Month: March 2017

Fort Chiswell defeats Eastside

(Photography courtesy Tina Quesenberry)

Max Meadows…The Fort Chiswell Pioneers scored three runs in the first and four in the second enroute to a 7-1 victory over the Eastside Spartans.

Dallas Beasley

Fort Chiswell (4-0) got a six inning pitching masterpiece from senior hurler Dallas Beasley.  He struck out 10 Spartans and walked two. He scattered six hits and gave up just one run. Chance Davis came in and pitched the seventh as he struck out two.

Jacob Coake had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run. Davis knocked in two runs, as did Leighton Dunford. Tanner Bailey scored twice as did junior Sean Morgan.

Eastside got two hits from Aaron Smallwood and Cole Harness. Harness knocked in Blake Rhoten for their lone run in the top of the fifth inning. Harness took the loss for the Spartans. The Pioneers jumped on him for all seven of their runs in the first two innings.

“We got off to a quick start and Dallas Beasley pitched extremely well for us. Eastside is a very good team,” said Pioneer head coach Derrick Jackson. “ We’re fielding much better too and that really helped.”

Jacob Coake

Fort Chiswell finished with 10 hits in the contest, as they committed zero errors for the first time in the four games they have played.

The Pioneers will play Narrows today at home with the first pitch to be at 5 pm.



Fort Chiswell 3 4 0   0 0 0   x – 7


Eastside         0 0 0   0 1 0   0 – 1


R H   E   LOB

Fort Chiswell   7 10   0     6

Eastside         1   7   1     8

Fort Chiswell – WP – Beasley (2-0)

Eastside       – LP – Harness


Cougars come from behind to beat Highlanders

Dublin…Playing on an overcast and chilly afternoon the Pulaski Co. Cougars saved the best for last as they scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh for an 8-7 comeback victory.

Down 5-1 going into the bottom of the fifth the Cougars loaded the bases with Trent Blankenship getting on by way of an error. Braeden Blevins and Jon Osteen both singled. Then Andrew Lowe hit a grand slam home run that hit off the base of the tennis court fence to tie the game.

Glenvar would come right back with a run in the top of the sixth as the Cougars were their own worst enemy committing their fifth error of the game that let Braden Smith  to reach base with two outs. Hunter Phlegar then singled Smith to third, but another error allowed Smith to score and Phlegar ended up at third. Hunter Shrewsbury then struck out Alex Thompson to end the inning. The Highlanders would expand their lead to 7-5 in the top of the seventh as Logan Lucas reached first on the Cougars seventh error of the game and for the sixth straight inning. Matt Pulliam laid down a sacrifice bunt and then Jacob Mullins drove Lucas in on a sharp single to left.

With it getting dark, the Cougars came up in the bottom of the seventh and Lowe flied out. Camden Underwood would draw a base on balls. Underwood would move up to second base after a wild pitch and Kam Hall would then drive a double into right centerfield to cut the margin to 7-6 with Underwood crossing the plate. After a strike out for the second out, the cardiac Cougars weren’t finished. Senior Tyler Waddell then would hit a double off the left field fence that knocked Hall in to tie the game. Then Jordan Lytton came up and with one ball and two strikes he would hit a single to right center that sent Waddell home for the winning run and a Cougar celebration at home plate.

“I’m so happy and proud of the guys tonight,” said Cougar coach Jared King. “This game of baseball can be a strange and crazy thing. We didn’t quit and we battled back not once but twice. I do believe in the past we wouldn’t have won this game. We would have folded. There are a lot of players that game up big. Alex Akers kept us in the game down 4-1. Lowe had a huge home run. Kam Hall had a big double; Tyler Waddell got a big tying double and then Jordan’s game winning single. I’m just proud of the guys.”

The Cougars improved to 5-1 and are on a five game winning streak. The longest streak in Coach King’s tenure as the Cougar head man. They won this game in spite of a season high seven errors. Sometimes you just have to shake your head and enjoy the win. Hunter Shrewsbury got the win in relieve as he made his first mound appearance of the season.

