Terriers waste another strong pitching effort in 1-0 loss to Northside

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Macon Hale takes a pitch on the elbow in last week’s
game at Lord Botetourt. PHOTO BY BRIAN HOFFMAN
Byrd catcher Bryce Mullen stretches to catch a throw to the
plate against Rockbridge. PHOTO BY BRIAN HOFFMAN

Derrick Chocklett pitched a gem on the mound for William Byrd Tuesday but it wasn’t enough as the Terriers dropped a 1-0 baseball game at Northside.

Chocklett allowed just three hits while fanning six in his best outing of the season. The senior missed most of the first half of the season with an injury, but he’s been coming on strong in the second half.

On Tuesday at Northside Derrick breezed through the first five innings, battling Northside pitcher Evan Parks, who was also having a good day. Byrd had a runner thrown out at the plate in the fifth that was the potential go-ahead run.

The Vikings finally scored in the bottom of the sixth on a walk, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt and a two-out seeing-eye single that slipped through the three-four hole. That was the only run of the game.

“Derrick pitched great but we couldn’t get him any runs,” said Byrd coach Neil Zimmerman as Byrd was held to three hits, singles by Jay Trail, Gehrig Spradlin and Bryce Mullen.

The loss was the fifth in a row for the Terriers. Last week on back-to-back days it was first inning troubles for the Byrdmen. On Wednesday at home they allowed six unearned runs to Rockbridge in the first inning of a 9-5 loss. Grant Watson had three hits, Macon Hale and Mitch Lyle had two each and Trail had a bases loaded three-run double. Spradlin took the loss on the mound despite allowing just three earned runs.

On Thursday at Lord Botetourt the Cavs exploded for five in the first and two in the second, belting three home runs. Mullen and Hunter Meador had two hits each for Byrd and Bryce Boothe took the loss on the mound.

“We didn’t do anything wrong, they just outhit us,” said Zimmerman.

Byrd took a 5-11 record to the diamond Wednesday as they played host to Alleghany.  On Saturday the Terriers have a makeup game at Hidden Valley with the jayvees at 11 am and the varsity at approximately 1:30 pm.