The James River baseball team battled back from an early deficit in last week’s Friday’s home opener but came up just short in a 9-8 loss to Radford.
Radford jumped to an early lead with two runs in the first inning and six in the second, and a possible mercy rule outcome was anticipated. However, the Knights had no thoughts of checking out early and battled back to make it a game.
Kahlique White drove in a run in the fifth and Dalton Hall’s fielder’s choice started a three-run rally in the sixth, followed by an RBI single by John Austin. Gabe Setbastino led a seventh inning uprising that came up a run short.
River finished with 10 hits as Austin, Dakota Thomas, Braun, and White all had two hits each. Logan Campbell took the loss after struggling through the first three innings. Thomas and Sebastino came out of the pen to pitch four innings of scoreless relief as the offense rallied, only to come up a run short.
Now 0-2, the Knights were rained out of a Monday game at Carroll County. They’re scheduled to resume action today at Floyd, followed by a home game with Staunton River on Thursday.