By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
River View broke open a 2-0 game in the bottom of the second, crossing the plate with nine runs to take an 11-0 lead over the visiting Grundy Golden Wave on the way to a 13-6 verdict on Wednesday at Raider Field.
That big lead helped Coach Jerad Metcalf get all 20 of his players who dressed for the game into action in the contest that went the full distance.
Remarked the first year Raider head coach, “Our guys strung together a bunch of hits. Our JV guys came in and played well. That’s really good when they (subs) get a chance to play.”
Six of those nine hits came in the second, after Grundy starter Nick Travis had retired the first two batters he faced in that inning.
Before the third out was finally recorded in that frame, 14 Raiders had batted and all nine starters had scored at least one run each.
For the game, nine different River View players recorded base hits, with catcher Zach Shelton smashing a double in two at bats, while driving home three runs. Junior Ryan Blankenship also had a two base hit that plated a pair of runs. Both those base knocks came in the second.
Starters Matt Thornsbury, T. J. Stacy, Jordan Wilson and Hunter Mahone all had a safety apiece, while subs Tyree Baker, Dee Duff and Greg Marshall recorded a hit each in relief roles. Thornsbury, Wilson, Baker and Mahone all had an RBI apiece, as did Gabe Rasi and winning pitcher Cameron Roberts.
Spoke Grundy head coach Scotty Bostic of his 3-4 Golden Wave, “From the get-go, we knew we were going to have some mistakes. I had two of my starters gone on an academic trip and had some guys we had to move around to different spots.”
Only nine players made the trip to Bradshaw for the Wave.
Bostic continued, “River View hit the ball well. They had some good plays on defense. That play the shortstop made was a real inning killer.”
The play Coach Bostic alluded to came in the top of the fourth, after Grundy had scored its initial two runs of the game. The bases were loaded and only one out when Ethan Cooper slashed a liner just to left of the second base bag.
River View freshman shortstop Tyree Baker made a diving catch for the second out, let his momentum take him into an athletic forward roll before coming to his knees and tagging the base with the ball in his glove for an unassisted double play, as the runner at second failed to get back in time.
Five different Wave hitters recorded a single each. Jordan McCoy, Travis, Dylan Wolford, Charles McCoy and Corey Walsh each had a hit, with Walsh plating a pair of runners and Travis driving home one.
Senior Austin Walker scattered three hits and two runs, both unearned, over the first four innings for the Raiders, as he fanned six. Roberts pitched the fifth and sixth, with Thornsbury finishing up, hurling the seventh.
Grundy will be off until traveling to Haysi on Monday, while River View, now 4-4, jumps back into action tonight at Westside.
Both teams will play in the Coppinger Invitational next weekend.
at River View High School
Grundy..............................000 220 2 — 6 5 4
River View........................290 020 x — 13 9 4
Nick Travis, Dylan Wolford (2) AND Jordan McCoy. Austin Walker, Cameron Roberts (5), Matt Thornsbury (7) and Zach Shelton, Tyler Brewer (5). WP: Roberts; LP: Travis