There was an opening-inning near-scuffle, a late-game comeback and a lot of great plays in between on the diamond at Louisa on Tuesday night.
It was, quite simply, another classic between Louisa and Orange.
The Lions junior varsity baseball team withstood a three-run seventh-inning by the visiting Hornets to escape with a 7-6 victory, improving their record this season to 8-1.
“The ending was a little closer thant I would have liked it, but it ended up alright,” Louisa head coach Devin O’Meara said afterwards.
Unsurprisingly, the fireworks started early in the often-heated rivalry. An Orange base runner gave an unexpected – and by some accounts, unnecessary – shoulder to Louisa catcher Tad Shaw while running in for an uncontested play at home to start the game’s scoring in the first inning.
Though the move initially seemed to rattle the composure of Louisa, the Lions’ response was swift and crippling to Orange in the third inning. Louisa rattled off six runs to take a commanding 6-2 lead heading into the fourth. Lions third baseman John Reynolds leaned in to make a wide swing for a double to drive in two runs during the third, and the Hornets gifted Louisa with a run thanks to a poorly thrown pickoff attempt.
To read the entire story, see the April 24 edition of The Central Virginian.