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Builders Score First Win Over Va. Wesleyan Since 1996 In 12-2 Victory

Builders Score First Win Over Va. Wesleyan Since 1996 In 12-2 Victory

HAMPTON, VA. – Freshman Chris Aldridge went 3-for-5, while four other Builders had a pair of hits apiece as the Apprentice School continued its offensive spurt with a 12-2 win over Virginia Wesleyan College on Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium.

This was the first win over the Marlins since a 7-4 win on Mar. 22, 1996 at the Chowan College Tournament.

The Builders jumped on starter Jarrett Hagwood for three runs in the first inning Josh Tuck walked and advanced on a Ryan Wagner single.  Chris Kennedy followed with a RBI double to score Tuck, while Wagner and Kennedy later scored on a double from Aldridge for an early 3-0 advantage.

Another three runs were put up by the hosts in the third as Andrew Hooper hit a sacrifice fly to score Chris Perry who started the inning with a single.  Andrew Yonta then followed with a double to left to score Lake and Aldridge who had walked and singled respectively to lead 6-0. The Builders put another pair of runs across in the fourth on a two-run single by Hooper to score Kennedy and Wagner to take a 8-0 lead.

Sophomore Ethan Halberg held the Marlins in check for seven innings allowing four hits, one run and striking out six.  The run came in the top of the seventh on a RBI single from Tom Caskey to score Buddy Lawson who drew a one-out walk.

Apprentice School responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh as Tuck ripped a RBI double down the right field line to score Yonta  who had singled and Wagner followed with a single up the middle to score Tuck to lead 10-1.

The Marlins scratched another run in the eighth as Josh Hathaway tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Steve Jones.  In the home half of the eighth, the Builders scored another pair of runs courtesy of a wild pitch and a balk.

Joining Aldridge in the multi-hit ranks on Thursday were Tuck (2-for-4/two runs scored), Wagner (2-for-2/two runs scored), Kennedy (2-for-5/two runs scored) and Yonta (2-for-5/two RBI).  Hooper drove in a game-high three runs with his double and sacrifice fly.

Wagner did break a school record on Thursday being hit by a pitch twice in the game to raise his season total to a school-best 19 times he's been hit by a pitch this year.  Tuck held the record being hit 18 times last season.

The Builders (20-12) are now off until Monday when they host Thomas Nelson CC in a 4 pm start at War Memorial Stadium.



A couple of schedule adjustments were announced on Thursday for the baseball team.  The April 27 doubleheader with Danville CC will now start at 1 pm instead of noon.  The April 22 single game with Rappahannock CC will now be played on April 28 at 6 pm.  That game will be Senior Night for the Builders.