Month: April 2016

Cougars get a much-deserved win over Cave Spring

Roanoke… Playing arguably their best game of the season, the Pulaski Co. Cougars defeated the Cave Spring Knights 3-2. The Cougars got a great pitching performance from senior Grant Osteen as he tossed a complete game, five-hitter. The senior gave up two runs on three hits in the first inning. He then settled down and gave up just two hits the remainder of the game. He helped his own cause at the plate as he scored a run and knocked in one.

The Cougars jumped on the Knights starter, Trey Hodson as they scored all three of their runs in the top of the first. Jon Osteen got things started with a single. Kam Hall then singled but was erased on an Andrew Lowe fielder’s choice, with Osteen moving to third. Then Grant Osteen singled his brother in. Camden Underwood singled and Nathanael Remington singled in Lowe. Dylan Danner also singled to score Grant Osteen for a three run uprising and only one out with the bases loaded. The next two batters would fly to shallow right and strike out leaving the bases loaded.

Cave Spring then answered with two runs in their half of the first with two outs. Hudson would double off the left field fence and Cameron Caldwell would do the same, scoring Hodson. Grant Wilson would single to score Caldwell, but Osteen got Zack Ward to ground out.

The Cougars would leave the bases loaded again in the third inning. The Knights would change pitchers and would get another hit the last four innings off of Justin Larkin.

This game became more and more intense as the Knights would leave the bases loaded in the sixth, but once again Osteen would get an out on a grounder. The bottom of the seventh would have its own drama after the first batter for Cave Spring would fly out to right. Larkin would reach on a hard shot, but an error on the Cougars. Lead-off man Steven Cacciatore then drew a walk. Jake Furrow came up and hit a rope back to Osteen who had the ball hit his pitching hand thumb. The ball went to his brother Jon at short. Jon would flip the ball to Danner at second for the second out. Cougar head coach Jared King and the umps would go check on Osteen as he pitched a couple throws to the plate and said he was all right. Hudson came up to bat. On Osteen’s first pitch, Furrow stole second base. With Larkin on third and Furrow on second to tie and win the game with two outs, Osteen reached back and found a little extra power then finished up striking out Hodson to end the game. The Cougars went wild.

Cougar head coach Jared King remarked, ”What a great performance from Grant Osteen today. I couldn’t have pried the ball from his hand to get that last out after he got hit on his throwing hand if I would have tried. He is one mentally tough kid; he’s our leader. What a gutsy performance.“ Coach then added, ”I’m so proud of the guys. We came here after playing bad the last two home games, and they played their hearts out today. I’m so happy for them.“

The Cougars (6-7-1) also had to use sophomore catcher Trent Blankenship behind the plate up from the junior varsity. Lowe, the regular catcher, had been feeling bad late in the game Tuesday at home and wasn’t fully recovered. When asked about Blankenship at catcher Coach King said, ”We had to use Trent at catcher out of necessity. He did a marvelous job for us behind the plate. He also reached base twice. This was a big win for us to say the least.”

The Cougars will be back in action Tuesday as they play Hidden Valley at Cougar Field. First pitch is slated for 5 pm.





Pulaski Co. 3 9 2 9

Cave Spring 2 5 1 7




Pulaski Co. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3

Cave Spring 2 0 0 0 0 0 0-2



Pulaski Co. – WP- G.Osteen – ( 3-0)

Cave Spring- LP- Hodson

Results for April 29


Pulaski Co. 3 Cave Spring 2

Glenvar 20 Radford 0 – 5 inns.

Grayson Co. 9 Fort Chiswell 1

Hidden Valley 7 Blacksburg 0

Christiansburg 1 Carroll Co. 0

George Wythe 8 Galax 7

PH-Glade Spring 2 Chilhowie 1


Giles 10 Eastern Montgomery 9

Glenvar 17 Radford 6

Carroll Co. 13 Christiansburg 3 – 6 inns.


