By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
“That was the best game I’ve ever pitched in my life,” summed up Mount View senior Bryan Villaneuva Monday evening after he had limited visiting River View to only two runs, one of which was unearned, four hits, fanned 13 and allowed only a pair of walks, as the Golden Knights downed the Raiders 6-2 for their second consecutive win.
Both Villaneuva and River View starter, Cameron Roberts, pitched well the first three innings before the Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth and the Golden Knights came back to score three times and chase Roberts in favor of T. J. Stacy in the bottom of the frame.
River View leftfielder Jeffrey Kidwell doubled to open the game and snacked a third inning single for the only Raider hits through three, while shortstop Caleb Webb’s opening frame single was the lone Mount View safety over the initial three innings.
With one out in the top of the fourth, catcher Zach Shelton reached first on an error before giving way to courtesy runner Matthew Thornsbury, who promptly stole second and raced to third on a throwing error. Roberts was hit by a pitch, putting runners on the corners, before a wild pitch allowed Thornsbury to cross home plate, giving the Raiders a 1-0 lead.
In the last of the fourth, senior centerfielder Tashaan Vineyard and junior third baseman Tony Blackburn had back-to-back singles with one out.
Leftfielder Channing Vineyard’s fielder’s choice scored Vineyard from third, with pinch runner Jamari Perry, running for Blackburn, and rightfielder Maurice Brown, who drew an intentional base on balls, both scoring when catcher Joe Bishop reached first on an error.
Mount View added three more in the bottom of the fifth, with first baseman C. J. Lester, second baseman Jarrett Cochran and Tashaan Vineyard each collecting a single and Webb doubling in one run to left center. Cochran’s single also plated one run, while Blackburn drove in another with a sacrifice fly to center.
Raider catcher Austin Walker led off the sixth with a single, swiped second and moved to third on a Shelton fly out to right. He scored when Roberts drove a single to right for the final run of the game.
Both coaches spoke of Villaneuva’s effort. Related River View head coach Jerad Metcalf, “Villaneuva came out and threw a great game and our guys just weren’t putting it in play.”
Spoke Mount View interim head coach Troy Hawks, Jr. of his pitcher, “Villaneuva struck out 13. He was in the strike zone a lot tonight.”
Webb was 2-for-3 for the Golden Knights, driving in a run, while Tashaan Vineyard also went 2-for-3 at the dish. Cochran and Blackburn were each 1-for-3, recording one RBI apiece.
Kidwell finished his night’s work 2-for-3 also, with a single and a double. Walker and Roberts accounted for the other two Raider hits.
Continued Coach Metcalf, “It’s hard losing to a rival … Our guys couldn’t hit the ball and they were on fire.”
River View, now 5-5, will host Tazewell Wednesday.
Analyzed Coach Hawks, “Timely hitting. I tell you what, we had a big inning there. We got down by a run and they (Knights) fought back and didn’t give up. That’s the sign of good leadership by those seniors.”
He concluded, “Overall I liked the effort of the boys. I hope by the end of this week, they’ll learn some things and get a lot of momentum going to the end of the season.”
Now 2-6, but with a second consecutive win, the Golden Knights will entertain Liberty Raleigh this afternoon in a doubleheader starting a 4:30.
At Nick Shaffron Field
River View...............000 101 0 — 2 4 1
Mount View.............000 330 x — 6 7 4
RV: Cameron Roberts, T. J. Stacy (4) and Austin Walker. MV: Bryan Villaneuva and Joe Bishop. WP - Villaneuva. LP - Roberts.