DRY FORK — Lord Botetourt jumped on Tunstall for six runs in the top of the second inning and never looked as the Cavaliers handed the Trojans a 10-7 loss Thursday night in the Region 3D baseball quarterfinals.
Kyle Arnholt jumpstarted the big frame for Lord Botetourt with his single to right that scored Jared Arnholt. Connor Fuhrman followed with a double to left that increased the Cavs’ lead to 4-0. A bases-loaded walk to Jake Dewease pushed the lead to five and two batters later, Colston Powers’ double to center brought home two runs and increased the lead to seven. Another bases-loaded walk plated the final run of the frame and made it an 8-0 ballgame after
“It’s just knowing what we have to do, knowing our mechanics, then going out and executing them,” Meade Mayo said. “We were coming off a really heartbreaking loss in the Blue Ridge District game and we wanted to come out here tonight and get a little revenge so we can have that big dog pile at the end of the season when we win regionals.”
Botetourt starting pitcher Brae Farrell agreed with his teammate’s statement and added, “Once we got those first few runs, we really just wanted to pile them on. We could feel our feet starting to step on their throats a little bit and we didn’t want to let up until we won the ballgame.”
Tunstall is a scrappy team, however, and wasn’t prepared to go down without a fight. Facing a 10-2 deficit heading into the fifth, the Trojans scored five runs in the frame to trim their deficit to three.
Elijah Byrd worked a walk to start the inning and Dylan Young and Hunter Yeatts each followed with singles to load the bases with no outs. Thomas Barker started the scoring with a single to right and Peyton Criswell made it a 10-4 contest with his run-scoring single. Grant Elliott brought in a run when he worked a walk with the bases loaded and Logan Pritchett’s RBI fielder’s choice to second pulled Tunstall within four. Josh White, playing in his last game, rounded out the big frame and cut the Trojans’ deficit to three with a run-scoring single to right.
“This team doesn’t quit,” White said. “We got those first few hits, got a little bit of the momentum back and started chipping away.”
Fellow senior Seth Bonar added, “For some of us, this was our last game and we knew we didn’t want to go out like that. We just kept our focus and tried to string together some hits.”
Criswell and White paced Tunstall with a pair of RBIs.
Mayo led all hitters with four RBIs for Botetourt.