Sat., May 25-- The Rockbridge County High School baseball and softball teams both placed fourth in the Blue Ridge District Tournament, coming up short in the third-place games on Friday, while the Parry McCluer High School softball team earned a berth in the Region C, Division 1 Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Wildcat baseball team, which earned a 5-2 win over Lord Botetourt on Tuesday in the district quarterfinals, suffered a 9-3 loss to William Byrd on Friday in the semifinals before falling 8-7 to Staunton River in the third-place game. All three contests were played at Lord Botetourt High School.
RCHS (8-12 overall, 2-10 district) got an impressive pitching performance by Ryan Coale in its win over Lord Botetourt (14-6). Coale struck out six while allowing six hits and walking three. Leading the Wildcat batters with two hits each were Luke Brinkley, Connor Staton, Zack Wells and Jordan Dye.
Against William Byrd (15-7, 9-4), which went on to win the championship over Alleghany, the Wildcats took a 3-0 lead, boosted by an RBI-triple on a fly ball to left field by Colter Bennett in the top of the fourth. The Terriers struck back, though, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the fourth, including four home runs.
The third-place game remained close throughout, but Staunton River surged ahead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-6 lead. John Colliton homered in the seventh, but the Golden Eagle defense put away the Wildcats.
In softball action, the fourth-seeded Wildcats (12-10, 4-9) lost the third-place game to Lord Botetourt, 10-1, on Friday at Staunton River.
In the Pioneer District Tournament semifinals, PM came up short in an 11-10 battle against third-seeded Craig County on Thursday in Buena Vista. McKenzie Henderson belted a solo home run for the second-seeded Blues, and teammate Lexy Johnson went 5-for-5, scoring three runs.
The Blues (11-6, 6-3) will be the No. 4 seed in the Region C, Division 1 Tournament and will play host to Craig County on Monday at 5 p.m.
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