ISLE OF WIGHT

Christian Biernot’s RBI bunt with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 3-3 tie, clearing the way for an Isle of Wight Academy (IWA) home baseball victory over Amelia Academy, 7-3, on April 29.

The win ran the Chargers’ record to a perfect 6-0 with a key stretch of games upcoming.

After outscoring three opponents 52-9 the week before, the Chargers showed they knew how to win a pair of close games.

Sophomore Alex Holt pitched two innings in relief to earn the win for Isle of Wight versus Amelia. Dustin Moon led the way for IWA on offense with two hits and two runs scored. 

James Thompson and Jackson Cofer were the only other IWA players to collect hits as the home team struggled to find a solution against Amelia pitching, which allowed only two hits and two earned runs in the first three innings. 

Four IWA pitchers allowed only three hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking five Amelia batters.

The Chargers plated a trio of runs in its final at-bat to surge past the visiting Brunswick Academy Vikings on April 27.

Moon, Biernot, Trevor Mason and Trent Holland each collected two hits for IWA. Holland pitched three no-hit innings to pick up the win.

IWA was ranked seventh in the initial Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II Poll. Brunswick was ranked fifth in Division III, the smallest VISAA grouping, which are organized by each school’s enrollment. Amelia received a pair of votes in the same division.

IWA was scheduled to square off against Greenbrier Christian Academy, the No. 2 team in Division II in the first poll, at 6 p.m. May 3 at Hampton’s historic War Memorial Stadium. The Chargers were also set to play at Kenston Forest School — No. 6 in Division III — and Fuqua School — No. 3 in Division III — on May 4 and 6, respectively. Game times were at 4:30 p.m.

The Isle of Wight softball team won its home conference game April 29 against Amelia by a score of 22-2 to run its record to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in the Virginia Colonial Conference.

Brunswick downed the Lady Chargers 7-5 on April 27. The day before, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy topped IWA 6-0.

The Lady Chargers, ranked fourth in VISAA Division II, were also slated to travel to Kenston Forest and Fuqua, and they were scheduled to host Southampton Academy on May 5.

The IWA soccer team defeated Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School 3-0 on April 26.

The Isle of Wight golf team was set to play host to its tournament this past week, teeing off May 6 at Cypress Creek Golfers’ Club in Smithfield.