Christiansburg Offense Powers Past Patrick Henry



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By Jon Kaufman
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While Mother Nature played havoc on the high school baseball schedule, Christiansburg and Patrick Henry (Roanoke) snuck in a game between the rain drops on Tuesday afternoon. 

The PH Patriots were on the road facing a flexing juggernaut just up the mountain in the Christiansburg Blue Demons and got on the board early, but not often. Senior Shortstop Asher Weisman led off the game with a deep double down the right field line and scored on Jacob Brown ground ball to second baseman Nick Carroll to give the Pats a one run lead. They would not score again against sophomore pitcher Will Stout.

Ashton King started the home side first with a walk, was bunted over to second base by Nick Carroll, and Alex Perkins scored King and the Demons were off to the races. In all, twelve batters came to the plate and the Patriot starter Christian Polumbo was chased from the mound, retiring just two batters.

Another five runs crossed the plate in the second inning, with a King base clearing triple providing the damage. In the third junior catcher John Tuck ripped a RBI single for his second hit of the game.

Stout sailed through the game striking out eight and surrendering just two hits. The Christiansburg sophomore continues to carve up the competition with every impressive start and the Demons line-up is a run machine, combining power, great base running and might be the best situational hitting team I have seen this season.

The one bright spot for Patrick Henry was freshman righthander Carter Plunkett, who relieved Polumbo and showed a strong arsenal of pitches, including a late breaking curve and fastball arm speed with his change-up. Plunkett battled throughout the final three and one third innings with the resolve of a senior.

Christiansburg travels to Roanoke to play Cave Spring in an important conference match-up on Friday, May 6 at 5 PM.

 

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