Raiders baseball faces Chatham tonight for regional title

The Appomattox County High School Raiders baseball team is the only one of the school's team sports that has survived to compete for a regional playoff championship with a 5-2 win over Fort Chiswell in last night's semifinal game in Salem. 

The Raiders boys soccer team was eliminated Monday, as well as the girls soccer team Wednesday and the softball team yesterday. Tennis completed its playoff season last week. The outdoor state track and field championships are taking place today and tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, Raider baseball is scheduled to face Chatham tonight at 6 p.m. at Lynchburg Christian Academy for the VHSL Region 2C Championship. 

Win or lose, the Raiders qualify to compete in the VHSL Class 2 State Tournament beginning next week. 

Luke Olimpio blasted a solo home run in the top of the sixth inning off of Fort Chiswell pitcher Logan Edwards to break a scoreless tie, giving Appomattox a 1-0 lead. 

Jacob Johnson drove in the game-winning run with a single to left field, scoring Conner Patterson to go up 3-0. With Ryan Berry at the plate, Adam Dillon scored from third on a wild pitch to complete the four-run inning. 

Fort Chiswell gave Appomattox a scare by responding with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but stranded two base runners as the Raiders survived without further damage. 

Raiders pitcher Johnny Hamlett pitched a complete game and got out of fifth and sixth-inning jams to hold on for the win. The defense helped Hamlett with some excellent play during the course of the game. 

For further game coverage, see the June 5 edition of the Times Virginian.