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Cavs edge M-Men nine

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Prevail 4-0 behind Breeden

By Mike Forster

 

You can call it a moral victory.  But the Minutemen baseball crew seems quite a bit more interested in the victories that show up in the W-L standings.

Liberty played Jefferson Forest tough, once again.  But it was the crew from Forest that prevailed, sweeping its season series with the Minutemen by virtue of a 4-0 win at Liberty's Jim Cutler Field.

It comes on the heels of a 2-1 win by JF over the Minutemen at Forest.

The win kept the Cavs in contention for the Seminole District's regular season crown.

Credit the superb pitching of Jefferson Forest's Jon-Ryan Breeden.  The solid southpaw went the distance, limiting the M-Men to six hits for the evening.  He also struck out 11.

"Jon-Ryan didn't give us a chance to get back in it," lamented Liberty Head Coach Mike Thompson.  "JF played solid, as they always do.  You have to make your own hay against them."

JF's Taylor Bell made his own hay, drawing a leadoff walk from Liberty starter Denver Aud to open the game, and scoring on Ryan Crist's sharply hit double.

As it turned out, that's all the offense Breeden would need.  Nevertheless, he got more in the form of Tyler Lucy's pair of doubles, Bell, who drove home a pair of runs, and Zach Coleman, who managed to get aboard three separate times.

"I told [my team] coming in that Liberty thinks they can win this game," said JF Head Coach Jim Thacker.  "We're fortunate to get out of here with the win.  Our kids did well and battled when they had to."

 

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Jefferson Forest's road ahead  is a simple one:  Beat Amherst tonight (Wednesday at home) for a share of the district crown.  Lose, and settle for second.  "We have to put the ball in play and make them make mistakes," said Thacker, of the Amherst challenge.

Liberty, meanwhile, by virtue of topping Brookville earlier in the week, is 3-7, and could find itself playing at home in the first round of the district playoffs, if the Minutemen take care of business against Glass (which was to have been played on Tuesday, but was postponed).

 

Touching gesture

The Liberty baseball program paid tribute to Jackie Hagood during the team's game with Jefferson Forest on Friday evening. 

Mrs. Hagood, who passed away suddenly last year, was the mother of two members of the Minutemen program:  Lucas and Zach Sullivan.  

The two ballplayers took their places near third base as it was announced that the base would be presented to them with signatures of all the Liberty players.  Then the crowd observed a moment of silence in honor of Mrs. Hagood.  

After the brief ceremony, the boys' teammates surrounded them to wish them well.  Lucas, a relief pitcher, is a senior who will attend Roanoke College next year.  Zach, who plays outfield and first base for the JV, is a sophomore.