In The Red Zone: Ken Wakefield

Sunday, June 09, 2013

BREAKING: HAWKS WIN STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

Derek Casey did his part, striking out ten and limiting Great Bridge to just one run in the six innings he was allowed to pitch due to VHSL pitching guidelines.

Head Coach Charlie Dragum handed the ball to freshman Hayden Moore to get the job done in the 7th, and he did, retiring Great Bridge in order to clinch the first-ever state baseball championships for the #HawkGreen as Hanover wins 2-1 in Chantilly.

It wasn't without a load of suspense, as Hanover entered the sixth down 1-0, but scored two in the frame to take the lead for good.  They lost a chance at an insurance run when Chris Gilliam was caught trying to steal third for the second out, as the next batter doubled, which would've scored Gilliam.

The final out was contentious, too, as the Great Bridge batter skied a Moore fastball over the left field fence, but just barely in foul territory.  His next time hitting the ball, it was a fly to right easily caught by Gilliam to begin the Hanover celebration.

The Hawks avenge their loss in the 2009 state title game to Menchville, also of the Eastern Region, and finish 2013 at 23-4, and most importantly, as STATE CHAMPIONS.

Congratulations, Hawks!!!

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