The James Monroe Mavericks completed a late seven-run rally in the final inning Friday evening to defeat Bluefield 8-7 in Lindside.
Caleb Brown struck out 11 Bluefield batters in a complete-game effort to help the Mavericks to their first baseball win of the year.
James Monroe (1-4) trailed 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and two strikes, and no one on base. The Mavericks’ No. 9 batter was hit by a pitch, and the top of the order strung together three infield singles to stay alive.
Tyler Moore’s slow infield hit brought Connor Boothe to the plate for the final run, ending the game.
Brown allowed seven hits. The first was a home run by Bluefield’s Marcus Santoro, as the Beavers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
The Beavers led 6-1 in the sixth before the Mavericks erupted for four runs in the bottom half and finished the comeback with three runs in the seventh.
Boothe was 3 for 5 and drove in a run. Moore was also 3 for 5 with two RBI, and Reed McNeer was 2 for 5 at the plate.
For Bluefield, R.J. Bourne batted 2 for 3 with two doubles.
The Mavericks (1-4) play Monday at Woodrow Wilson and Tuesday at home against PikeView. Bluefield (1-3) will host Oak Hill at 11 a.m. today at Bowen Field, weather permitting, followed by a doubleheader game against PikeView.
Bluefield................301 020 1 — 7 7 3
James Monroe......100 004 3 — 8 13 3
Bourne, Lightfoot (6) and Maxey. Caleb Brown and Landon Shires. WP - Brown. LP - Lightfoot.