The 9-10 year olds representing the Matoaca Athletic Association have enjoyed an undefeated regular season, and they took another step toward the championship trophy with a 6-2 victory over Jacobs Road on a recent steamy Saturday afternoon at Harry Daniel Park.
The baseball team, under the guidance of co-head coaches Doug Pond and Robbie Williams, improved its record to 17-0 with the win.
Matoaca got off to an uncustomary slow start, falling behind Jacobs 2-1 in the early going. A tremendous double play in the top of the third ended a Jacobs rally and seemed to spark the Indians’ attack. Brandon Pond ranged behind third from his shortstop position to coral a pop-up and then fired a strike to the plate to double-up the tagging runner, ending the threat.
In the bottom of the third, the lower end of the line-up responded with back-to-back doubles from Tyler Marcinkevicius and Emani Otey, allowing Matoaca to take the lead 3-2. A single run in the fourth and two more in the fifth sealed the deal. Connor Simpkins relieved Ryan Smith in the fourth, pitching shutout ball the rest of the way. Kyle Williams and Jacob Carter both helped protect the lead by turning in fine defensive plays from their infield positions.
“We’re a better team than we showed today,” Pond said. “The Jacobs pitchers weren’t throwing real hard and we were a little too anxious.”
The CBC playoffs conclude this week.