SALEM — Chad Anderson took a four-year hiatus as Chatham High School’s baseball coach and spent part of the time playing on two miniature golf tours.
There was nothing small about the holes his batting order blasted in Glenvar’s defense Thursday.
Led by a record-setting performance by junior cleanup man Brad Adkins, the Cavaliers ripped 11 hits and finished off a rain-delayed 15-4 Region 2C semifinal victory over the Highlanders at Kiwanis Field.
Chatham (20-4) will play Appomattox County, a 5-2 winner over Fort Chiswell, in today’s championship game at 6 p.m. at Liberty Christian Academy.
The Cavaliers are looking to repeat their 2018 region title.
“We swing the bat. We run well,” Anderson said. “We’ve got a pretty good team.”
The game began Wednesday and was halted by rain with Chatham leading 4-2 in the first inning as the Cavaliers had the bases loaded with one out.
Glenvar was forced to make a pitching change as Thursday starter Cameron Wiley was one pitch over the limit that prevents hurlers from working two days in a row.
Chatham added five runs to the four they scored Thursday for a 9-2 lead, and the Cavaliers never looked back.
The Highlanders (12-10) also were without cleanup hitter Jeb Secrist, who suffered a knee injury after hitting an RBI single and scoring one of the Highlanders’ two first-inning runs Thursday.
“Being down four starters is tough,” first-year Glenvar coach Jeremy Cromer said. “We lost [Secrist] yesterday. We lost our starting right fielder to an ankle in the previous game.
“Then we had a senior that left [the team]. We battled through it. It just wasn’t our day.”
The top five men in Chatham’s
lineup — Graham Dalton, Grayson Reed, Matt Arnold, Adkins and Andrew Potojecki — all had two hits apiece.
Arnold drove in four runs with two singles and a sacrifice fly. Reed had an RBI triple. Potojecki smacked two RBI doubles.
Topping the list, Adkins had two run-scoring singles to give him 54 RBIs on the year, breaking the VHSL single-season record.
“That’s impressive,” Anderson said. “He has bought into everything we have done. He’s been a big part of our success so far. He’s had a great attitude all year.”
Chatham’s two-day win was its second in the last two years. The Cavaliers were tied with Fort Chiswell in last year’s semifinals before pulling out a victory.
“Same thing,” Adkins said. “We got rained out in a tie game. Came back the next day. Last time, they had the momentum and we came back and scored a run as soon as we got here. This time, we had the momentum when they stopped us.”
Glenvar collected nine hits against four Chatham pitchers with Reed getting the win in three innings of relief.
Senior catcher Justice Forster had a double and two singles, capping his career with a belly slide into home plate after a double by Dakota Hensel.
Forster said the 9-2 first-inning deficit did not affect his team’s effort.
“I think there’s always hope, especially in games like this to the seniors where winning is everything,” he said.