Cave Spring Advances to Group AA State Semifinal With Win Over Jefferson Forest

Knights catcher Ryan Gerhardt puts the tag on a tumbling Jefferson Forest baserunner.

by Bill Turner

 Cave Spring plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth to break a 6-6 deadlock, and Steve Klaiber turned a double play to end the game, as Cave Spring advanced to Friday’s Group AA state baseball semifinal with the 8-6 win over Jefferson Forest Tuesday afternoon at Knights Field.

The Knights opened their half of the sixth with singles off the bats of Steve Klaiber and Jordan Bryant. A sacrifice bunt and intentional walk loaded the bases for Cave Spring. Jake Schuyler dropped down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to score Klaiber, and moments later, Bryant would add an insurance run, scoring on a sacrifice fly to center.

Cave Spring starter Harrison Richards put down Jefferson Forest in the final frame as Klaiber excuted a one-out double play to end the game.

The Knights had jumped out to a 6-2 lead on timely hitting by Zack Utterback and a 2-run homer by Bryant in the fourth. Jefferson Forest tied the game in the top of the fifth after two were out on three hits and a Knight throwing error.

Cave Spring advances to play Powhatan Friday at Calfee Park in Pulaski, with a trip to the Spring Jubilee final in Radford going to the winner.