By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Mount View Golden Knights used a big inning in both games of a Class AA Sectional doubleheader last night to help sweep the River View Raiders 6-3 and 9-5 at Nick Shaffron Field.
In the opener, the Golden Knights trailed 3-1 heading into the top of the second, where they rallied for four unearned runs to take a 5-3 advantage that held up for the win.
With one out, junior Channing Vineyard started the rally by reaching first when his fly to right-center was dropped. He moved to second after catcher Joseph Bishop drew a walk.
Both Vineyard and courtesy runner Jamari Perry moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch before a free pass to winning pitcher Bryan Villaneuva loaded the bases.
Second baseman Jarret Cochran’s double plated both Vineyard and Perry and Villaneuva and Cochran each scored on Tashaan Vineyard’s double down the leftfield line.
In the nightcap, Mount View exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the third to break a 1-all tie to help win the title.
Cochran, Tashaan Vineyard and winning pitcher Maurice Brown started that big inning with a single apiece before Cochran and Tashaan each recorded their second hit of the frame just before the third out.
Five walks and three wild pitches also figured into the eight run third for Mount View, which moves to 6-15, and will take on the winner of the Bluefield, James Monroe, PikeView sectional a week from Monday at Nick Shaffron Field.
A jubilant Troy Hawks, Jr., the interim head coach of the Golden Knights, remarked, “I’m really ecstatic about the games tonight. I’m really happy with the guys.”
The Raiders’ first year head coach Jerad Metcalf talked, “I can’t fault them (Raider players) at all. It just leaves a sour taste in your mouth.”
River View concludes the season 11-11.
Villaneuva hurled the complete game victory in the first game, while Brown did the same in the second contest of the day.