Baseball: Staunton River Baseball begins district play with two wins

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By Denton Day

By: Denton Day
Sports Editor

Staunton River baseball has been on a tear as of late. Since losing to Jefferson Forest 3-1 on March 17 the Golden Eagles have not lost.

The team officially started district play on Wednesday April 11 with a dominating 13-3 win over Fleming in five innings. Two days later the Golden Eagles traveled to Lord Botetourt to face off against the Cavaliers and picked up their second district win in three days with a 9-6 victory.

Against Fleming, a triple from Nick Funk drove in Brock Porter in the first inning to start the scoring for Staunton River. Clay Shell came in to run for Funk and scored on a wild pitch to give Staunton River a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

In the second inning the Golden Eagles posted a blistering 9 run inning to go up 11-0. The high school mercy rule is a 10-run lead after five innings, Staunton River hit that mark after two innings.

Fleming was able to put three runs on the board in the fifth inning, making the score 12-3 and keeping the game alive. But Austin Woolwine put the game to rest with a sacrifice fly that scored Shell and gave Staunton River the win.

Woolwine picked up the win pitching two innings and striking out one batter and went 1-3 at the plate with a double and 2 RBI. Nick Funk went 2-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Logan Ball went 2-2 with a double and a RBI, Eddie Blake hit a double and drove in a run and Shell scored three runs.

Two days later Staunton River was again able to get ahead on the scoreboard in the first two innings.

Josh Thomas scored on a bases loaded walk in the second inning. With the bases still loaded Funk hit a ground ball to the shortstop for a single and drove two runs in. Staunton River led 3-0 after two innings.

Lord Botetourt added a run in the third inning. In the fourth the Golden Eagles again scored three runs and extended their lead to 6-1.  Matt Marrs started the scoring with a bunt that scored Aiden Brown.

An error by the Cavaliers pitcher led to Turner Crouch crossing home plate for the fifth run of the night. Ball ended the scoring with a single that scored Marrs.

Lord Botetourt got as close as 6-4 but in the fifth inning Staunton River scored another three runs to go up 9-4 and went on to win 9-6.

Blake pitched four innings, allowed 10 hits and struck out five batters for the win. Ball went 2-3 with a double and three RBI, Funk went 2-4 with two RBI–and now has nine RBI in the last three games–and Matt Mars drove in two runs with one hit and scored a run.

Staunton River (8-1, 2-0) leads the Blue Ridge District standings and hosts William Byrd on Friday April 20 at 6:30 p.m.