Thanks to some timely defense, Orange County managed to knock off Fluvanna County for a 7-5 win Thursday night, rallying from down 5-2 going into the sixth.
The Hornets’ rally started when Scott Clore stepped to the plate in the sixth. During his at-bat, Brayden Lohr stole home and Landon Pounds advanced all the way to third. Clore than singled to right and plated Pounds to pull Orange within a run. A couple of at bats later, Clore stole home to tie it and then Trey Clatterbuck singled to right to score Bryant Chiles and Carter Mastin and put Orange up 7-5. Mastin then stepped in to close out the game on the mound and secure the 7-5 win for Orange.
The Flucos had chances to blow the game open, including a bases loaded situation with two outs in the top of the sixth, but Fluvanna stranded 10 total runners on the night. Fluvanna pounded out 16 hits but struggled with timely hitting. Orange twice escaped bases loaded situations in the fifth and sixth, ending the fifth by nabbing a base-runner and the sixth by inducing a fly out. The Hornets even managed to shake off two errors in the bottom of the seventh and escape with the two-run win.
Pounds led the offense with a 2-for-3 night with a pair of runs while Caleb Tinsley and Clatterbuck each had a team-high two RBI.
Fluvanna’s Ryan Mann went 3-for-5 on the night and Nathan Gragg went 3-for-4. Jacob Butler, Bradley Cox, Grant Brown and Aaron Brown all had two hits each, but Mann and Cox had the only two RBI for the Flucos.
Orange’s pitching gave up the 16 hits but just five earned runs on that explosive offensive performance. Clore struck out three in 3.2 innins and Pounds nabbed another strikeout. Along with Mastin, the trio walked just three batters which definitely helped the Hornets hang around in the game.
The late rally burnt a solid performance by J.J. Glasscock in the first five innings. He struck out 10 before Orange wen to work on the base paths in the sixth.