By Staff Report Wednesday, July 25 2012 00:00
Brunswick scored three runs in the fifth inning to turn a tie game into a 7-4 lead, and then held off a six inning rally by Christiansburg Tuesday night to force a second championship game of the Dixie AAA Baseball Tournament, which will be played tonight in South Hill, with an exciting 7-6 win.
Christiansburg would strike first in the top of the second. Evan Robins led off with a walk and Brady Kirtner followed with a single to right. Jake Clemons then had a two-out RBI single to score Robins. Tripp Compton then reached on an error that allowed Kirtner to score. Clemons also scored on an error to give Christiansburg a 3-0 lead. Brunswick would load the bases in its half of the inning with one out, but was unable to produce a run.
In the top of third, MJ Hunter smacked a one-out double to left and later scored on an infield fly when the catcher failed to tag him at home to make it 4-0. Dakota Sisson, who had singled earlier, was caught in a run-down between third and home to end the inning.
Kirtner led off the Christiansburg fourth with a walk. However, the next three batters went down in order. Brunswick answered in its half of the inning when they scored four runs on four hits to tie the game at 4-all. A two-out, two run single by Finch help provide the damage.
Christiansburg had a golden opportunity in the top of the fifth to break the tie. Sisson nailed a one-out double and Zalen Akers was intentionally walked. Reagan Harris then walked to load the bases with one out. However, the next two batters went down in order to end the Christiansburg threat. Brunswick used two hits and three walks in the bottom of the inning to cross the plate three times and take its first lead of the game, 7-4.
In the top of the sixth, Garrett Kuchan led off with a single, but was then forced out by Seth Walker’s fielder’s choice. Jason Duffie followed with a single and MJ Hunter smacked a two-run single to plate Walker and Duffie to pull Christiansburg to within one, 7-6. Hunter then moved to third on a pass ball and Akers was intentionally walked for the fourth time in the game to put runners on the corners with two outs. However, the next batter popped up to end the threat and allow Brunswick to escape with the 7-6 win.
MJ Hunter and Dakota Sisson led Christiansburg with two hits apiece.
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