Chamberlin started his baseball career at Virginia Wesleyan before transferring to Hampden Sydney as a junior. The former Matoaca standout catch made immediate impact for the Tigers in the 2013 season, playing in 32 out of the team’s 41 games.
Austin Gammon signed his National Letter of Intent last Thursday to play baseball for Virginia Wesleyan University. For Bird, Gammon plays a variety of positions including catcher, third base and the outfield, but Virginia Wesleyan envisions developing him as a full-time catcher.
The spring athletics season is coming to a close and teams are gearing up for a playoff run. The following are teams in the area to watch as they battle for a shot at a title. Matoaca softball is enjoying an outstanding season, currently in first place in the Central District. The Warriors hope to improve on last year’s Central District tournament exit and make it back to the region.
Two years ago as a freshman, Bierlein burst onto the scene at Christopher Newport winning the third spot in the rotation as a true freshman, posting a 6-0 record with a 2.29 earned run average. After posting a solid sophomore season, Bierlein has excelled in his junior season.
In a closely fought race all season in boy’s tennis, Thomas Dale Knights and Matoaca Warriors were crowned Co-Central District Champions for the 2013 season. The Warriors had the edge in the standings for most of the year, but split the regular season series with the Knights.
District races across all spring sports are heating up with the temperatures (if Mother Nature decides to make up her mind, anyway). One of the races most intriguing is Central District baseball. Five teams are closely involved in the playoff race: Prince George, Thomas Dale, Dinwiddie and Matoaca, and while on currently on the outside looking in, Colonial Heights is looking to make a run as well.
Drive Technology, a Chester-based race team, is gearing up for the K & N series’ Blue Ox 100 on Thursday evening at Richmond International Raceway. The goal for team owner Shayne Lockhart and his driver, 19 year old Sam Hunt is to eventually be racing under the lights on Saturday night. The team, comprised of many Chester residents, is poised to do so. “We’ve got a very dedicated crew; we’re here working to get better,” said Lockhart. “Most of our crew members remain dedicated while balancing full-time jobs and families.”
Driskill had an outstanding career at Matoaca high school, posting a .409 career batting average while racking up four All-Central District honors and two second-team All-Metro and All-Region honors playing behind the plate.
Jermott had a standout career at Thomas Dale, winning the 2010 Athlete of the Year award for the Knights. The junior has had a great season so far in 2013 setting personal bests in both the 60m and 200m.