PH-Glade Spring 3 Fort Chiswell 1 – boys

Christiansburg 8 Carroll Co. 6 – girls

Blacksburg 5 Hidden Valley 1 – boys


Cave Spring 9 Pulaski Co. 0 – girls


Scores for April 28


Martinsville 5 Floyd Co. 4

John Battle 7 Gate City 3

Lebanon 16 Ridgeview 4 – 6 inns


Carroll Co. 14 Grayson Co. 1 -5 inns

Galax 20 Graham 0 – 5 inns


Blacksburg 8 Carroll Co. 0 – girls

Blacksburg 9 Carroll Co. 1 – boys


Hidden Valley 8 Blacksburg 1- boys

Results for April 27


Fort Chiswell 6 George Wythe 2

Chlihowie 4 Eastside 2

Marion – Grayson Co. – ppd. Rain

Northside 9 Patrick Henry 4

Princeton (WV) 11 Bluefield (WV) 7- ( Former Pul. Co. Cougar Josh Wilburn got his 100th win at Princeton- took over in 2010)

Glenvar 3 James River 2


Chilhowie 13 Abingdon 1

Carroll Co. Grayson Co. – ppd rain

George Wythe 11 Fort Chiswell 1

James River 12 Glenvar 4


James River 8 Glenvar 5 – girls

Bobcats, Williamson halts Giles

Radford Bobcats baseball team traveled to Giles and came away with a 7-3 victory. Their starting pitcher Reese Williamson not only got the pitching win but helped himself at the plate. Williamson threw a complete game five hitter. He struck out 15 Spartans and walked no one. At the plate he hit a three run home run to help his own cause. Trace Shepherd, Matt Rehak and Michael Wheeler each had a hit. Taylor Newcome scored two runs. Radford head coach Greg Ridpath said,” We got off to a bad start and I got onto them some. They answered the challenge. This was a big win for us. ” Coach then added,” What a great job Reese (Williamson) did. He not only pitched real well after the first inning but he helped us at the plate as well.”

Giles starting pitcher Austin Pennington took the loss as he went 3.1 innings.He gave up all seven runs and walked six. He went two for three and scored a run for the Spartans, as well.

Radford 7- runs 4-hits 1- error 7 -LOB

Giles 3-Runs 5- hits 2- errors 2-LOB

Cougars struggle; lose to Spartans

Dublin… The Pulaski Co. Cougars played the Salem Spartans and lost 15-2 as they actually beat themselves. The biggest difference in the game was the Cougars themselves. They committed eight errors that lead to eight unearned Spartans runs.

Salem (9-4) got a complete game, a five-hitter thrown by pitcher Alex Persinger. Persinger went all six innings in a game that ended after six innings due to the 10 run slaughter rule. Persinger gave up just two runs on five hits and struck out nine Cougar batters. Salem finished with 15 hits, but make no mistake about it, the Cougar miscues were their worse enemy in this ball game. Jacob Dodd had three hits for the Spartans, scored twice and knocked in two. Joe Quinn went three for four, scoring three and one RBI. John Stovall and Trevor Austin each had two RBI. Nine different Spartan batters had at least one hit and they stole eight bases.

Pulaski Co. scored one run in the first and one in the sixth. Andrew Lowe and Grant Osteen had one run knocked in. Kam Hall and Jon Osteen scored the two Cougar runs. Their starting pitcher Dylan Danner deserved better support as he tossed 3.1 innings giving up seven runs but only two of those were earned. He walked three, gave up seven hits, and took the loss.

The Cougars (5-7-1) have given up 25 runs in the last two games. Ten of those were unearned. They have committed 10 errors in those two games and 31 hits. Offensively they have only scored three runs on nine hits.

A disappointed Cougar head coach Jared King said, ”We beat ourselves. We didn’t make the routine play. It’s stuff we work on in practice.” Coach then added, ”I give Salem’s pitcher (Persinger) credit. He moved the ball around and we didn’t adjust. We came into this game with a game plan and we didn’t adjust and that’s my fault.”

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Cougars as they will travel to Cave Spring Friday to take on the Knights. First pitch will be at 5 pm.




