Stuarts Draft Secures a Spot in the RCBL Championship Finals

By Bill Meade

MONTEZUMA, August 7 — The Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks were eagerly looking forward to having another shot at dethroning Rockingham County Baseball League perennial power Clover Hill.

On Tuesday night, they did their part, eliminating homestanding Montezuma 4-0 with an impressive pitching performance from Chris Henkel and reliever Jay Thompson. But, just several miles away, the Bridgewater Reds did the deed for the D’backs, knocking out the five-time defending champions in a decisive game five in Clover Hill.

The two results set up a best of seven series for the 2012 RCBL championship between Stuarts Draft, the four-time bridesmaid to Clover Hill for the past four seasons and fourth-seeded Bridgewater.Game one of the championship series begins Thursday at the Diamond Club in the Draft.

 

Two home runs provided all the offense of the night Tuesday, as the D’backs Wes Dimitt and Brandon Clark hit two-run shots over the fence in the fourth and eighth innings respectively.Other than the two homers, Montezuma starter Alex Foltz matched Henkel for effectiveness.

Dimitt, a Stuarts Draft High School grad went deep off Foltz in the fourth after another ex-Cougar, Ryan Cooper, singled and moved to second on an outfield error.Baserunners for the Braves were at a premium as a stellar defense behind Henkel kept Montezuma off the scoreboard.

In the top of the eighth, Dimitt drilled a base hit down the third base line before Clark jacked Foltz’ pitch over the right-center field fence, giving the Draft a four-run cushion.Thompson relieved Henkel in the bottom of the eighth and surrendered one single before closing the door. He came back to strike out the side in the bottom of the ninth after issuing one base on balls.Henkel only allowed two hits in his seven innings of work.

“Clover Hill and us is a good rivalry,” Dimitt said. It would be nice to beat them, but we’ll take whoever.” Dimitt had three hits for the D-backs, who won the Montezuma series three games to one.”This was a good series, we pitched about perfect tonight,” said D’backs skipper Orvin Kiser.Stuarts Draft pitching shut out the Braves in back-to-back games.

 

The team celebrates after Dimitt’s homerun.

A Night in Montezuma

 I received a phone call from Chip Crabill down at ESPN-1240 in Waynesboro last Friday asking if we could try to fill in for him with the radio broadcasts of the Stuarts Draft D-Backs for a week. After a quick look at the calendar to see if we could squeeze anymore in, the next thing I knew…  Crystal Clear Delivery went on a fun excursion. Joining the adventure was quite the cast of characters:

  • Jerry Carter – Our play-by-play radio announcer for ESPN 1240.
  • Alan Knight – Providing the color coverage for ESPN 1240.
  • Bill Meade – Crystal Clear Delivery’s prime time reporter.
  • Rebecca Carter – CCD’s photographer and hostess.
  • Diamond – CCD’s mascot.

Game #1 -We ventured to Montezuma, Virginia to watch the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks take on the Montezuma Braves. The Braves were down 2-1 in the series, trying to force a game 5. Stay tuned for more posts that will include Bill Meade’s story and Rebecca Carter’s photos!

Page County v. East Rock, Game 3, Take 2

Page County v. East Rock, Game 3, Take 2

Head to Ralph Dean Park in Luray at 6:30PM to see who comes out on top as the Shenandoah District Regular Season Champion and snags that all too important 1 seed in the district tournament that begins Friday. The two teams tried to face-off yesterday evening at William Monroe High School but mother nature said it just wasn’t in the cards. As we type this, the sun is shining brightly over Luray and we’re thinking our senior Dakota will feel right at home in a park with her surname – go Lady Panthers!