The West Point baseball team battled King William for three tough innings on May 4, until the Cavaliers bats came alive in the top of fourth inning, turning a 1-1 game into a 14-1 blowout.
"We hit the ball well today, but to their credit they made some great defensive plays," King William coach Jay Blanton said. "I knew if we would continue to put our bats on the ball, the hits would come."
"We have played a lot of ball games the past two weeks because of the weather," West Point coach Doug Cash said. "What you saw after the third inning was us just running out of pitching. I am so proud of the way this team has worked this year, especially on defense."
The Cavaliers scored in the top of the first from a Dylan Leach sacrifice fly to right field.
The Pointers scored their only run of the game when Noah Lawson led off the first inning by being hit by a pitch, and he scored when Zac Gonzalez beat out an infield single.
"I don't think Ryan (Huffman) had his best stuff today, but he battled and gave us four quality innings," Blanton said. "He only gave up that one unearned run, which really shows what a competitor he is on the mound."
King William scored five runs in the top of the fourth with singles by Jacob Shepherd, Owen Longest and Shawn Parker. But the big blow was a double off the left field wall by Huffman.
"I told the team how proud of the way we battled today," Cash said. "We are young and improving every day."
The top of the order came through again for the Cavaliers in the fifth inning, as they scored eight runs.
"We only have two losses so far this season, and we are battling for the number one seed in the tournament," Blanton said. "We still have a lot of baseball left to play, but if our bats continue the way they have been the past few games, I like our chances."