By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GRUNDY, Va. —
Over half of the batters Grundy sent to the plate came up in just two innings, and that was more than enough for the Golden Wave.
Grundy moved within a game of the .500 mark with a 13-4 win over Buchanan County rival Hurley Thursday evening at its Enoch’s Branch field.
Eight of nine batters in the order got at least one hit and seven of the Golden Wave’s 12 hits came in the third and fourth innings, when Grundy (4-5) batted around twice, sending a total of 20 men to the plate.
Four different batters had two or more hits, including Charles McCoy, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
McCoy also reached base on an error and scored four runs. Daniel Tiller had the biggest hit of the day when he ripped a sinking, 3-run, line-drive double that just eluded the right fielder in the third.
“We hit the ball well, we just hit a lot of balls right at people and Hurley made the plays,” Grundy coach Scotty Bostic said. “Daniel hit the ball pretty hard and Bub (McCoy) is coming around. We moved him up in the order and he’s seeing the ball a little better now.”
Freshman Dylan Wolford added two singles and drove in a run, while Dylan Billiter singled twice and had two RBIs. Corey Walsh added an RBI single in the sixth.
Hurley (1-7) manufactured runs early and took a 2-0 lead with good base-running. Tyler Stacy was hit by a pitch and scored on a passed ball in the first inning, while freshman Preston Hurley singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the second.
Josh Mullins and Greg Stacy had RBI singles in the fifth. Billy Stacy was 2-for-2 with a walk for the Rebels.
Hurley committed six errors, but four of them came in Grundy’s five-run fourth and another came in the Wave’s five-run third. Otherwise Hurley made the plays and put the ball in play.
It was the Rebels third loss in three games to Grundy, but the first time they went the full seven innings.
“I think it was a prime example of Grundy being a little overconfident and our kids hanging in there and staying the course,” Hurley coach Mark Cooper said. “We’re improving a little everyday.
“We just have to eliminate bunching mistakes together and giving up big innings. We did that a couple of innings today.”
The game did not count in the Black Diamond District standings.
Hurley plays at Council on Monday. Grundy faces Nicholas County in the Coppinger tournament Saturday at Bowen Field.
Hurley........................110 020 0 — 4 7 6
Grundy......................015 502 x — 13 12 1
Hardin and B. Stacy. Tiller, Cole (4), Travis (6) and Cole, J. McCoy (4), Cole (6). W-Travis. L-Hardin. HR-none.