Cavaliers begin season shutting out Washington & Lee

In the first start of the season, sophomore pitcher Travis Shumate looked more like a polished senior than a sophomore taking the mound in the first start of his varsity career.

Shumate struck out seven while shutting out the visitors from Washington & Lee on March 21.

"Travis was tough today," said King William coach Jay Blanton. "He showed a lot of composure and command on the mound. He was able to stay ahead of hitters, and if he fell behind, he kept battling back. This was his first varsity start and he proved that he belonged."

The Cavaliers offense raked in the batters box, scoring four runs to put space between King William and the struggling Washington & Lee offense.

King William scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning when Jacob Shepherd beat out an infield single to reach base. Then with two outs, Adam Schools lined a double to right field which was followed by an RBI double by Jake Darsky.

The Cavaliers added to their lead in the third and fourth innings with two hits by Ryan Huffman along with hits by Dylan Leach, Shumate and Schools giving them a 3-0 lead after four innings.

Shawn Parker and Shumate combined with two singles to give the Cavaliers their final run.

"I thought we hit the ball well today, but honestly we left too many runners on base," Blanton said. "We could have put up seven or eight with all the runners we left on base, however it is early and I know if we continue to put the ball in play we will be fine."

"This is a great group of players, who like each other and have worked hard in the off season, which is one of the reasons I think we are off to such a great start," the coach said. "We still have a lot of baseball to play but I really like this team right now."

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