Brian Hoffman

The James River baseball team returned from spring break with a “Military Appreciation Night” game against Staunton River Monday. The visiting Eagles took a 12-3 win in Springwood following a brief ceremony prior to the game.

“Coming off of spring break, we needed some extra time to get the bats started,” said River coach Matt Gouker. “The boys played with a lot of grit as they were able to scratch a few across and play all seven.”

The visiting Eagles dominated the early innings and led by 10 before River staved off a “slaughter rule” game and hung in for the full seven innings. Andrew Bridges, Kevin Theimer and Chase Oberg had one hit each for the Knights while Kevin Austin took the lose on the mound. He pitched the first four innings before Kevin Theimer came on for the final three.


With the loss the Knights fell to 2-7 on the season.

“We can’t take anything away from a good Staunton River team,” said Gouker. “We continue our work as one team to meet our overall team goal.”

The Knights were scheduled to host Carroll County on Tuesday, then they’re off until April 30 when they host Glenvar in Springwood.