By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
GRUNDY, Va. —
Little mistakes by Grundy led to big innings for Honaker.
The Tigers scored six runs in the third inning and six more in the fourth and remained undefeated with a 16-6 win over the Golden Wave in Black Diamond District play Friday at Enoch’s Branch.
All nine starters in the Honaker batting order reached base multiple times and eight of them got hits, including winning pitcher Travis Price. He had three, including a two-run single in the third and another RBI single in the fourth.
Grundy out-hit Honaker 12-10, but the Wave also made nine errors and the Tigers (10-0, 5-0) took advantage of virtually all of them. Twelve of Honaker’s 16 runs were unearned.
“Grundy helped us a lot,” Honaker coach Tom Harding said. “But we made some mistakes, too.
“We’ve had six or seven runners thrown out on the bases the last two games. We can’t keep doing that and we can’t count on teams helping us like that, especially on down the road.”
Taylor Cole was 3-for-3 and drove in three runs early, including two in the first, when Grundy took a 3-2 lead.
The key inning was the third. The Golden Wave botched a run-down play after a leadoff single by Payton Ball.
One out later Grundy (6-7, 4-2) failed to cover first base on a bunt single by Austin Ray. After that the Wave booted a ground ball and dropped a routine fly ball and the proverbial floodgates were open.
“I told the kids before the game this is one of those games where we have to do the little things well, and obviously we didn’t,” Grundy coach Scotty Bostic said. “We haven’t had a day like that fielding the ball in a while.
“We had actually been playing pretty good defense here lately. We just have to regroup and put it behind us.”
Austin Kiser had two hits for the Tigers.
Honaker......206 62 — 16 10 1
Grundy........301 02 — 6 12 9
Price, Hess (4) and Mitchell. C. McCoy, Travis (4) and Cole. W-Price (2-0). L-C. McCoy. HR-none.
Grundy 23, Twin Valley 2
Daniel Tiller 3-for-3, with two grand slams, both in the 12-run second inning; the sophomore first baseman also had an RBI double, driving in 9 runs and scoring four.
Also for Grundy Nick Travis 4-4; Dylan Billiter 3-4 with three RBIs; Charles McCoy 2-4 with 3 RBIs and Ethan Cooper 2-3.
Grundy.............(11)(12)0 00 — 23 18 0
Twin Valley...............002 00 — 2 5 10
Billiter, Tiller (2), Wolford (3), J. McCoy (4), Cole (5) and Cole, J. McCoy (5). Gagich, Quinley (2) and Lowe. W-Cole. L-Gagich. HR-Tiller (G) 2; 1st, 3 on; 2nd 3 on.