Yesterday, at William Fleming High School, the Roanoke Rails took on the Kernersville Bulldogs, arguably the best team in the CVCL. In their previous three match-ups verses the Bulldog’s the Rails came up on the short end on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, that trend continued as the team from Kernersville combined excellent pitching with strong hitting to take a doubleheader from the hometown Rails.
Carter Brown (VT Club), coming off of three hit victory over the Fuquay-Varina Twins last weekend, would face the Bulldogs Wesley Edwards (Winston Salem State) in a solid righty vs righty opening game pitching match. Kernersville posted six Division I players in their game one starting line-up, a group that was held to six hits and one run by Brown over the first four innings. Cal Sutphin’s (Liberty U) two out double followed by a single off the bat of Zach Myers (Wake Tech) opened the scoring in the second inning. The Bulldogs added another run in the third on back-to-back doubles by Aaron Jones (Lenoir-Rhyne) and Camric Moye (UNC-Greensboro). Macon Smith’s (Western Carolina) solo homer in the fifth extended the Bulldogs lead to 3-0.
Edwards was dominant of the mound for the Bulldogs, carrying a no hitter into the fifth inning. After striking out the first two batters in the fifth, Edwards ran into his first sign of trouble when Josh Crout (Lake Eric College) and Blake Camarillo reached base on consecutive errors. Following a base on balls issued to shortstop Cody Meyer (Adrian College), Eric Hoff (Emory & Henry) broke up the clean slate with an infield hit, and a collection of Kernersville throwing errors tied the game a three.
Brown surrendered another three runs in the sixth and the bulldogs tacked on another two runs off of reliever Kyle Bandujo (Texas-Permian) to have the final Kernersville 8 Roanoke-3.
Game two would not be better for the Rails. Starter Mike Blanchard was saddled by five unearned runs in the first three innings while the Rails bats remained quiet. The UNC-Asheville mound duo of starter Brian Connally and closer Justin Hunt allowed just one run on the afternoon. Andrew DeLuca (Adrian College) singled, then scored on Will Kaufman’s (Cal U of PA) two out double off of the right field fence for the Rails only run. Thomas Kuhlman threw three strong innings in relief of Blanchard.
Rail-killer, Bulldog’s brilliant second baseman Ray Crawford (UNC-Greensboro) was 4-6 for the day, with two walks, one stolen base and a solo home run in game two, hitting out of the nine spot in the line-up.
Regardless of the score, the Rails provide the Roanoke Valley college baseball during the summer months. Admission is free and freshly made hot dogs and hamburgers are only a buck. The ball club generously presented their players fathers with a free Rails tee sheet for Father’s Day, an item which is on sale (as well as game hats) at every home game. If you are a baseball fan, the Rails offer a very, very inexpensive option to see college baseball during the summer season.