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Chatham picked up a Dogwood District win over Altavista while Tunstall and Dan River fell to Appomattox and William Campbell, respectively …

ALTAVISTA, Va. — Senior Henry Hurt smacked a three-run, home run, sophomore Kennen Lewis pitched a two-hitter and Chatham scored eight runs in the second inning to cruise to an 11–1 win over Altavista in Dogwood District action Friday night.

Altavista (0–16, 0–9 Dogwood) got the jump on Chatham early, taking a 1–0 lead on sophomore Evan Scruggs’ RBI single to left field in the first. However, the Colonels didn’t hold the lead long as the Cavaliers struck for three runs in their half of the first to take a two-run lead. Junior Carrington Aaron started things off with his run-scoring double to center and junior Jake Moore followed with a single to left that scored Aaron and gave the ‘Cavs the lead. Sophomore Alex Van Pelt finished the rally with his RBI single to center.

Chatham (14–5, 9–2) broke the game wide open with its eight-run second. Aaron got the frame going with his double to center that scored junior Kendell Sanders and Moore backed him up with a single to center that gave the Cavaliers a 5–1 lead. Hurt followed with his three-run shot to center and senior Dawson Newell kept the ball rolling with his base knock to left that scored Van Pelt. Sophomore Kennen Lewis made it a nine-run game when he scored on a wild pitch and Newell came home courtesy of an error on Aaron’s ground ball to give the ‘Cavs an 11–1 cushion.

Hurt paced Chatham with a 3-for-4, three-RBI performance while Aaron and Moore drove in a pair of runs on a pair of hits apiece. Van Pelt and Newell chipped in with RBIs as well.

Lewis scattered a pair of hits and allowed a run while striking out five in four innings pitched.

Chatham returns to action May 20 when it concludes the regular season with a matchup against Dan River.

DRY FORK, Va. — Appomattox County scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 14–2 victory over Tunstall in non-district action Friday night.

Alex Caruso started the scoring in the first with a two-run double to left field and Ethan Walton made it a three-run contest with his double to center. Mannix Wilhoit pushed the Raiders’ advantage to four with his RBI fielder’s choice and a Tunstall error on Jake Maner’s groundball scored two runs to make it 6–0.

Caruso’s solo home run in the second made it a seven-run contest and Caruso helped his cause again in the fourth with a run-scoring double to left that gave Appomattox (15–0) an eight-run cushion.

Senior Caulier Barker got Tunstall (11–7) on the board in the fourth when he led off the frame with a solo home run to center. The Trojans made it an 8–2 contest in the sixth when senior Elijah Byrd scored.

However, the Raiders sapped the momentum with six runs in the top of the seventh. A pair of errors brought in the first runs of the frame and Caruso gave Appomattox a 10-run cushion with his two-run double to left. Walton’s single back to the pitcher made it a 13–2 contest and Caruso scored on a passed ball to lead to the final score.

Caruso drove in a game-high six runs while Walton finished with two.

RINGGOLD, Va. — William Campbell knocked off Dan River 13–6 in Dogwood District action Friday night.

William Campbell (3–11, 1–8 Dogwood) got on the board early courtesy of Payton Mason’s RBI single in the first. The Generals took a four-run lead in the second courtesy of a three-run frame. Rakell Yuiile gave William Campbell a two-run lead with his RBI double to center field and Tyler Mason pushed the Generals’ advantage to three with his run-scoring double to right. Jacob Halsey made it a 4–0 contest with his RBI single to short.

Dan River (8–7, 4–3) got on the board in the second courtesy of David Wiles’ run-scoring single to right. The Wildcats pulled within two, 4–2, on Ethan Sowers’ single to right that scored Garland.

That’s as close as the ‘Cats would get as the Generals scored three in the fourth to take a five-run lead. Halsey started the rally with his RBI bunt single and Tyree Williams kept the scoring going when he came home on a Dan River error. Tyler Mason rounded out the scoring when he scored on a passed ball to give William Campbell a 7–2 lead.

It was the fifth that proved the difference as the Generals scored five runs to increase their lead to double digits. Tyler Mason made it 10–2 with his two-run blast to right and Colten Allen kept the rally going with his RBI single. Payton Mason pushed William Campbell’s lead to double digits with his run-scoring double to center.

Sowers got the Wildcats within nine on his RBI single in the fifth and Brayden Harris scored on a passed ball in the same frame to get Dan River within eight, 12–4, heading into the final two innings.

Dylan Howerton’s two-run single pulled the Wildcats within six in the sixth and Brian Trent concluded the scoring when he worked a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to give William Campbell a 13–6 advantage and lead to the final score.

Sowers and Howerton each led the Wildcats with a pair of RBIs while Sowers led with two hits.

Tyler Mason led William Campbell with three RBIs on three hits while Halsey and Payton Mason drove in a pair of runs apiece.

Dan River returns to action Tuesday when it takes on Martinsville on the road at 5 p.m.

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