VA/DC Playoff Quick Hits: Class 5A Region A Quarterfinals


Jason Burton
PBR Virginia/DC Scouting Coordinator

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On Thursday I took in three Class 5A Region A quarterfinal games at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, VA. Today we take a look back at all the action with game recaps, video highlights, and some notes on a few players that stood out in those games.

Gloucester vs Hickory

To start, we have the first game of the day between the Hickory Hawks and the Gloucester Dukes. The #2 seeded Hawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead via an Austin Jones double to left field that would score Jonny Pascale. Jones' double was followed up by a Cooper Newell ground out that pushed Jones across and made it 2-0 Hickory. That score would hold for a bit while Hawks starter Cooper Newell (JMU) and Dukes starter Bailey Hudgins (Thomas Nelson CC) would make quick work of opposing hitters. In the fourth inning the Dukes would pull within one on an RBI single. That would be as close as Gloucester would get, as 2022 Jacob Smith extended the Hawks lead with a RBI double in the top of the sixth, making it 3-1. The winning pitcher was Cooper Newell who threw five innings, struck out seven, and gave up one earned run. Hudgins threw a complete game, scattering five hits, and gave up no earned runs. Branden Walsh got the save for the Hawks, working a quick two innings in twenty-one pitches.