The James River bats woke up in a big way last week as the Knights had 15 hits in an 8-5 win over Giles in Pearisburg Tuesday. The game was the last for River before this week’s spring break.

River let an early lead slip away before rallying in the top of the sixth inning to pull out the win. Kahlique White and Kevin Austin were both three-for-four at the plate and Case Oberg was two-for-four with a double. Gabe Sebastino drove in four runs.

“We continue to improve at the plate,” said coach Matt Gouker. “We had some players who were struggling who had a breakout night and had the success they were looking for.”
Kevin Theimer started on the mound for LB went the first four innings. He allowed three runs but none were earned.

Dyllan McAllister pitched the fifth and sixth innings and was credited with the win, and Sebastino pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.

“We had some guys that were playing in other positions that helped out the team, like Chase Oberg,” said Gouker. “It was an all around team victory for the Knights against Giles. We continue to work as a team to meet our overall team goal.”

River will return to action Monday with a home game against Staunton River, and that will be a 7 p.m. varsity start. It will be a jayvee-varsity doubleheader and it will also be “Military Appreciation Night.”

Next Tuesday River will host Carroll County at 5 p.m. in a Three Rivers District game.