Isaiah Cupp’s two-run home run and Jacob Breen’s pitching propelled Carroll County’s baseball team to a 15-2 non-district win Thursday over William Fleming in Hillsville.
Breen allowed just three hits and two runs while striking out seven in the 5-inning victory. He got plenty of help at the plate as the Cavaliers banged out 12 hits. The biggest spark came with two outs in the first inning.
After Blake Stanley led off with a bloop single into shallow right field, Cupp came up with two outs and launched a high fly ball over the left field fence for a 2-1 Carroll lead. After Logan Felts walked, Lane Myers followed with an RBI double to put the Cavs in front 3-1. Cupp and Myers both had big days at the plate as Cupp drove in three and scored twice, while Myers went 3-for-3 with two runs and 2 RBI.
“Lane and Isaiah both hit the ball really well today, put the ball in play,” Carroll County head coach Joe Tompkins said. “We’re starting to play better ball. Patrick Henry beat us 5-2, but we are starting to play better and we are hitting the ball better. We’ve just got to keep improving.”
Carroll County (4-8, 0-6 River Ridge District) opened the floodgates with seven runs in the second inning. With one out, Stanley was hit by a pitch. Austin Wolford followed with a walk and Trace Davis singled to center field to load the bases. Cupp continued his big day with an RBI single that took a bad hop over the Fleming third baseman. Felts then walked with the bases loaded to score a run and Myers drove in another with a single to center. Breen brought another run home after reaching on an error and Wells was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score another. Stanley’s RBI single to left field scored Myers before Wolford plated Breen on an RBI fielder’s choice for a 10-1 lead.
Carroll continued the onslaught with three more runs in the third inning. With one out, Felts and Myers both singled to left field. After Breen walked with the bases loaded, Wells drove in his second run of the game without swinging the bat as he was hit by a pitch again with the bases loaded. Brogan Bowman’s RBI sac fly to center scored Myers, and Stanley added his second RBI single of the game to score Brennan Vaught for a 13-1 lead.
Carroll tacked on two more runs, both with two outs, in the bottom of the fourth. Christian Bryant reached on an error and moved to second on Webb’s single to left. Breen followed with an RBI single to right to score Bryant. Pinch-hitter Brandt Puckett drove in Breen with a bloop single to shallow right field to increase Carroll’s cushion to 15-1.
The Colonels added a run in the top of the fifth, but Breen coaxed a ground ball from Bryce Johnson to end the game and pick up the win.
“Jacob threw the ball well,” Tompkins said. “He was getting a little tired there at the end, but he will be alright.”
Aside from big days from Myers and Cupp, Stanley also was hot at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and 2 RBI. Webb went 2-for-2 and scored twice, while Breen helped himself with a run and 2 RBIs. Wells drove in two runs, both on bean balls with the bases loaded.
W. Fleming 100 01 – 2 3 3
Carroll Co. 373 2x – 15 12 2
Johnson, Jones (3) and White (WF); Breen and Wells (CC). WP – Breen. LP – Johnson. 2B – Hall (WF); Myers (CC). HR – Cupp (CC).
Patrick Henry 5, Carroll Co. 2
Ryan McEachern drove in two runs and hurled a complete-game victory April 26 as Patrick Henry defeated Carroll County 5-2 in a River Ridge District baseball game in Roanoke.
McEachern gave up five hits and struck out three while walking one in the victory. He also gave the Patriots a 2-0 lead with a two-run double in the first inning.
Carroll got on the board with a run in the top of the third inning. Blake Stanley blasted a one-out double and later scored on a Trace Davis RBI single to right field. Patrick Henry responded with two runs in the bottom half of the frame on RBI singles by Christian Polumbo and Carter Mason.
The Patriots increased their lead to 5-1 in the fifth inning after Bret Kuehn was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on Carter Plunkett’s single to left. The Cavaliers tried to rally in the top of the seventh and got a run back after Colin Wells doubled. He moved to third on Brogan Bowman’s grounder and scored on Austin Wolford’s RBI sac grounder to make it 5-2. McEachern retired the next batter to end the game, however.
Stanley went 2-for-4 with a run to lead Carroll. Davis went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Cavs.
Carroll 001 000 1 – 2 5 3
P. Henry 202 010 x – 5 10 3
Bryant, Felts (3), Breen (6) and Puckett, Wells (4) (CC); Mceachern and Wright (PH). WP – Mceachern. LP – Bryant. 2B – Wells, Stanley (CC); Mceachern (PH). 3B – Weismon (PH).
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