HAYSI, Va. —
Grundy turned a half-dozen walks, one huge hit, a pair of slow rollers on the infield and the hustle of Dylan Wolford into its biggest win of the season.
Wolford scored from first on a dribbler up the third base line and an errant throw to give the Golden Wave an 8-7 win over Haysi in eight innings in Black Diamond District baseball action Thursday night at John Flannagan Dam.
Five of the six Grundy batters who drew walks scored, three of them on a bases-clearing double by Charles McCoy to the fence in left-center in the top half of the fourth inning.
It gave Grundy, which scored three unearned runs in the first two innings, a 7-4 lead that was short-lived. Haysi's Guage Hill drilled a three-run double in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score at 7-7, setting up extra-innings and Wolford's late-game heroics.
The speedy sophomore hit a slow grounder to short to lead off the eighth. He was nearly across the bag when the Haysi shortstop dropped the ball.
One out later Isaac Cantrell fouled off several pitches before hitting another slow roller up the third base line.
Nick Mullins, who had retired the first six men he faced in relief, made a good throw to get Cantrell, but Wolford, who was running on the pitch, hustled around to third and the return throw that way sailed wide, giving Grundy the lead.
"I was just thinking about getting around the bases and scoring the winning run," Wolford said. "Isaac hit kind of like a swinging bunt, I don't think it was meant to happen like that, but it did. All I saw was coach Bostic saying 'go-go-go' and that was the only thing on my mind, trying to score."
Grundy had just four hits in the game, but obviously made the most of them.
"We just lucked up," Grundy coach Scotty Bostic said. "We had a runner going and Isaac hits it maybe 12 feet and (Wolford) gets to third and a bad throw gets by them. It was ugly, but I'll take it."
Dylan Slemp had three hits and two RBIs and Hill had two hits for Haysi (8-6). The Tigers, meanwhile, left 10 runners on base. Wave starting pitcher Ethan Cooper worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.
"Scotty and them played better than we did," Haysi coach Dewayne Stanley said. "We couldn't seem to get a hit when we needed one. We left a ton of runners on late."
Wolford got the win. He retired six of the seven batters he faced in relief, including the heart of the Haysi batting order in the eighth, the only 1-2-3 inning the Tigers had the entire game.
"I was (nervous), but I can't let the nerves get the best of me," he said. "I just wanted to come through for the team, that's all I wanted to do."
It was Grundy's second win in a row after a rough stretch.
"My guys grew up today and it's fun to see some of them take a leadership role," Bostic added. "Some of them are stepping up and making some plays and to contribute and we need them to."
McCoy was 2-for-4 on the day. Cantrell, Maverick Coleman and Corey Walsh scored two runs apiece. Tristan Yates reached base four times, while Slemp and Jalen Sykes each scored twice for Haysi.
Grundy..........................220 300 01 — 8 4 4
Haysi............................400 030 00 — 7 8 3
Cooper, Wolford (7) and J. McCoy. Shreve, N. Mullins (6) and Sykes.
W-Wolford. L-N. Mullins. HR-none.