Sluggers come up with big hits as season winds down

Lucas Cash winds up for a pitch during the Lions' home game against Western Albemarle on June 8. Cash pitched all seven innings for the Lions, striking out nine batters and giving up four hits.

The Louisa Lions’ baseball team picked up a pair of wins as their season winds down, defeating the Western Albemarle Warriors 2-1 at home on June 8 and bringing home a 12-3 win from Monticello on June 7.

The Warriors beat the Lions to the scoreboard, scoring a run in the top of the third inning. The Lions came up with an answer in their next turn at bat with Jacob Barber batting in Lucas Cash to tie the score. The Lions kept it going in the fourth with Ryan Toney batting in Shane Dunkum for the go-ahead run.

Western came close to tying things up in the sixth, getting a runner to third with two outs, but Cash struck out the last batter to keep the Lions on top.

“The other team was chirping a little bit, and I couldn’t let the guy get on, so I just had to shut him down right there,” he said. 

Cash pitched all seven innings for the Lions, striking out nine batters and giving up  four hits.

Dunkum led the Lions offense with two hits, while Cash and Toney each added one.

“We had a bit of bad luck the last few weeks,” said Head Coach Kevin Fisher. “We didn’t play well at Fluvanna, but the other games we played well enough to win and just couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it, and tonight we did. We did a lot of good things. We got back to playing really good defense and Lucas pitched his tail off.”

At Monticello, the Lions took an early lead, going up 4-0 after their first three at-bats. Lucas Cash led things off with a solo home run in the first and Christian Lam added a homer of his own in the third. Josh Cutright and Shane Dunkum crossed the plate in the second inning. The Mustangs rallied in the bottom of the third, cutting the Lions’ lead to 4-3. Following a scoreless fourth inning, Cutright put one over the fence for a three-run homer in the fifth to boost the Lions to a 7-3 lead. The Lions kept their momentum going in the sixth with Cash, Lam, Dunkum, Jacob Barber and Evan Straley all scoring runs.

The Lions had 11 hits throughout the night, with Lam, Cash and Straley each notching two. Barber and Brent Wallace split the pitching responsibilities, striking out a combined 10 batters.

The Lions host the Fluvanna Flucos on June 10 to close out their season. Action begins at 6:30 p.m.

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