It was an eventful Tuesday in the Peninsula District with champions being decided in boys and girls soccer, a tie being forced atop the standings in baseball, and a couple of ejections that could factor into what happens the rest of the way.
Though the Kecoughtan boys and Gloucester girls clinched district titles in soccer, the game of the day was on the diamond. With a chance to clinch at least a tie for the championship, Hampton lost to Kecoughtan 5-4 in 10 innings. The Crabbers had the bases loaded with nobody out in the 10th, but the Warriors turned a 6-2-3 double play and got a strikeout to end it.
If there's no separation after Friday, Hampton and Menchville (both 14-3) will go to a one-game playoff Tuesday to decide who gets the automatic spot in the Eastern Region tournament.
The win came at a cost for the Warriors. Center fielder Tim Robinson was ejected after arguing with the home plate umpire, who had called him out on a stolen base attempt. By VHSL rules, Robinson will be suspended for Friday's game.
Also ejected Tuesday was Bethel boys soccer coach Jake Carel, who was given a red card at halftime for arguing a call. Unless the ruling is overturned, Carel will be unable to coach the Bruins' Thursday game against Hampton.
That's an important game for Bethel, which can claim the No. 3 seed in the district tournament — its highest ever — with a win.
Patriot to UDC
After making a splash in her one season in the Peninsula District, Denbigh's Taj Baldwin-Kollore has signed with the University of the District of Columbia's women's basketball program.
Baldwin-Kollore, who transferred from Olympia High in Orlando, Fla., prior to her senior year, was the PD's third-leading scorer last season at 19.5 points a game. She accounted for 57 percent of Denbigh's scoring.
"Taj is probably one of the best kids I know," Denbigh coach Jimmie Gerald said. "She has a heart of gold and exemplifies excellence on and off the court.
UDC is one of the top Division II programs in the nation. Under eighth-year coach Jay Butler, the Firebirds went 21-7 and made the NCAA tournament.
"I'm really excited about moving to the Capitol City and joining my new teammates," Baldwin-Kollore said. "UDC has a great coach and the team is very talented."
Woodside graduate Jordan Ritz, a freshman at Fairleigh Dickinson, was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week after going 8-for-16 and scoring four runs in a four-game stretch. Ritz is hitting .257 for the season and has 10 stolen bases in 14 attempts. …
Former Warwick catcher Sarah Atkins ended her career at Lenoir-Rhyne as the school's all-time leader with 46 home runs, 190 RBI and 109 walks. … Menchville grad Jharel Cotton, a freshman at East Carolina, is 8-0 with a 3.12 ERA. … Warwick grad Brandon Vick, a freshman at Longwood, is 5-2 with a 4.60 ERA. Teammate Aaron Myers from Denbigh is 1-0 with a 3.76 ERA and a team-leading three saves.
The Hampton Roads Top 20 High School Senior Classic, which will match an all-star basketball team from the Peninsula District vs. the Southside, will be played at Heritage 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $5. The Peninsula's roster includes Deron Powers (Williamsburg Christian), Tre Brown (Menchville), Nagee Davis (Woodside), Shaquille Tabb (Woodside), Darius Franklin (Menchville), Ben Sealy (Menchville), Josh Fortune (Kecoughtan), Cam Perry (Hampton), Isaiah Jones Clark (Phoebus) and Jalen Ford (Phoebus).Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times