Pitchers lead Stonewall past Luray
NEW MARKET — Stonewall Jackson got exactly what it was looking for on senior night.
Senior Cole Holsinger and junior Tyler Somers combined for a strong pitching performance Tuesday and the Generals topped Luray, 5-3, in Shenandoah District and Conference 44 baseball action.
“You always want to have a good outing when it’s senior night,” Holsinger said. “One of the last games that you can play. So to have a good game is what you go for, and I had a pretty good game.”
Holsinger was dominant on the mound for five innings. He struck out nine with no walks and allowed only three hits. He said he had all of his pitches working for him against the Bulldogs.
“I felt great,” Holsinger said. “Offspeed was working for me. Fastball was even working, especially in the beginning of the game. Everything was really working. I threw a few more offspeed early, and then fastballs in later innings which kept them off balance.”
The Generals (9-10, 6-8 Shenandoah) took the lead in the top of the third.
With two outs, Dylan Vann and Somers had back-to-back singles off Luray starting pitcher Dylan Jenkins. They each moved up a base on a wild pitch and scored on a two-run single by Holsinger.
“Men on, just trying to get the job done,” Holsinger said. “Timely hitting is a big key, especially for this team. We’ve had a lot of timely hits this year. It was a fastball — took it right up the middle.”
Holsinger scored on an RBI double by Matt Dove for a 3-0 edge.
The Bulldogs (9-11, 6-8 Shenandoah) cut the lead to two in the top of the fourth. Zach Wright led off with a single and stole second.
With two outs, Boo Dean’s RBI single cut the lead to 3-1.
The Generals came right back in the bottom of the fourth. Brett Jones drew a lead-off walk from Luray relief pitcher Zach Wright.
A sacrifice bunt by Wyatt Estep moved Jones to second, and David Moomaw followed with a bloop single. A groundout RBI by Logan Ritchie stretched the lead to 4-1.
“We only had eight hits, but they were eight hits at the right time,” Stonewall Jackson coach Mike Lenox said. “Everybody kind of stepped up tonight and did good with that, which I kind of think we’ve been lacking lately. So I think that was a key.”
The Generals extended the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Jones singled and Estep doubled off Weaver.
Stonewall Jackson pinch-runner Duncan Schroeder scored on a sacrifice fly RBI by Moomaw.
Somers struck out all three batters he faced in the sixth inning, but got into some trouble in the seventh.
Dean and Evan Hamilton had back-to-back singles, and Jacob Carrico’s two-run double cut the lead to 5-3.
Somers responded by striking out Luray pinch-hitter Cory Griffin, and inducing back-to-back groundouts to end the game.
“I like Tyler on the mound. He’s a bulldog,” Lenox said. “He fights no matter what’s going on. He just came back after giving up those three hits and struck the next guy out. That’s the kind of kid he is. That’s someone I can rely on.”
Holsinger said it was important to get a win on senior night for the group of five seniors — Holsinger, Estep, Jones, Schroeder and Vann.
“We’re a family,” Holsinger said of the seniors. “We’ve known each other growing up, playing baseball all the way from Little League all the way to high school. It’s great to keep everyone together. It’s like a family bond.”
Dean led the Bulldogs with two hits.
The Generals will begin the postseason with a home game Friday against William Campbell in the first round of the Conference 44 tournament.
Stonewall Jackson beat William Campbell last year in the tournament.
“I’m looking forward to hopefully making some noise here,” Lenox said. “We have the tools to do it, and the players to do it with. So hopefully we can come out and play on Friday.”
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