The William Byrd baseball team still hasn’t won a game in Virginia, but they’re 3-1 in South Carolina.
The Terriers had a successful spring break trip to Myrtle Beach last week as they participated in the Mingo Bay Baseball Classic. Byrd won three of four games while enjoying some nice weather, and everyone on the team got in a game.
“It was a good trip,” said coach Neil Zimmerman. “I took five jayvee players along and most of the parents went as well. It was a good bonding experience for the team.”
After winning the first game in extra innings, 8-6, over Saint Marie Goretti High of Maryland the Terriers took on Metrolina Christian of North Carolina last Wednesday and lost, 3-1. Byrd managed just one hit, a double by Hunter Meador.
“They had a very effective lefty,” said Zimmerman.
Josh Hilliard was equally effective through five innings, but gave up a three-run homer in the top of the sixth for all of Metrolina’s runs. Ethan Spraker pitched one inning of relief.
On Thursday the Terriers had an 8 am game against Central Pageland of South Carolina and pounded out a 12-2 win, with their highest totals of hits and runs on the season to date. Dylan Hatfield and Meador had two hits and four runs batted in each and Tyler Dean had two hits and pitched a complete game on the mound. Dean struck out seven and allowed five hits.
Byrd won Friday’s get-away game, 2-1, in walk-off fashion over Trinity Christian of West Virginia. Tyler Martin, called up from the jayvee team for the trip, had two hits and drove in two runs and also pitched four solid innings of relief to pick up the win. Martin allowed just one hit and fanned eight. Logan Baker pitched the first three innings and struck out four.
The Terriers were the home team for this game and went into the bottom of the seventh tied 1-1. Meador and Hatfield walked and moved up on a passed ball. Martin was up with one out, and lined a 3-2 pitch over the centerfielder’s head to end the game and send the Terriers back to Virginia with smiles.
“He had a full count and a base open, so I told Tyler he was probably going to spin one,” said Zimmerman. “That’s just what he did, and Tyler jumped right on it. The outfield was in and they never had a chance at it.”
On Monday the Terriers played their Blue Ridge District opener at Lord Botetourt and lost, 5-2. Byrd came from 2-0 behind to tie the game as freshman Seth Hodges homered to left, but LB scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead and Cavalier pitcher Hunter Duke closed out the game.
Freshman Isaac Fix pitched for Byrd and struck out three while allowing eight hits and four earned runs.
“They hit a lot of balls on the ground but they found holes,” said Zimmerman. “It seemed like everything they hit found an open spot.”
Now 3-6, Byrd is back in action tonight with a game against Salem at Kiwanis Field in Salem, beginning at 5 pm. Hilliard will get the mound assignment for the Terriers.
On Saturday afternoon Byrd will make up a previously rained out jayvee-varsity doubleheader at Hidden Valley, and next Tuesday William Fleming will visit Walthall Park.
“I think we’re really close,” said Zimmerman. “We’re playing much better, we just need to get some timely hitting.”