By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, April 12 — A fifth-inning rally grounded the Falcons on Tuesday, as Page County overcame an early deficit and captured a key Bull Run District win, 9-4, over visiting Central.
Senior second baseman Aidan Painter lead the Panthers at the plate, going a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Page County’s powerful offense was on display, totaling 12 hits on the day, including back-to-back solo home runs from junior Hayden Plum and senior Chase Parlett to lead-off the bottom of the fifth.
Central got hot first, picking up two round-trippers from senior Caleb Daughtery and scoring in three of the first four innings. Page picked up three runs in the third and trailed 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
The Panthers put together four hits, along with two walks, in the fifth to blow the game open. Following the pair of solo home runs, Painter belted a double that brought in two more runs. That was followed by a two-RBI single from senior Mitchell Gaskins to complete a six-run inning that secured a key victory for Page.
PCHS senior catcher Hagan Bradley went 3-for-4 on the day with one RBI, while Gaskins and senior Caleb Knighton both went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI between them. Sophomore Sean Cave picked up the win on the mound in relief, entering the game in the fifth and giving up only one hit and two walks (and no runs) in the final three innings.
Central was lead by Daugherty with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, including two home runs, two RBI and three total runs scored. With the loss, the Falcons have now dropped three of their last four and fall to 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the Bull Run District. Next up, they will host Strasburg on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
With the win, the Panthers break a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the Bull Run District. Next up, Page County will travel to Strasburg on Thursday for a 6 p.m. start.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.