EMU 17, Southern Virginia 13
How do you break a losing skid during which you averaged a respectable five runs per game? Scoring 17 times should do the trick. Eastern Mennonite did that Thursday, taking over with an eight-run sixth inning en route to a 17-13 victory over Southern Virginia.
The Royals committed three errors in the top of the second and fell behind their visitors 8-2. Despite the early deficit, the men kept attacking and chiseled the lead down to 8-6 after three.
SVU scored a pair of unearned runs in the fourth, and added a two-run homer in the sixth, but the Royals again responded with a six-run deficit.
B.J. Mortimer (Mechanicsville, VA/Lee-Davis) led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and the rest of the team followed suit. After a walk, hit batter, and seven hits, Eastern Mennonite grabbed momentum with eight runs, jumping ahead 14-12. Jonathan Estrada (Miami, FL/Doral Academy) ripped a two-run triple in the inning, and Chris Rodriguez (Miami, FL/Pace) also had a two-run three bagger which gave the Royals the lead.
Southern Virginia scored once in the seventh to get within 14-13. The men responded by scoring three more times, and reliever Casey Harlow (Louisa, VA/Louisa County) got a one-two-three inning in the eighth and a rally-killing double play in the ninth to save the win.
The Royals banged out 18 hits combined with seven walks to snap their seven-game losing streak. Chris Rodriguez went 4-5 with a walk out of the leadoff spot. He scored three times and added three RBIs while finishing a homerun short of the cycle. Beau Banglesdorf (Stafford, VA/Mountain View) was 3-5 with a walk and was one of six men to score two or more times. Dylan Smith (Sterling, VA/Park View) was 2-4 with a walk, driving in a game high four runs while scoring twice.
Justin Rodriguez (Miramar, FL/Pace) finished 2-4 with two walks and Estrada was 2-3 with two RBIs. Both players scored two runs, as did Michael Wade (Waynesboro, VA/Fort Defiance).
Chris DeWald (Williamsburg, VA/Lafayette) started for EMU and took a no decision after getting chased in the second. Logan Toney (Chesterfield, VA/Manchester), the men’s fourth pitcher, allowed two runs over 2.0 innings and earned the win to improve to 2-1. Harlow struck out four and allowed one run for a three-inning save.
The Royals will look to improve their 1-6 ODAC record when they host Hampden-Sydney on Saturday. The doubleheader starts at noon.
UVA Basketball Fans!
Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”
Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”
Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell