The Jefferson baseball team, which had lost 14 consecutive games to Stone Bridge, upended the Bulldogs, 6-4, on Tuesday in the teams’ Virginia AAA Liberty District openers, knocking off a team ranked fifth in the Northern Region coaches’ poll.
The past two seasons, Stone Bridge had swept four games from the Colonials by a collective 49-1 score. Stone Bridge outscored Jefferson, 149-31, over the duration of the win streak.
The Jefferson lineup is predominately seniors, so many of the Colonials have been around for those recent drubbings.
“This is a great, great segue into the year proving to them if they play their game that they’ve been practicing that they can compete with any team in our district,” said second-year Jefferson Coach Craig Lewis, whose team was 0-14 in the Liberty last year.
“We knew we could compete with them, it was just a matter of making sure we were mentally ready. It’s definitely a confidence booster for the guys.”
Senior third baseman Michael Goodson went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI and closed out the game on the mound in relief of seniors Ian McConnell and Michael Chan.
Jefferson (2-0), which opened the season with a 10-0 nondistrict win over Wakefield, can make it two consecutive Liberty victories by topping South Lakes at home on Thursday.
During spring break, the Colonials are in the Let’s Play Two Tournament, hosted by Woodbridge and Potomac (Va.). They open with games Saturday against Osbourn Park and Lee and will play single games Monday and Wednesday of next week.
Wednesday’s baseball schedule