They are at it again. When Roanoke Rails and the New River Roadrunners play, the last out of the game is always in question. Wednesday night was no exception. Ferrum College middle reliever, Easton Riggs got the ball in his first start of the summer, and he didn’t disappoint.
Roadrunner ace Austin Southcott (Concord U), a former “Pitcher of the Week” in the CVCSL started for New River, in what promised to be another close game between close rivals. New River was the home team tonight due to their lack of a suitable facility, and the “visiting” Rails took the lead quickly with a lead-off double by center fielder Lincoln Evans (Lynchburg College), a single by Chad Frazier (Francis Marion) and a ground ball off the bat of Nic Ratliff (Bluefield College).
NRV’s Kyle Asher volleyed back with a single of his own and scored on a single from Scott Edwards to tie the score at one. In the fourth, first baseman Will Kaufman (Cal U of PA) lined an opposite field home run down the left line to give the Rails another one run lead.
Riggs would exit with one out in the bottom of the sixth allowing just five hits and one earned run and give way to Austin Gregory (Roanoke College) who tossed two scoreless innings in relief, followed by Kyle Goddard who did likewise both striking out two. Hunter Allen (Southern VA) and Jo Stickney (Ferrum) both singled in the six and scored on Griffin Stanley’s gap double. Stickney, Rigg’s catcher at William Byrd High School and Ferrum College, Stickney was rewarded with his first Rails start contributing both a single and double in his at bats.
Joey Sutphin (Hampden-Sydney) laced a lead-off single in the eighth and scored on a passed ball to stretch the Rails lead to four runs. The Roadrunners would rally in the ninth, yet closer Steven Ball (George Mason) found his bearing and struck out the last Roadrunners to preserve a 5-3 victory.