By David Grimes Monday, July 09 2012 00:00
Christiansburg held off a late Pulaski County West charge in claiming a 10-6 win Sunday evening at JC Field in Blacksburg in the Dixie District 3 Minors Baseball Tournament.
Pulaski West took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first behind an RBI double off the bat of Punky Foster. Christiansburg would answer in its half of the inning. Evan Robbins reached base on a one-out single and eventually worked his way to third on a pass ball and an error. Dakota Sisson followed with an RBI single to left-center. Zalen Akers then laced a single, which was followed by a single from MJ Hunter. Akers raced home on a Pulaski throwing error to make it 3-1. Seth Walker's RBI fielder's choice scored Akers to give Christiansburg a 4-1 advantage.
Christiansburg tacked on a run in the bottom of the third. Jake Clemons led off with a walk. Tripp Compton hit a fielder's choice that saw Clemons get out at second. A single a by Jason Duffie and an RBI single by Evan Robbins made it 5-1.
Christiansburg appeared to have put the game away in the bottom of the fourth. Hunter led off with a single, which was followed by an RBI triple off the bat of Seth Walker. Reagan Harris reached on an error which also allowed Walker to score. Harris would then score on another Pulaski error. Brady Kirtner then smacked a triple and Garrett Kuchan added an RBI single, all with no outs to give Christiansburg what appeared to be a comfortable 10-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Pulaski West wasn't about to wave the white flag yet, as they turned up the heat and when the dust had finally settled, Pulaski had crosses the plate five times thanks to an RBI single by Logan Burchett, and an RBI hit by pitch from James Jackson and an RBI walk by Wesley Riddle, along with several Christiansburg errors to pull to within four 10-6. Christiansburg would load the bases in the bottom of the inning on hits by Walker, Harris and Kuchan. However, they were left stranded as the inning ended in a double play.
Christiansburg started sweating it out in the top of the sixth. Following two quick outs, Foster and Alex Parmelee followed with back-to-back-walks. The next batter then went down swinging to end the inning and keep Christiansburg in the winner’s bracket with the 10-6 victory.
Evan Robbins, Zalen Akers, MJ Hunter, Seth Walker and Garrett Kuchan led Christiansburg with two hits apiece.
Seth Walker picked up the win on the mound. He gave up two hits, two walks and struck out two batters in two innings of work.
With the win, Christiansburg advances to play Patrick County at 8 pm tonight.
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