Talent on the diamond

Published 11:41 am Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The spring season of high school sports is young, but there are already achievements to highlight and celebrate from both Central High School and Kenston Forest School. This column doesn’t provide a comprehensive list, but hopefully, it will pique the interest of people in the community to support these teams by coming and seeing them in person.

First, the Central varsity baseball team has had exciting seasons as of late, led by a group of talented players who put the prospect of a state tournament berth on the table each of the last two years, and that group made this prospect a reality last year. But much of that group has graduated now, so it would be understandable if the Chargers were in for a considerable rebuilding period. Early performances this season indicate that is not the case, though.

The Chargers opened the season on the road at elite Goochland High School and fell 15-11 but put themselves in a position to actually win late. Then they proceeded to win their next three games, 13-1 over visiting Buckingham County High School, 6-3 over host Cumberland County High School and 12-5 over visiting Bluestone High School.

Kenston Forest School’s varsity softball team entered this season fresh off an appearance in the 2018 Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division III state championship game — with a young squad, no less. Those girls are back this year with more experience, and they are aided by Brunswick Academy transfer Peyton Coleman, who was the 2018 Virginia Colonial Conference Softball Player of the Year.

The Lady Kavaliers have opened the season 9-2 and experienced a tremendously dominant week last week, outscoring their opponents 79-2 across five games. In a March 18 doubleheader, they won 19-0 and 15-0 against visiting Westover Christian Academy. They topped visiting Amelia Academy 20-1 the next day, and on Saturday at the Dinwiddie Sports Complex, they routed Norfolk Academy by the same score and then beat Norfolk Christian School 5-0 to close their day.

The Chargers and Lady Kavaliers are doing some impressive things on the diamond. See the sports page for information about upcoming games for both teams.

Titus Mohler is the sports editor for The Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch and Farmville Newsmedia LLC. His email address is Titus.Mohler@ KVDispatch.com.