Baseball walks off Prince George after back-and-forth game


Ian Hooks

Carson Hupp threw three innings, surrendering one unearned run on no hits with three strikeouts.

Both pitching staffs had their hands full on Monday in a high-scoring affair which saw the Cavaliers best the Prince George Royals, 7-6. Walks ravaged the Prince George pitchers, as the Cavs trotted down to first a total of eight times in the matchup. While walks hardly played a role for the side of the Cavalier pitching, which only allowed two free passes, it was the six errors that kept Prince George in the game for the entirety of all seven innings.

Prince George opened up the scoring in the top of the first, when they hit a triple over sophomore right fielder Lucas Rose’s head, scoring a runner. Following four Cavalier errors in the frame, the Royals were able to extend their lead to three before ever seeing the field on defense. The Cavs were still able to tie the game at three, following a plethora of Prince George walks, despite the fact that they had no hits through the first two and one-third innings. Junior third baseman Connor Powell and senior first baseman Nick Dodge contributed runs batted in (RBI) in the three-run third inning. 

After lots of back-and-forth action in the middle innings, which saw the Cavs outscore the Royals 3-2, coach Brett Mooney handed the ball off to freshman arm Carson Hupp, who impacted the game immediately, tossing two scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth. Holding a one run lead entering the top of the seventh, Hupp strolled back to the mound to collect the last three outs of the game. However, after an error, a sacrifice bunt and a balk, the tying run crossed the plate for the Royals. 

Junior catcher Randy Richeson went 2-3 with two singles and two walks on Monday. (Ian Hooks)

Entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Cavs were in a 6-6 deadlock against the Royals. On the first pitch of the inning, sophomore Ian Watts was plunked by the pitch, and walked to first base with senior shortstop Chase Thomas stepping up to the plate. Thomas laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing Watts to second base. Following Thomas, junior catcher Randy Richeson stepped up to the plate. Richeson singled to left field on the first pitch of the plate appearance, once again advancing Watts. 

Poised to walk off Prince George, with a runner on third and two outs, junior Preston Corbitt stepped into the batter’s box. Corbitt took the first pitch, going 0-1 in the count, but hammered the ball on the next pitch to right-center field gap to walk it off for the Cavs. Corbitt, the Cavalier Chronicle Player of the Game, went 1-4, with his walk-off double, one RBI and a hit by pitch credited to him in the bottom of the second inning.

The Green and Gold will look to regroup after a 3-7 start to the season. The Cavaliers face the Huguenot Falcons at Huguenot High School in their next game, on April 20 at 6 p.m.