The Lord Botetourt softball team will be home Friday to host Northside in a Blue Ridge District softball game. The Cavs are looking to rebound this week with games against Franklin County and the Vikings after dropping two games last week.
Botetourt lost a heartbreaker to William Byrd in Vinton last Tuesday, 7-6. The Cavs led 6-5 into the bottom of the seventh inning but Byrd’s Haleigh Vaughan singled on the first pitch of her at bat, chasing home two teammates for a walk-off win.
“Even though the game did not end how we wanted it to, we are learning a lot about ourselves in this young season,” said LB coach Cheryl Shockley. “We give credit to William Byrd as they stepped up and put the ball in play when they needed to when their backs were against the wall.”
Rhyann Jones took the loss for LB. The right-hander went six and two-thirds innings, allowing seven runs on 12 hits, striking out six and walking one.
On Friday night in Moneta, Botetourt dropped a 4-1 decision to Staunton River. Jones went the distance again, allowing eight hits and three earned runs while fanning five. Hailey Deter had two of LB’s five hits.
“Staunton River came up with some really good defensive plays to stop any momentum we were trying to create,” said Shockley. “We just need to be patient with ourselves in the box and keep adjusting to get more runs across the plate.”
Botetourt was home to Franklin County Tuesday, but results were too late for publication. Friday’s scheduled game with Northside has been postponed.