Chargers take another win

Published 6:07 pm Tuesday, May 4, 2021

By James J. Lidington

Isle of Wight Academy

Christian Biernot’s RBI bunt with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a 3-3 tie, clearing the way for an Isle of Wight Academy victory over Amelia Academy, 7-3, on Thursday.

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The win ran the Chargers’ record to a perfect 6-0 with a key stretch of games coming this week.

After outscoring three opponents 52-9 the week before, the Chargers showed they knew how to win a pair of close games.

Sophomore Alex Holt pitched two innings in relief to earn the win for Isle of Wight versus Amelia; Dustin Moon led the way for IWA with two hits, scoring two runs.

James Thompson and Jackson Cofer were the only other IWA players to collect hits, as the home team struggled to find a solution against Amelia pitching, which allowed only two hits and two earned runs in the first three innings.

Four IWA pitchers allowed only three hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking five Amelia batters.

The Chargers plated a trio of runs in its final at-bat to surge past the visiting Brunswick Academy Vikings Tuesday.

Moon, Biernot, Trevor Mason and Trent Holland each collected two hits for IWA. Holland pitched three no-hit innings to pick up the win.

IWA was ranked seventh in the initial Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Div. II Poll. Brunswick was ranked fifth in Div. III, the smallest VISAA grouping, by each school’s enrollment. Amelia received a pair of votes in the same division.

IWA squared off against Greenbrier Christian, the No. 2 team in Div. II in the first poll, at 6 p.m. Monday at Hampton’s historic War Memorial Stadium. The Chargers were also set to play at Kenston Forest, No. 6 in Div. III, and Fuqua, No. 3 in Div. III, Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. Game times are at 4:30 p.m.

The IWA softball team won Thursday’s home conference game against Amelia Academy by a score of 22-2 to run its record to 2-5, 2-3 in the Virginia Colonial Conference.

Brunswick downed the Chargers 7-5 Tuesday. The day before, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy topped IWA 6-0.

The Lady Chargers are ranked fourth in VISAA Div. II and also travel to Kenston and Fuqua. They are also scheduled to host Southampton Wednesday.

The IWA soccer team defeated Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 3-0 Monday.

The IWA golf team plays host to its tournament this week, teeing off at 3 p.m. Thursday at Cypress Creek Golfers Club in Smithfield.