Baseball: Revenge, walk-off style

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Staunton River defeats Jefferson Forest in rematch

By Denton Day

By: Denton Day
Sports Editor

It felt like Deja Vu for the Golden Eagles on Saturday. Entering the sixth inning of a rematch with Jefferson Forest tied 1-1 and the Cavaliers broke the tie in the sixth inning just as they had the week before. Only this time Staunton River responded in the seventh inning to win, in walk-off fashion, 5-4.

Powers Muller drove in two runs with a double and the Cavaliers scored another on a wild throw to take a 4-1 lead, one upping their 3-1 lead from the previous week.

The Golden Eagles had their final opportunity down three with two outs in the seventh. Staunton River managed to slowly put runners on base one-by-one and loaded the bases.

“We were down to our last swing at three straight at bats,” Brian Divers said. “I told the guys in the sixth inning, just go out and do what we do.”

Brock Porter drove in the first run to make it 4-2 and Porter reached first base. Runs three and four happened quickly tying the game 4-4 and moving Porter, the winning run, to third.

“We scored four runs and didn’t hit the ball out of the infield,” Divers said with a smile. “That’s just  baseball.”

A high pitch sailed out of the strike zone and bounced off the backstop. Porter raced home and scored the winning run to give Staunton River a 5-4 victory avenging last week’s loss–the Golden Eagles’ lone loss this season–to the Cavaliers.

“I’m very proud of how we competed there at the end,” Divers said. “When we started looking like a tee-ball team in the top of the sixth we could’ve put our heads down and quit. But we didn’t, that’s always good to see.”

Porter pitched five innings for the Golden Eagles and finished with seven strikeouts.

Muller had two RBIs for Jefferson Forest. Porter drove one run in and Eddie Blake hit a solo-homer in the second inning for the Golden Eagles.

Staunton River moves to 4-1 on the season sitting atop the Blue Ridge District with a two-game lead over Northside. The Golden Eagles will be on the road Wednesday to take on James River at 7 p.m.

Jefferson Forest, which lost to LCA the previous night 3-0, falls to 1-2 following the loss to Staunton River. The Cavaliers are in action next on Friday March 30 to take on E.C. Glass at City Stadium in Lynchburg at 5 p.m.