By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The number 13 was more of an unfortunate number than an unlucky one for Grundy Saturday.
The Golden Wave stranded 13 baserunners and Nicholas County scored late to notch a 4-2 win in first round play at the Coppinger Invitational at Bowen Field.
The Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead on a controversial play in the bottom of the third inning and broke a 2-2 tie with two more runs in the sixth.
Ethan Amick doubled into the left field corner to open the sixth inning and was headed to third when Jared Price laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, but the throw to first sailed into right field. Amick scored the go-ahead run and Price eventually scored on a wild pitch to add an insurance run.
Grundy coach Scotty Bostic said he was uncertain at the time about a critical call in the third inning, when Nicholas County loaded the bases with one out and a line drive off the bat of Amick struck the runner at first and trickled into right field.
The runner at first was called out, Amick reached first and the two lead runners came across the plate. Apparently there was no ruling as to a dead ball and the runs counted. The umpires were not available for comment after the game.
Bostic did not complain at the time and said he had no right to comlain after the game. His club left the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth and stranded runners at second and third in the third, fifth and seventh innings.
Grundy (4-6) got eight hits, Nicholas County committed five errors and the Golden Wave runners on in every inning except the second.
“I don’t know what you can say about leaving 13 men on,” Bostic said. “You can’t win a ball game like that.
“We were halfway to it being a fun day, an easy day. We just couldn’t get the hits to fall when we needed them. Sometimes you have to be lucky and we weren’t lucky today.”
Jordan McCoy was 2-for-4 for Grundy. Amick was the lone batter with two hits for the Grizzlies.
Grundy’s Dylan Billiter made two diving catches in center field. Charles McCoy took the tough-luck loser, allowing five hits and two earned runs. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a single batter.
At Bowen Field
Grundy.............................100 100 0 — 2 8 2
Nicholas County............. 002 002 x — 4 5 5
C. McCoy and Cole. Mayes, Hunter (6) and Amick. W-Hunter. L-C. McCoy. HR-none.
Fayetteville 4, Summers County 3
Copinger Tournament play opened Saturday morning at Bowen Field with the Fayetteville Pirates taking a 4-3 win over the Summers County Bobcats.
Fayetteville scored in the first and Summers County drew even in the third. The Pirates plated two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to build a 4-1 lead.
The Bobcats fought back with single runs in the sixth and seventh. Summers County had the winning run on base in the seventh, but could not push it across.
Aaron Krise picked up the complete game victory for Fayetteville, while Timmy Kitchen was tagged with the loss.
Will Dooley had two hits for Fayetteville. Dustin Smith and Erik Lindsey had a pair of hits for Summers County.
At Bowen Field
Summers County.............001 001 1 — 3 5 1
Fayetteville......................100 210 x — 4 5 4