The Cave Spring Rec League Little Leaguers celebrated their annual day on the diamond with the Cave Spring varsity baseball team Monday afternoon before the Knights scheduled matchup against visiting Patrick County.
If the little guys paid attention once the game got underway, they definitely had the opportunity to pick up a few pointers.
Dominating from the outset, Cave Spring rolled to the 12-0 win over the Cougars in the game called after 4 1/2 innings due to the 10-run rule. This one was all Knights.
Cave Spring banged out 11 hits in only four innings of offense, including five doubles, a triple and three homers that cleared the fence in a wind-aided flight path to left field. Three Knight pitchers combined to hold Patrick County to a single hit.
The Knights wasted no time getting things started in the bottom of the first after Jalen Buster, Andrew Neighbors and Grant Wilson got the carousel running with three straight doubles. Holden Wilkerson added a RBI single before Spencer Craig left the yard with a 2-run homer. Connor Lange drew a walk and Charlie Urgo slashed Cave Spring’s fourth double of the inning to put the Knights up 6-0.
Cave Spring added one run in the second on Neighbors’ second double of the game that was followed by Caleb Pritchard’s triple to right-center.
The Knights added four in the third on a sacrifice fly, wild pitch and Wilson’s 2-run homer that stayed just inside the left field foul pole that put Cave Spring up 11-0. Wilkerson closed out the scoring in the Knight fourth with a towering solo homer.
Brody Luckey started on the hill for Cave Spring and threw two perfect innings before being relieved by David Adams who also went two that earned him the win. Wilson closed out the shutout in the fifth for the Knights.
Cave Spring improved to 11-4 with five games remaining before postseason tournament play begins.
“We had success against Patrick County earlier in the season and knew this was one we were supposed to win,” Cave Spring head coach Ricky Lonker noted after the game.
“Still, the message was clear to our players,” Lonker added. “You’ve got to show up, throw strikes, hit and play defense. We did a pretty good job today.”