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The Bengals play Piedmont District rival Tunstall, which beat Hidden Valley 8-6 in the other semifinal, 6 p.m. Friday night at Dan Daniel Stadium in Danville for the regional crown.
Friday, May 31, 2013
MARTINSVILLE - It's been 14 years since Bassett was last in the Group AA baseball tournament. Given the chance to return, the Bengals didn't take long to do something with it.
Bassett (15-7) worked over four Cave Spring pitchers for 15 hits and rolled to an 11-2 victory in the semifinals of the Region IV tournament Thursday at Hooker Field.
The Bengals play Piedmont District rival Tunstall, which beat Hidden Valley 8-6 in the other semifinal, 6 p.m. tonight at Dan Daniel Stadium in Danville for the regional crown. Both teams advance to next Tuesday's state quarterfinals. The winner will host the Region III runner-up and the second place team goes to the Region III champion.
"This is what we've talked about doing from Day 1," Bengals coach Bill Parks said.
Bassett has lost two one run games to Tunstall (20-1) during the regular season. Weather prevented the teams from playing each other for the district tournament title last week and the teams were declared co-champions.
The pitcher in both games for Bassett was left-hander Kemper Terry. He's not available for today's contest having pitching his allotment earlier in the week.
"I probably wouldn't use him even if he were available," said Parks, looking ahead to next week.
Terry was outstanding with the bat against the Knights (10-15) going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Nic Keister at the top of the lineup had a pair of hits and scored twice. Trevor Martin started on the mound and doubled in two runs with his second of two hits.
Jonah McReynolds also had a couple of hits and pitched the last 1 1/3 innings.
After a tough start to the season, Cave Spring won three of its last four including the third place game of the River Ridge District tournament to qualify for the region. Cave Spring won 5-4 at Abingdon in the opening round to put itself in position to go to its fourth state tournament berth in as many years.
"Two weeks ago, everybody and their mother had written us off," said first-year Knights coach Rick Lonker. "I'm proud of the way the guys battled to get here."
Jordan Bryant had two hits and an RBI for Cave Spring, which left 10 men on base.
"They got the key hits and we didn't," Lonker said. "That's pretty much the story."
Cave Spring 000 011 0 - 2 5 1
Bassett 104 10 5 x - 11 15 3
Benton, Myers (3), Huffman (5), Emery (6) and McIlwraith. Martin, McReynolds (6) and Gauldin.
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