8:02 PM EDT, May 26, 2013
Warhill’s baseball players were consistently loud in the dugout during the Bay Rivers District baseball tournament championship game on Saturday against New Kent. In a good way, too, the kind of enthusiastic clapping and hollering that’s a sure sign a team is up.
It was all too much for one opposing fan, who opined loudly that it was no wonder the Lions got in trouble for their Harlem Shake video. To refresh: Back in March, Warhill’s players, like a number of athletic teams across the nation before them, made a video of themselves doing the Harlem Shake dance and posted it on YouTube.
School administration concluded that a couple of dance moves in the video were inappropriate and required that the Lions forfeit their much-anticipated season opener with York – one of the teams they tied for the 2012 Bay Rivers District title. While the Lions moved on, and the players have exhibited exemplary behavior throughout the 2013 season, the forfeit has dogged them in a practical way ever since.
With 14 wins and 3 losses, the Lions had the district’s best regular season record in actual games played. With the forfeit they finished 14-4 and shared the district championship with New Kent. That is in no way to say New Kent – which entered the tournament final on a nine-game win streak during which it outscored its opponents 73-18 – is an undeserving co-champ.
But it meant the district tournament championship game with New Kent would decide the district’s No. 1 seed into the Region I tournament: a designation the Lions would’ve already owned had they played and beaten York in the opener. And New Kent’s hot streak included a 9-3 win at Warhill so the Lions faced a big challenge.
But the Lions brought their “A” game on Saturday, getting great pitching, timely hitting and nearly flawless fielding, to beat the Trojans 6-2. The win gave them the district’s No. 1 seed in the regional and in a practical way rendered the Harlem Shake forfeit penalty harmless.
Having won their first district tournament, the Lions (17-4) try for their first regional tournament win on Monday at 3 p.m., when they host Caroline. You can bet there will be lots of noise in the dugout.
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