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May 7, 2014

Honaker runs past Grundy in Black Diamond diamond play

GRUNDY, Va. — Through the first four innings it was anybody's game.

In the final two frames it was all Honaker. The Tigers scored nine runs in its final two at-bats and knocked off

Grundy, 11-1 in six innings in Black Diamond District baseball action Tuesday at Enoch's Branch park.

It was a 2-1 game going into the top half of the fifth when Honaker took advantage of walks, errors and some timely hitting, especially from Chandler Miller, to pull away late and remain undefeated.

Miller went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. He delivered a two-run single in the fifth, when the Tigers (13-0) scored seven runs. The left-handed hitting senior added an RBI single in a two-run sixth as

Honaker ended the game early under the 10-run mercy rule.

"Chandler has come around the last couple of games," Honaker coach Tom Harding said. "This is a good time of year to do it. If he keeps hitting like he has, he'll be tough.

"If the top isn't hitting the bottom of the order picks them up. Of course, I'd like it better if they were all hitting at the same time." Avin Parrott added two hits, including a two-run single in the first, while Makenzie Phillips had two hits and scored a pair of runs for the Tigers.

Grundy contributed four walks, three errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball to Honaker's decisive fifth-inning rally against Golden Wave starter Charles McCoy.

"We kept it close for a while," Grundy coach Scotty Bostic said. "Then their bats woke up, Bub (McCoy) lost his control a little bit and they put it in play.

"Sometimes it was places we couldn't get to and sometimes it was to places we could get to, we just didn't make the play. You can't do that and expect to win."

Sophomore Dylan Wolford singled home McCoy in the second when Grundy (4-10) got its only run and only three hits off winning pitcher Hunter Meade.

"I thought we had a decent inning going, but every time we get runners on we have trouble getting them in," Bostic added. "We just can't get the hits when we need it and they're not going to walk many and you're not going to get much help. They're going to make the plays."

Meade retired the final 13 batters he faced, including the side in the final four innings. The senior righthander struck out seven and only walked one.

"Hunter threw the ball well," Harding said. "He's pretty much our third man, but today he pitched like a number one (starter.)"

McCoy allowed just three hits and two walks and he fanned seven before the fateful fifth.

Jacob Mitchell had an RBI double and Jacob Coleman an RBI single for the Tigers. Hunter Lester walked twice and scored both times, while Josh Miller drew three walks and also scored two runs.

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