By Brian Hoffman
The Glenvar baseball team will be looking for a much-needed win Friday when they take on Carroll County in a Three Rivers District game.
The Highlanders have had a tough April, losing all eight games this month to fall to 2-11 overall. They lost four times in the span of seven days in the past week, beginning with a 12-2 loss at Cave Spring last week. Glenvar had just three hits and four different pitchers had no success.
On Friday Glenvar lost a heartbreaker at Floyd, 7-6 in nine innings. The Buffaloes scored on a walk off base on balls with the sacks full in the bottom of the ninth.
“That one was hard to swallow,” said coach Jeremy Cromer. “We had our chances to win in the sixth and ninth innings. We outhit them and we outplayed them but we found a way to lose.”
Clay Caldwell pitched the first five innings for Glenvar and Dawson Anderson held down the fort until the ninth, taking the loss. Anderson and James Tozier had three hits each for the Highlanders.
On Monday Glenvar played at Northside, a Class 3 team with a 10-2 record. The Highlanders played one of their best games of the year but still couldn’t win, falling 6-3.
Sophomore Atlee Alexander was called up from the jayvee team to pitch and he did an admirable job, going five innings before Austin Meadows pitched the sixth. Jimmy Blount had two hits and two runs batted in and Brendan Magruder also had two hits.
“It was our most complete game,” said Cromer. “We played well, unfortunately it was against a very good team.”
On Tuesday the wheels fell off that wagon as Glenvar lost 10-1 at Radford. Anderson and Campbell split time on the mound but the Highlanders couldn’t put together a rally on offense.
The next two games are at home. After Carroll visits on Friday the Highlanders will try to even the score with James River on Monday.