Martinsville Post 42 17, Roanoke Post 3 Cutters 8
Things looked bleak early on at Kawanis Field in Salem for the Martinsville Post 42 junior legion team. Roanoke Post 3 Cutters, the No. 3 seed, jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings, but Post 42 chipped away with three runs in the third inning, two more in the fifth inning, and then Martinsville, the No. 6 seed, exploded for 11 runs in the sixth inning to take control for a 17-8 upset win to open the District F tournament.
The sixth-inning rally began with a one-out walk by Colin Cunningham. Lucas Wilson followed with a single, and then Kyle Ramsey drove them both in with a double to cut the deficit to just one, 8-7. Seth Martin and Conner Plaster each got hit by pitchers to load the bases, and Drew Fisher gave Martinsville the lead with a double, 9-8.
The line kept rolling when Paxton Tucker drove in Plaster with a single, and then Colton Stegall drove in a pair with a double of his own to make it 12-8. Colby Cunningham made it 13-8 with another double. A few batters later Ramsey made it 14-8, a double steal made it 15-8 and then Martin singled home another to make it 16-8.
Tucker scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to add another insurance run.
After a rough start in which Roanoke scored eight runs over the course of the first two innings, Cade Varner came in and calmed things down with two innings of perfect relief. He passed the ball off to Ramsey, who worked 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Drew Fisher came in for the final two outs to close out the win. The defense was an issue early on, as only three of the eight runs Roanoke Post 3 scored were earned.
Fisher and Ramsey each finished with three RBIs. Stegall drove in two, and Colby Cunningham, Martin, Tucker and Plaster each drove in one. As a team, Post 42 cranked out 17 hits.
Post 42 advances in the winner's bracket, and now moves on to face the winner of No. 2 Roanoke Post 3 Heat and No. 7 Big Island 217. If Roanoke wins, the game will be back at Kiwanis Field at 7 p.m. If Big Island wins, the game will be played at Hooker Field at 7 p.m.
Magna Vista announces key athletic dates for opening week of practices
The official start of fall practices begin Thursday, August 1 for Virginia high schools.
On Wednesday, Magna Vista will be giving athletic physicals in the school gym from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. The cost for physicals will be $10 cash.
After that, the football team will open practice at 9:30 a.m. until noon on August 1 at the school. The golf team's first practice will also be Thursday, at Oak Hills Golf Course at 9 a.m. On August 5, volleyball and cross country will hold their first practices, both at 5:30 p.m. at the school.
Piedmont Juniors golf event set to begin next week
Beginning Wednesday, July 31, local golf courses will be hosting the Piedmont Juniors for any golfer between the ages of 7 and 18, as long as the player hasn't graduated from high school.
The event will begin Wednesday at Gordon Trent Golf Club at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, August 6, Forest Park Country Club will host, and on a date that is still to be determined Chatmoss Country Club will also host.
There are four age groups for the participants: 7-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18. To sign up, call Gordon Trent at 276-694-3805. The final day to register is Sunday, July 28 by 5 p.m. Tee times for Wednesday's event will be published on Monday.