The New River Valley Tigers playing In Radford and then at Va. Tech took three of four baseball games. They defeated the Seminoles 7-3 in the opener as Grayson Co.’s Shawn Campbell pitched three strong innings for the win, late Friday afternoon.
The Tigers then early Saturday morning played perhaps their worse game in three years as they lost to the Richmond Braves 10-4. They surrendered seven unearned runs as they committed errors, threw wild pitches and just didn’t play smart baseball. After a strong talking to, they would come back to hammer Garciaparra Group 16-3, in a game played at Radford Municipal Field Saturday afternoon. In the beatdown of Garciaparra, Campbell and Jacob Stuart of Galax both hit home runs that cleared the 375 ft. sign in left center. Stuart has four RBIs, as did Campbell. They both scored three runs each. Fort Chiswell’s Leighton Dunford went three for three with an RBI. He also picked up the mound win.
The Tigers last game of the weekend saw them shutout TBC 6-0 a squad from Grottoes, Virginia area. Campbell pitched a great game as he went five innings, struck out eight and gave up just one hit. He at one point struck out five in a row before fatigue set in. He walked two batters both in the fifth. He was relieved by Stuart for the last couple innings. Campbell once again helped himself at the plate going two for three, scored a run and knocked in one. Stuart continued his great weekend as well going two for three scoring a run and driving in one.
For the weekend Campbell was eight for 11, seven runs scored and six RBIs. He also got two of the mound wins. Stuart played his last games for the NRV Tigers as he is off to UVA-Wise to further his education and play ball for the Cavs, was seven of 10, eight RBIs and scored two runs. Logan Altizer and Chris Meredith also played their final games for the Tigers as they are heading to play for UVA-Wise and Concord, respectfully. Altizer played at Cave Spring and Meredith for Grayson Co.
Fort Chiswell junior to be Leighton Dunford went five for 10 and got a mound win. Tiger head coach Todd Davis said, ” I’m pleased how we responded after the loss. We hit the ball really well .” He then added, ” Shawn Campbell had a heck of a weekend for us, hitting and pitching. Jacob Stuart also had a great four games. We surely going to miss, Jacob, Logan, and Chris. I wish them all the very best as they head to college. ”
The Tigers with their three wins improved to 9-2-2 on the summer circuit and will play this weekend in Salem at Kiwanis Field. Their schedule will be posted as soon as it is released.