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Moore drives in four RBIs in Chatham’s rout of Altavista in Dogwood action

Chatham junior Jake Moore drove in a game-high four RBIs, junior Carrington Aaron drove in three runs and Chatham scored 10 runs in the first inning to set up the Cavaliers’ rout of Altavista …

ALTAVISTA, Va. — Chatham junior Jake Moore drove in a game-high four RBIs, junior Carrington Aaron drove in three runs and Chatham scored 10 runs in the first inning to set up an 18–6 rout of Altavista in five innings of Dogwood District action Wednesday night.

Senior Cam Satterfield got the big first inning going for Chatham (7–4, 4–1 Dogwood) with a line drive to center field and Aaron reached on a bunt to third. Moore brought the Cavaliers’ first run home with his single to center and sophomore Alex Van Pelt doubled down on the ‘Cavs’ lead when he worked a bases-loaded walk. Senior Henry Hurt followed with a bases-loaded walk of his own and senior Dawson Newell made it a four-run contest with his RBI ground out to short.

Sophomore Benjamin Williams kept the train rolling after being hit by a pitch to bring in a run and Satterfield pushed Chatham’s lead to seven with his two-run single to center. Aaron drove in his first run on a double to center and Moore followed with a single to left that scored junior Kendell Sanders and gave the Cavaliers a 9–0 cushion. Van Pelt rounded out the monster frame with his RBI base knock to left that scored Aaron.

Altavista (0–11, 0–4) got on the board in the first when senior Ben Tweedy scored on an error. The Colonels cut into their deficit deeper with a three-run second on sophomore Eric Nichols’ two-run double to right and sophomore Evan Scruggs’ two-run home run that pulled Altavista within 10–5 heading into the third.

Hurt helped the Cavaliers get one of those runs back in the third when he smacked a double to left that plated Moore and made it an 11–5 contest.

The ‘Cavs blew the lid off the doors in the fourth, scoring six runs to set up the slaughter-rule victory. Aaron drove in sophomore Kennen Lewis and Williams with his double to left and Moore gave Chatham a 10-run cushion with his two-run double to center. Cornell made it an 11-run contest with his RBI single to left and Lewis rounded out the frame with his run-scoring base knock that gave the Cavaliers a 17–5 lead.

A Chatham error on senior Caleb Cothran’s ground ball helped Altavista get a run back and make it 17–6. Cornell’s RBI single in the fifth led to the final score.

Moore had a monster night at the plate for the Cavaliers, driving in a game-high four RBIs while finishing 3-for-4. Aaron matched his efforts, going 3-for-4 and driving in three runs. Satterfield, Cornell, Van Pelt and Hurt drove in a pair of runs for the ‘Cavs.

Nichols and Scruggs led the Colonels with two RBIs apiece.

Chatham returns to action April 26 when it takes on Bassett in a non-district road matchup at 5 p.m.

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