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The Knights advanced to the district tournament final by turning back Christiansburg.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
CHRISTIANSBURG —Not even a little rain could slow down the top-seeded Cave Spring softball team Wednesday.
After waiting through more than a two-hour weather delay, Taylor Asimakopoulos threw a four-hit shutout and her Knights teammates got all the runs they needed in the first two innings as Cave Spring blanked Christiansburg 5-0 in a River Ridge District tournament semifinal.
The Knights advanced to Friday’s final where they’ll play the winner of today’s other semifinal between Blacksburg and Salem. The Bruins and Spartans were scheduled to play Wednesday after the first semifinal, but the game was moved to today because of the weather delay. It will begin at 5 p.m. at Christiansburg’s Harkrader Park.
Asimakopoulos got off to a rocky start in the first when she allowed back-to-back singles to the first two Christiansburg batters, but she settled down and got out of the jam with an infield popup and two strikeouts.
“In the first she just had to get loose, but she had her groove on tonight,” Cave Spring head coach Nick Sharp said of his pitcher.
The Knights had their groove on in the bottom half of the first, scoring on a Christiansburg throwing error and an RBI single by shortstop Kylie Kent to go up 2-0. Cave Spring put three more runs on the board in the second inning, capped by a two-out, two-run double by outfielder Cortney Cooper.
“I love when our team gets up early. It takes so much pressure off of me,” Asimakopoulos said.
Another person impressed with Cave Spring’s performance was Christiansburg coach Dave Cooper, who was complimentary of the whole Lady Knights team.
“Cave Spring puts a lot of pressure on you. They put the ball in play and are really disciplined,” Cooper said. “There’s no doubt they’re the best team in the district.”
Despite the loss, Christiansburg’s season may not be over.
If Salem wins today’s semifinal the Blue Demons will play Blacksburg on Friday and the winner will then advance to regional play.
If the Bruins are victorious this afternoon they advance to regionals with Cave Spring and Salem while Christiansburg would be out.
Christiansburg 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
Cave Spring 230 000 0 — 5 6 1
Brown and Miller; Asimakopoulos and White. W – Asimakopoulos. L- Brown
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