Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Rusty Rainey shut down Glenville State’s bats and Dale Davis scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Bluefield State Big Blues an exciting 11-10 win against the Pioneers on Sunday afternoon.
Bluefield State (5-20, 4-13 WVIAC) trailed 10-6 entering the sixth inning at June O. Shott Field-Higginboth-am Sports Complex. Rainey then took the mound in relief and kept Glenville State (5-29, 4-18) off the scoreboard the rest of the day.
Dylan Raymond’s RBI double in the sixth pulled Bluefield State to within three and Tanner Lilly scored in the seventh to bring the score to 10-8. In the next inning, a two-run double from Alex Dunn knotted the game at 10.
The Pioneers led off the ninth with back-to-back singles from Sean Garza and Ethan Szabo but Rainey and the Big Blues defense settled in and recorded three consecutive outs.
Lilly doubled in the ninth but the Glenville State defense kept him stranded at second, forcing extra innings.
Rainey dispatched the Pioneers in the 10th with three straight outs, setting the stage for Davis. The Big Blues’ leading hitter led off the at-bat with a single, stole second base, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored the game-winner on another passed ball.
Davis, who led his team with four hits, has a .409 batting average.
Rainey earned the victory, allowing five hits in five innings. Josh Laramore allowed 10 hits in seven innings of action and took the loss for Glenville State.
Garza had four hits for GSC. The Pioneers outhit Bluefield State 16-15 but the home squad avoided the series sweep.