Pulaski Co. will hit the road as they travel to Hillsville to take on Carroll Co. this afternoon. First pitch is slated for 5 pm, weather permitting.



Glenvar       0 1 3   0 1 1 1- 7

Pulaski Co. 0 1 0 0 4 0 3- 8


R     H   E   LOB

Glenvar     7     10   1     3

Pul. Co.   8     13   7   8



Glenvar – LP – Phlegar


Pul. Co. – WP – Shrewsbury – (1-0)

Scores for Thursday March 30


Pulaski Co. 8 Glenvar 7

Fort Chiswell 7 Eastside 1

James River 8 Radford 7

Chilhowie 12 Marion 2

Cave Spring 8 Blacksburg 6

Salem 4 Christiansburg 1

PH – Glade Spring 5 Eastern Montgomery 1

Carroll Co 13  Giles 4

Patrick Henry 1 Hidden Valley 0


Chilhowie 4 Marion 2

Galax 15 Narrows 1


Radford gets big win over Craig Co.

New Castle…The Radford Bobcats jumped on the Craig Co. Rockets in the very first inning scoring seven times enroute to a 14-3 thumping- five inning- slaughter rule win.

Ty Hamblin led the Bobcats as he scorched a home run over the right centerfield fence, knocked in two and scored twice. Matt Rehab scored twice also and had two RBIs. Roman Bonet scored twice and knocked in three to help Chance Morris on the mound. Morris went three innings as he struck out four and walked one.

Craig Co. scored all their runs in the bottom of the fourth as Jessie Brizendine, Christian Fisher and Dalton McPherson all scored a run. Fisher had one RBI and the other two Craig Co. runs were unearned. Brizendine took the loss as he pitched three innings giving up 10 hits and 11 runs of which nine were earned runs. He walked three and struck out three.

“I’m glad we jumped on them early but we lost some focus,” said Bobcat coach Greg Ridpath. “I thought our three pitchers threw strikes but offensively we struck out too many times. We need to get more consistent with the bats and we will.”

Radford scored in all five innings as they improved to 3-2 on the season. Eleven different Bobcat players had at least one hit and eight had one RBI. Nine Radford players scored one run or more in the five-inning game.

Radford will play today at home versus James River of Buchanan. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 pm.



Radford 7 3 1   2 1 x   x – 14

Craig Co. 0 0 0   3 0 x   x – 3



R     H   E   LOB

Radford   14   12   3     9


Craig Co.   3   4     2     3


Radford   – WP – Morris (1-0)

Craig Co. – LP – Brizendine

Results for Wednesday March 29


Radford 14 Craig Co. 3 – 5 inns

Grayson Co. 15 Giles 11

Richlands 5 Graham 4


Carroll Co. 1 Cave Spring 0 -( Sydney Nester of Carroll Co.- No Hitter – 16 K’s)

Grayson Co. 13  Bland Co.  0

Christiansburg 13 Giles 0 -5 inns.

Cougars defeat Blue Demons in a pitching dual

Christiansburg…Can you say pitching performance? The Cougars and Blue Demons hooked up in a pitching dual and the Cougars senior southpaw Thomas Anderson came through with a five hit shutout to pitch the Cougars to a 2-0 victory. It’s the Cougars fourth consecutive win and Anderson’s second win of the season.

Anderson’s only struggle occurred in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. He surrendered a single to left and then hit a Demon batter in the leg. John Tuck then singled to left to load the bases, but Anderson then struck out Hunter Davis to end the game and preserve the shutout.

Christianburg’s starting pitcher Alex Perkins matched pitch for pitch with Anderson as he had shutout the Cougars after four innings and had thrown a no-hitter. The Cougars’ Dylan Danner drew a leadoff walk to start the top of the fifth. Jordan Lytton then laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that moved Danner to second and then he went to third on Perkins wild pitch. Trent Blankenship then came up and after fouling off four or five pitches struck out for the second out. Leadoff man Braeden Blevins then hit a slow roller past the pitcher that he easily beat out for the Cougar first hit and Danner scored.

