HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The 18th-ranked Shenandoah Hornets used a potent offense to sweep the Tigers on Saturday in a conference double header. The Hornets took decisions of 26-2 and 11-5. The Tigers now stand at 12-15 on the season and 6-8 in conference play while the Hornets improve to 24-6 overall and 11-3 in the ODAC.
The Hornets built a big, early lead in game one, using five runs in each the second and third innings to go up 10-0. After two runs in the fourth and fifth, they held a 14-0 lead.
The Tigers were able to get on the scoreboard in the fifth, capitalizing on a Hornet error to help Andrew Kasiski (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) score on a wild pitch. Tyler Blevins (Draper, VA/Pulaski) then drove in Matthew Spagnolo (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) on an RBI-single.
Shenandoah continued to score, with seven runs in the sixth, four runs in the seventh, and one in the eighth to take a 26-2 lead.
On the mound, Jimmy Butler (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) allowed five runs – four earned – on six hits and a walk in two innings. Trent Jacobs (Farmville, VA/Fuqua) also threw two innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Even Lester (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) allowed just one run on one hit and four walks with four strikeouts in three innings.
Offensively, the Tigers had nine hits to Shenandoah's 24. Kasiski led the way, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Hornets scored early in game two, scoring twice in the first and once in the second to go up 3-0.
Shenandoah responded with two runs of its own in the fifth to go up 5-2.
The Tigers continued to fight, with Cody Smith (Bristol, VA/Virginia HS) scoring in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch. Brian Goodwyn (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) then scored in similar fashion, crossing the plate on a passed ball and bringing the Tigers within one.
Shenandoah went back up two with a run in the top of the sixth, but Jayson Maitland (Colonial Heights, VA/Colonial Heights) batted in Moe Gothe (Chester, VA/Thomas Dale) in the bottom of the seventh to make it 6-5.
The back-and-forth continued as Shenandoah pushed its lead back to two with another run in the top of the eighth.
The Hornets then added insurance in the ninth, scoring four runs to take an 11-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
On the mound, Chase Mayberry (Appomattox, VA/Appomattox) went 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks with a strikeout. Bradford Webb (Charlotte Court House, VA/Randolph Academy) struck out three while allowing two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings. Trey Celata (Chesapeake, VA/Atlantic Shores Christian) allowed one run on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. Hayden Basse (Fairfax Station, VA/Bishop O'Connell) allowed one run on three hits and a walk, and Jonathan Triesler (Chesterfield, VA/Clover Hill) allowed four unearned runs on four hits with a strikeout.
Offensively, the Tigers had 11 hits to Shenandoah's 20. Daugherty led the group, going 3-for-4.
The Tigers will remain at home, hosting Randolph-Macon on Wednesday, April 18. First pitch is set for 4:00 PM.