Cave Spring Defeats Blacksburg 14-4 To Forge Tie In River Ridge

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Knights batter #2 Austin Epperly connects for Cave Spring in their 14-4 win Friday afternoon.
Knights batter #2 Austin Epperly connects for Cave Spring in their 14-4 win Friday afternoon.

Cave Spring scored eight runs in the bottom of the first, fueled by a leadoff homer by Griffin Stanley, and the Knights easily dispatched Blacksburg 14-4 in a River Ridge baseball contest shortened to six innings by the slaughter rule Friday afternoon at Knights Field

┬áThe Cave Spring win, coupled with Hidden Valley’s 5-3 loss to Pulaski County, leaves the two Southwest County teams and Christiansburg in a virtual tie for first-place heading into this week’s final regular season games.

Cave Spring’s Ben Walker went 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter Graham Harkey to pick up the win. Andrew Peterson connected on a walk-off two-run single to plate Jordan Bryant and Steve Klaiber, ending the contest on the ten-run slaughter rule.

The Knights finish the regular season this week with games at Christiansburg and Hidden Valley. The Titans host Salem and Cave Spring to determine the regular season champion.