Generals clinch Group 1A state berth in baseball
Stonewall Jackson’s baseball team clinched a Group 1A state berth Wednesday with an offensive outburst and solid pitching from junior Nick Dotson that overwhelmed Lancaster 13-0 in the Region 1A East semifinals held in Weems.
“We’re the first baseball team in school history to go to the state tournament,” Generals coach Mike Lenox said in a phone interview Wednesday night. “It’s a great feeling. I’m just glad to be a part of that.”
Lenox said that the Generals got off to a solid start and just kept it going throughout the game. The Generals scored a run in the first and two in the second for a 3-0 edge.
They extended the lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth and then put the game out of reach with a five-run sixth inning.
Stonewall Jackson beat Central-Lunenberg on Monday on the road, 4-3, and Lenox said his players are really enjoying the road trips and playing well.
“We’re peaking at the right time, and I think that’s really been the key,” Lenox said. “I told the guys once you get to tournament time anybody can win at any time. I told them at the first of the year they had the ability to do great things, they just had to believe in their ability.”
Lenox said that he also believes playing in the tough Shenandoah District has helped prepare them for the postseason.
Dotson allowed just four hits and had no walks in picking up a complete game shutout.
“I just told him to get after it,” Lenox said of Dotson. “We got some runs for him, and played great defense behind him.”
The Generals pounded out 20 hits in the victory. Dotson led the way with four hits. Dylan Vann and Tyler Somers each had three hits. Cole Holsinger had two hits, including a home run and three RBIs.
The Generals play at Windsor on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Windsor is coached by Skyline graduate Eli McEathron and advanced to the Group 1A state tournament last year as well.
Regardless of what happens Friday, the Generals will play next week in the Group 1A state tournament. The semifinals will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 9 at Calfee Park in Pulaski. The finals will be held at Radford University at on June 10 at 10 a.m.