Charlottesville baseball has already proven it won’t be an easy out this year, but a 4-2 win over Western Albemarle Thursday night was a huge step forward for the Black Knights.
Tyler Williams threw a solid, efficient game on the mound while leaning on his defense as he struck out just one and scattered five hits while giving up no earned runs.
The Black Knights made their four team hits count, with Camden Elmore leading the way as he went 2-for-2 with a double at the plate and brought in three runs. Marcus Targonski went 1-for-3 and scored a run while Jack Rabinowitz scored twice despite going 0-for-4 at the plate and managed a steal.
Dalton Richardson had a big night with a hand in two double plays and a key RBI in the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Elmore drew a bases loaded walk to score Kason Thomas and then Richardson followed up with an RBI single to right field to score Rabinowitz who’d reached on an error and push the advantage to 4-2. From there, the Black Knights held on, escaping a jam in the sixth with Richardson triggering a double play at short before a ground out, pop out, fly out combination from Williams leaning on his defense got them out of the seventh cleanly.
Western’s pitching largely held the Black Knights with just two earned runs between Jackson Campbell, Zachary Simpson and Zakk Hodge, but a couple of errors and four walks proved costly.
Jacob Lively went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
Charlottesville will look to build off the key win on the road against a Louisa County Tuesday team they upended earlier this year at home while Western Albemarle will try and bounce back at home against district-leading Fluvanna County the same night.