~ PVN staff report
SHENANDOAH, March 13 — Sophomore Tyler Shifflett’s only hit of the day could not have come at a better time, as the third baseman’s single drove in the winning run for Page County in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim a 3-2 victory over visiting Clarke on Monday in the season opener.
The Panthers were lead at the plate by senior Adam Short, who went 2-for-4 including a triple, while scoring all three of Page County’s runs in the game. While Shifflett picked up the only RBIs of the day, seniors Jacob Williams and Hayden Plum each recorded a hit, including a double from Plum.
Clarke struck first in the top of the third and went up 1-0, before Page answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings to take a 2-1 lead into the seventh. The Eagles found a way to scratch out a run in their final at-bat, and after holding the home-standing Panthers scoreless, pushed the game to an extra inning.
Each team recorded five hits on the day, and Page County junior Colby Cave picked up the win on the mound after 6.1 innings of work on the hill that included eight strikeouts. The Panthers stranded five runners during the game, while the Eagles left nine on base.
The season-opening Bull Run District win puts the Panthers at 1-0 heading into Friday’s 6 p.m. non-district matchup with the Wildcats of Warren County at home.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.