April 10, 2010
Woodbridge – Henrico managed to get on base against C.D. Hylton ace Justin Bhatti. However, the “Warriors” had trouble pushing any of them across the plate. The result was a 7-1 lost to the “Bulldogs” of Prince William County.“We had a runner on base in every inning and in all but one inning at least one of those runners was in scoring position,” said Henrico head coach Ken Schrad. “Unfortunately, we could not get one key hit or string together anything to bring them around.”
Henrico put the ball in play against Bhatti, who has made a verbal commitment to attend Norfolk State. The hard throwing right hander did notch four strike outs while walking just one. He scattered five hits and overcame four defensive errors by his teammates.
Henrico started the game with promise. Treyvon Robinson led off with a single. He stole second and third base. Michael Mansfield walked and stole second. But, both were left stranded.
Meanwhile, Henrico starter Cody Spain had a rough beginning. Robert Kelley led off the game with a triple to the warning track in right field. He scored on Justin Sneed’s flair to center field.
In the second, Hylton used a single, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt, a single, and a double to score three runs. The score after two innings was 4-0.
Hylton’s next run came in the fourth. Kelley led off the inning with a walk. He advanced to second on a slow roller to second baseman Jordan Doggett who threw out the batter-runner. Kelley scored on a single down the third base foul line by Bhatti.
Henrico finally broke the ice in the fifth. Doggett reached on an error. Holmes followed with a grounder to short which erased Doggett, but Holmes was on as a result of the fielder’s choice. Robinson grounded to third but reached on an error. With runners at the corners, Robinson stole second. As the ball sailed, Holmes scored.
Hylton added a run in the fifth on a wild pitch by Spain. Nick Toombs pitched in the sixth. Kelley hit a pop up to shallow right that was lost in the sun. He stood on second base as a result of running out the play. He was sacrificed over to third. He scored on an errant pick off throw.
Henrico tried to make some noise in the seventh. Again, runners were standing on second and third without being able to muster a key hit.
“At times we show signs of baseball brilliance. And, then we look as if we’ve never played the game before,” said Schrad. “This team has set some goals for itself. With more than one-third of the season gone, it’s time to shine every time we take the diamond.”