By Owen GotimerBy Darrian Pickett
Viva Loudoun College Intern
Leesburg (May 23, 2014) – During a night game on May 21, the Tuscarora High School varsity baseball beat Briar Woods, 5-3, winning the first ever playoff baseball game in Tuscarora’s short four-year school history. In those four years, head coach Mark Bauer has led the Huskies to 30 total wins.
On May 21, the Huskies were focused and took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the third inning, Tuscarora’s sophomore infielder Bryce Pearson hit a triple for the Huskies. An RBI from senior outfielder Jake Skov sent Pearson to the plate, and the Huskies collected their second run of the night.
“I was pumped to be in scoring position to help my team take a bigger lead,” Pearson said.
Tuscarora got three more runs that brought the score to 5-1 by the fifth inning. The Falcons were able to bring the game within two at the top of the seventh inning.
After throwing a few balls, the Huskies’ pitcher, senior Gavin Wall, struck out one batter while the last Falcon batter hit a fly out to a Tuscarora center fielder to end the game.
When asked how he coped with the pressure of getting the last outs of the inning, with the Falcons only down by two, Wall said, “It wasn’t as much pressure as it was frustration. I really wanted those strike calls because I was really tired at that point, and I was having trouble finding the plate. Also, with all the run support my team gave me, I didn’t want to let Briar [Woods] back in it.”
All-Potomac District outfielder Dalton Wagner was excited to be moving forward to the semifinals.
“It’s so exciting to reach our goals this season and to be playing this well as a team. People are getting excited and supporting us,” said Wagner.
The Huskies face the Freedom Eagles May 23 in the Conference 14 semifinals at Freedom High School in South Riding.
Darrian Pickett is a graduate of Tuscarora High School where she was a standout athlete and she will be the sports editor and managing editor for the student publication at the UVA-Wise next year.