Only one baseball team was left standing on championship Friday in Virginia and that was the Lebanon Pioneers who faced Chatham in the Class 2 state title game and it was a packed house at the home of the Pulaski Yankees.
Chatham strikes first in the top of the 1st when Ray Atkins lines a double to right center one would score to make it 1-0 Chatham. Lebanon strikes back in the bottom half when Hunter Hertig grounds to first, the pitcher can’t handle it and Anthony Houchins will score to tie it at one.
It was all Chatham from there now, 4-1 in the top of the second and bases loaded when Hunter Atkins will double to right two more runs will score to make it 6-1. Bottom four and the Pioneers now down 14-2 when Houchins singles to right one run will score to cut the lead to 14-3.
Pioneers season ends at the hands of Chatham 23-5.
“They came in here and knocked the pee out of that baseball today, you know, they were just a better ball team than us today let’s take our hats off to them they were better than we were today but you know I’m still proud of my kids we picked a bad day to take the day off.”