With the game still 1-0 in the top of the seventh, the Cougars (4-1) again got a leadoff walk from Danner. He would steal second base and then advance to third on a wild pitch. With the Blue Demons playing in on the grass, Lytton popped out to shortstop for the first out. Blankenship would then battle at the plate and this time drew a base on balls. Blevins would once again come to the plate and with Blankenship running at first, he would hit a grounder that would send Danner home for the second run. Blevins knocked in both runs, as he was one for three. Danner was officially zero for one at the plate, but he drew two huge walks and Lytton was zero for two but had one big sacrifice hit. Anderson went seven innings for a complete game. He gave up just five hits, walked only one and hit two batters. He had four strikeouts and threw only 79 pitches.

Cougar head coach Jared King said, ”What a pitching performance by Thomas Anderson! We did a lot of little things that won this game for us. Big sacrifice hit, couple walks, couple stolen bases and a timely base hit. I’m very proud of the guys and how they battled here today.” He then remarked, ”This is a big win for us and hopefully gives the guys some confidence. This game today is why you play the game. Every batter, every pitch was important, and it’s exciting to win one like this. We found a way to win it.” Close to the end of the game there was rainbow that was just behind the baseball field. The Cougars found the gold at the end of it with this win and pitching performance.

The Cougars will be back in action Thursday as they host Glenvar at Cougar Field. First pitch is slated for 5 pm.



R   H E   LOB

Pulaski Co.       2   1 1   6


Christiansburg   0   5 2   5



Pulaski Co. – WP – Anderson – (2-1)

C-burg       – LP – Perkins

Scores for Tues. March 28


Pulaski Co. 2 Christiansburg 0

Fort Chiswell  vs Marion – PPD.

Hidden Valley 5 Blacksburg 1

Holston 11 Castlewood 0 – 5 inns.

PH – Glade Spring 14 Northwood 3

Tenn. High 7  Va. High 0

Salem 12 Patrick Henry 2


Christiansburg 19 Pulaski Co. 5 – 6 inns.

Grayson Co. 8 Marion 2

Radford defeats Bland Co. in five innings

Bastian…The Radford Bobcats jumped on the Bland Co. Bears early with two runs in the first and four more in the second as they rolled over the bears in five innings 17-2.

Trace Shepherd led Radford (2-2) as he went three for four at the plate. He knocked in four and scored twice. Ty Hamblin and Michael Wheeler both had two hits. Humbling scored three times and Wheeler crossed the dish twice. Roman Benet, Taylor Newcome, Bryce Young as well as Conner Phillips all scored two runs each. The Bobcats had a season high 13 hits and Newcome picked up the win. He tossed two innings giving up two runs, three hits. He also walked four and struck out three.

Bland Bears had five hits in the loss as Austin Chewing was two of three and scored a run. Deyin King, Dylan Jackson and Jake Watters had one hit each. King scored a run as Chase Dillow and Garrett Steffey had an RBI each. Watters was the losing pitcher, as he couldn’t get out of the second inning. He struck out three but his wildness led to seven base-on-balls and five runs, with four of those earned.

“We finally hit the ball tonight and I thought our pitchers came through for us,” said Bobcat head coach Greg Ridpath.

Radford used not only Newcome on the mound in the five inning game, but Reese Williamson went two as he struck out three and gave up just one hit. Chance Morris went the other inning striking out two and walking one.

The Bobcats scored in every inning as their pitchers shut the Bears down except in the bottom of the third, when the Bears scored both their runs.

Radford will be back in action Wednesday as the travel to Craig Co. First pitch is slated for 5 pm.


R   H   E LOB

Radford     2 4 2   4 5 x   x – 17   13   1   8

Bland Co. 0 0 2   0 0 x   x –   2     5   4   9



Radford – WP – Newcome (1-0)


Bland Co. – LP – Watters