One day after spoiling Blacksburg’s Senior Night, Carroll County’s soon-to-be graduates were not about to let the Bruins return the favor.
Prior to Wednesday’s game, Carroll County honored its eight seniors – Dacotah Heck, Austin Wolford, Caden Hodges, Isaiah Cupp, Brogan Bowman, Brandt Puckett, Colin Wells and Lane Myers. Fresh off pummeling Blacksburg 14-0 the day before on its Senior Night, Carroll’s seniors did most of the damage in the rematch.
Hodges pitched a complete game, allowing just two runs and four hits, while striking out six. Heck went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI, Cupp drove in a run, Hodges and Puckett both had a hit and scored, while Wolford also had a base hit. Two other seniors, Myers and Wells, both drew walks in the win, while Bowman laid down a sacrifice bunt that led to a run.
Carroll took a 3-0 lead in the first inning it would not relinquish. A senior got the big inning started with Hodges reaching on a leadoff single and taking second on a passed ball. He would move to third on a single by another senior, Puckett, before scoring on a passed ball. After Myers walked, Cupp reached on an error to plate Puckett. Nick Bell’s RBI groundout to third base scored courtesy runner Lance Rotenizer.
Blacksburg got two of the runs back in the top of the fourth inning, but the Cavaliers responded with two of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Bell reached on an error and courtesy runner Caxton Vaught moved to second on Bowman’s sac bunt. Vaught later scored when Heck laced a line-drive RBI single to right field. Wells would later walk and Heck scored on a pickle play with Wells, who was caught trying to steal second base for a 5-2 Carroll lead.
Bburg 000 200 0 – 2 4 2
Carroll 300 200 x – 5 4 3
Linkous, Young (4) and Wilkes (B); Hodges and Myers (CC). WP – Hodges. LP – Linkous.
Carroll Co. 14, Blacksburg 0
Dacotah Heck threw a six-hit shutout and Carroll County banged out 15 hits to ruin Blacksburg’s Senior Night 14-0 in a River Ridge District game May 16 at Blacksburg.
Heck struck out three and walked just one in scattering six hits in the five-inning, slaughter-rule victory. He got plenty of help at the plate as four different Cavaliers drove in at least two runs. Austin Wolford went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs to lead Carroll, while Caden Hodges and Dylan Rodrigue both collected two hits, 2 RBIs and each scored a run. Brandt Puckett drove in two runs, Nick Bell scored three times and drove in a run, Isaiah Cupp went 2-for-4 and scored three runs, Cole Montgomery scored twice and had two hits. Brogan Bowman also scored twice for the Cavaliers and Lance Rotenzier had a hit and a run in the blowout victory.
Carroll County put the pedal to the metal in the first inning and never looked back, scoring three runs before the Bruins recorded an out. Rotenizer and Montgomery opened with back-to-back singles and Cupp reached on an error to score both for a quick 2-0 advantage. Lane Myers then singled to left field and Bell reached on another error to make it 3-0. Rodrigue then scratched out a single and Puckett walked with the bases loaded to plate another run. Wolford’s RBI single to right field scored Bell to increase the Cavalier lead to 5-0.
Carroll tacked on another run in the third inning as Hodges belted a leadoff single, took second base on an error, and then scored on Wolford’s line drive single to center. The Cavaliers blew the game wide open with four runs each in the fourth and fifth innings.
In the fourth, Cupp and Myers both singled and Bell was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Rodrigue then punched a two-run double on a line drive to left. Puckett’s single to right drove Bell home, and Rodrigue later crossed home plate to put Carroll firmly in the driver’s seat up 10-0.
In the fifth inning, Montgomery, Cupp and Myers all ripped singles to open the inning before Bell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Montgomery. Hodges tacked on a two-run single to plate Cupp and Brogan Bowman, and Wolford’s RBI groundout to second scored Bell for the 14th and final Cavalier run.
Carroll 501 44 – 14 15 0
Bburg 000 00 – 0 6 4
Heck and Myers (CC); McCoy, Olszewski (4), Cuba (5) and Radford (B). WP – Heck. LP – McCoy. 2B – Rodrigue (CC).