The Hanover varsity baseball team will return to the 4A State championship game. The Hawks defeated Harrisonburg High School, 31-3 on Friday afternoon to advance to the finals. Hanover will play for their fourth championship in five years.
After two regional games that ended in extra-inning walk-off runs, the Hawks left no doubt the outcome of this one. In the bottom of the first inning, a Nolan Caler hit led to two runs to put the Hawks up 4-0. Hanover would add four more runs to end the inning and would follow up with an 11 run second inning. None of Hanover’s runs were home runs as the Hawks had their best hitting performance of the season. Hanover’s highest game had been a 15 run victory over Highland Springs. Hanover had scored a combined 6 runs in the regional finals and semi-finals games. Jack Dragum was the starting pitcher and Eric Anderson pitched the final two innings for the Hawks.
Saturday’s finals will be a rematch of last year’s championship, as the Hawks will face Liberty Christian. Liberty Christian defeated Great Bridge, 7-4 to advance. Hanover defeated Great Bridge in the 4A East Region championship game in an eight inning duel 4-3. In the 2016 championship game, Hanover defeated Liberty, 13-12. The teams met up in April with Hanover winning 5-4. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, 1 PM at Salem Stadium. Go Hawks!