Louisa’s baseball team remains undefeated following wins over Jefferson District rivals Monticello and Western Albemarle.
The Lions traveled to Western Albemarle on May 10 to take on the Warriors. Louisa took an early lead, putting up one run in the first, then adding five in the second. Western cut into that six-run lead with a pair of runs in the fourth, then added two in the fifth, but the Lions’ defense was able to hold them off, winning 6-4. Lucas Cash, Christian Lam, Shane Dunkum, Brent Wallace, Codey Batten and Ryan Toney each crossed the plate for the Lions.
“We played very well and had some timely hits early in the game,” Said Coach Kevin Fisher. “I was super impressed with our defense and the way we battled all night against a tough team.”
Cash, Dunkum, Lam and Sean Karney each had two hits for the Lions, while Toney and Jacob Barber each added one. Cash, Batten, and Dunkum split the work on the mound, striking out four batters, walking six and giving up four hits between them.
That win came on the heels of a tight home battle with the Monticello Mustangs on May 6. Defense dominated the game for both teams, with neither able to get on the board for most of the night. Things swung Louisa’s way when Josh Cutright knocked the ball over the left field fence in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Lions a 1-0 win.
“If I said I wanted to knock one out [of the park], I’d be lying because that wasn’t what I was thinking at the time,” Cutright said. “I was just thinking, ‘If you see the ball, hit the ball.’
“That’s probably the fastest I’ve ever run the bases,” he continued. “I’d thought that in a moment like that I’d be trotting it out, but I did a full sprint around the bases and didn’t really slow down until I hit third.”
Even with the win, Fisher noted that there were areas where the team could have played better.
“I’m not real pleased with our at-bats throughout the game,” he said. “The kids were battling, it wasn’t for lack of effort, but we have to have a better approach at the plate.”
Cutright, Lam, Karney, Alex Bradford and Evan Straley all notched hits for the Lions.
The Lions travel to Fluvanna County High School on May 13 to take on the Flucos. Action begins at 6:30 p.m.