By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, April 22 — Luray picked up their first win of the season on the road Friday, 6-3, over district and county rival Page. LHS sophomore Jacob Shenk belted three of the Bulldogs’ eight hits on the day, while sophomore Cameron Weaver recorded two RBI.
“We’ve been getting better,” LHS head baseball coach Charlie Shepard said after the game. “This is now four games in-a-row where we played baseball.”
Heading into Friday’s rivalry matchup, Luray was coming off a narrow 3-2 loss on the road at Clarke two days earlier. Luray has lost four games this season by three runs or less, including a 7-5 loss at home to Page County on March 22.
“It feels good for these guys,” Coach Shepard said following Friday’s road win. “Everyone has worked their tales off.”
LHS senior Isaiah Mongold started a string of four consecutive hits, followed by a sacrifice fly in the first inning that produced three runs. If not for a great diving catch in the Page outfield, the Luray lead would have been more than 3-0 after the top of the first. Mongold also got the win on the mound, keeping the Panthers scoreless through four innings. He gave up one run before being pulled in the fifth.
The typically hot bats of Page County could only muster three hits on the day, with two of their three runs being walked in. Senior Mitchell Gaskins recorded two of those hits, including a double. The Panthers scored one run in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Luray added to its early lead in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
With the win, the Bulldogs are now 1-10 on the season and will next host Clarke on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
With the loss, the Panthers drop to 5-5 on the season (5-4 in the Bull Run) and will next travel to Rappahannock on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.