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Visiting Flucos flummox Louisa

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

Third baseman Josh Holley was just short in his attempt to steal home on an errant pitch during the bottom of the first inning. Photo by Chan Powell.

Third baseman Josh Holley was just short in his attempt to steal home on an errant pitch during the bottom of the first inning. Photo by Chan Powell.

The bats went cold and the score went south for Louisa in their matchup versus Fluvanna on Monday. The Lions struggled at the plate en route to a 3-6 defeat under their hometown lights.

“We couldn’t find a way to get a leadoff hitter on, and the bats just went dead tonight,” Lions head coach Kevin Fisher said. “The kids battled, they were fighting, but we’re in a tough stretch right now.”

The loss is Louisa’s second in a row. The Lions fell by the same score to Powhatan on Thursday, April 10.

Trouble came swiftly for Louisa against the Flucos. Fluvanna’s first three batters rattled off three straight hits on Louisa’s starting pitcher Jake Talley to start the contest, while Louisa went through multiple hitting droughts the entire game.

Those early hits led to a 2-0 advantage for Fluvanna after the opening inning. Lions center fielder Alex Fletcher responded in the bottom of the first with a chip shot in the gap between second and third base that sent teammate Christian Buckler home for a run.

Two batters later, it was Fletcher who was crossing home plate. Infielder Thomas Dunnavant hit a line-drive that bounced off  the glove of Fluvanna’s shortstop to knot the game at two apiece.

Louisa nearly took the lead moments later. A wild pitch sent Louisa runner Josh Talley scrambling from third place to home, but the tag beat him by a few feet.

Talley left the inning covered in dirt, and it didn’t get much prettier for Louisa the rest of the day.

The two teams headed in opposite directions in the second inning. Fluvanna tacked on an extra run, while all three of Louisa’s batters failed to get on base, a trend that continued to the next two batters for Louisa to start the third.

Fluvanna added two more runs in the third inning, and Louisa was lucky the damage wasn’t worse. After hitting a Flucos batter, Talley faced a bases-loaded, two-out situation, but managed to escape by forcing Fluvanna to pop out.

Players, fans and coaches cheered as though the play would give Louisa enough momentum to erase a 5-2 deficit.

Unfortunately, it didn’t.

Once again, Louisa was struck with a hitless streak in the fourth inning. In what looked to almost be a drill, Dunnavant, Jordan Snead and Jordan Spotswood hit consecutive grounders to Fluvanna’s shortstop and third baseman for three quick outs. The same situation played itself out again in the fifth, with Louisa batters Christian Trayer and Christian Buckler failing to reach base.

To read the entire story, see the April 17 edition of The Central Virginian.

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