Salem – 2 1 4 0 1 7 – 15

  1. Co. – 1 0 0 0 0 1- 2



Salem 15 15 0 8

Pul. Co. 2 5 8 3



Salem – WP- Persinger

PC – LP- Danner ( 1-1)

Results for April 26


Christiansburg 11 Blacksburg 9

Salem 15 Pulaski Co. 2

Radford 7 Giles 3

Patrick Henry 5 Carroll Co. 2

Hidden Valley 4 Cave Spring 0

Auburn 12 Eastern Montgomery 0 -5 inns

Glenvar 5 Floyd Co. 1

Tazewell 3 Marion 2

Abingdon 6 Va. High 5

Thomas Walker 5 Castlewood 3

Union 14 John Battle 10

Lebanon 11 Richlands 1 -5 inns

Gate City 12 Lee High 4


Salem 2 Pulaski Co. 1 – boys

Salem 10 Pulaski Co. 0 -girls

Blacksburg 3 Christiansburg 0 – boys

Patrick Henry 7 Carroll Co. 0 -girls


Salem 6 Pulaski Co. 1

Blacksburg 6 Christiansburg 0

Carroll Co. 11 Patrick Henry 0 – 5 inns

Floyd Co. 3 Glenvar 2 – 10 inns

Auburn 14 Eastern Montgomery 1

Radford 14 Giles 4


Glenvar 9 Floyd Co. 0 – boys

Bobcats lose to Knights

With the game tied at 2 after five innings, the James River Knights scored one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh for the victory. James River was lead by Garrett Dorton and Dakota Anderson. Both had two hits and knocked in a run. Relief pitcher Landen Horton threw the last two innings and got the win. He gave up one run on hits. The Bobcats (4-7) Roman Bonet scored two runs and Ty Hamblin one. Reece Williamson had two RBI on two hits. Trace Shepherd had the other RBI for the Cats. Taylor Newcome took the loss for Radford.

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Pioneers zip Chilhowie

Chilhowie… The Fort Chiswell Pioneers got a complete game, two hit shutout from Dallas Beasley as they defeated the Chilhowie Warriors 7-0. Beasley gave up a leadoff single and another single in the fourth as he threw just 88 pitches for the complete game. Fort Chiswell (9-1) got three hits from Jarred Tuck. He also scored one and had two RBI. Tanner Bailey produced three hits and knocked in one. Tanner Cook and Chance Davis both had two hits and a RBI each.

Beasley seemed to get stronger as he went, and he struck out the side in the fifth. He finished with six and walked just one.

Pioneer head coach Derrick Jackson said, ”We got a great performance today from Beasley. We did commit three errors and needs to clean that up. I thought Tuck, Davis and Bailey all had a good game for us. This was a big road win for us.”

Five different Pioneers scored their runs; Lucas Edmonds had two, Davis, Tuck, Cook, Ben Van Dyne and Bryson Booher each scored one.

The Pioneers have another big game on the road Wednesday as they travel to Wytheville to take on their archrivals the Maroons of George Wythe. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.



Chilhowie 0 2 2 3

Fort Chiswell 7 12 3 6



Chilhowie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0- 0

Fort Chiswell 1 2 0 4 0 0 0- 7


Fort Chiswell – WP- Beasley ( 2-0)

Chilhowie – LP- Vitale

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Scores for April 25


Fort Chiswell 7 Chilhowie 0

Christiansburg 10 Pulaski Co.1

James River 5 Radford 3

Grayson 18 Grundy 1 – 5 inns.

Narrows 3 Craig Co.1

Honaker 5 Gate City 2


Carroll Co. 10 Cave Spring 0 – 6 inns.

Pulaski Co. 12 Christiansburg 3


Christiansburg 3 Pulaski Co. 0 -boys

Radford 8 Giles 0 -girls

Giles 2 Radford 1 – boys

Christiansburg 7 Pulaski Co. 0 -girls

Graham 4 Grayson Co. 1 – boys


Grayson Co. 8 Carroll Co. 1