The James River baseball team not only picked up its first win last week, the Knights did it against a team that was previously undefeated. River beat Glenvar, 8-4, in Springwood to knock the Highlanders from the ranks of the unbeaten.
The Knights came from behind to rough up Glenvar reliever Cam Wiley for eight runs after starter Ryan Butler pitched four scoreless innings. Colin Cook’s two-run single broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth and the Knights added two more insurance runs.
Gabe Sebastino picked up the win on the mound in relief of Austin Thomas, who pitched five strong innings. Thomas allowed just two runs, one earned, and didn’t walk a batter to keep the Knights in the game. Sebastino came on in the sixth and allowed two runs, one earned, in that inning before shutting out the Highlanders in the top of the seventh to close the door.
Cook and Thomas both had two hits for River and Cook and Sebastino had two runs batted in each. Eight different Knights scored as River improved to 1-4 for the season.
On Friday in Low Moor the Knights dropped a 4-3 game to homestanding Alleghany. River took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth but the Mountaineers scratched two runs off Jake Braun, who went the distance on the mound for James River. Jake struck out four.
The Knights had eight hits in the game, with Kahlique White and Sebastino stroking two each. White scored twice and Sebastino knocked in a pair.
River was scheduled to play at Radford on Monday but that game was rained out and rescheduled for June 10. The Knights will host Floyd in a Three Rivers District matchup on Friday at 5 p.m.