Washington baseball closes beating Vikings

Washington dedicated its months-old press box at Bruce Davidson Field when Sen. Joe Manchin threw out a ceremonial first pitch, and then closed its baseball regular season with a 14-8 over visiting Petersburg on Friday. The Patriots completed the season with a 15-13 record.

The Patriots took a 4-1 lead after two innings. Ryan Pansch had an RBI double. Jared Silva had a sun-field extra base hit that wasn’t caught in centerfield. Kendell Smith hit a solo homer in the second. Also in the second, Silva drove in a run with a single.

Braydon Runion’s grand slam homer lifted the Vikings into a 7-4 lead in the third where the first six Petersburg batters reached base against Washington starter Hunter Weaver.

The Patriots did not take long to overcome the three-run deficit as they scored four times in their half of the third.

A single Petersburg run made it 8-8.

Washington tallied four runs in the fifth and then was able to add two more runs in the sixth to grab a 14-8 lead.

Pansch finished with four hits in five at-bats. As a pitcher, he blanked the Vikings in the last two innings. Silva went 3-for-4 and Smith went 2-for-3.

Washington opened play in the Class AAA, Region II, Section 1 tournament at home on Tuesday and will be playing again on Wednesday, May 9 in the double elimination tournament.

Washington neared the close of its regular season baseball schedule when it drilled Dominion High (Loudoun County), 14-2, in a game abbreviated to five innings by the mercy rule on Tuesday last.

Winning pitcher Jared Silva limited Dominion to just two hits while walking three and fanning three in the bob-tailed game.

Washington’s Ryan Pansch went 2-for-2 and had two RBIs. Outfielder Drew Hetzel was 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. Caleb Dan also had three RBIs and was 1-for-2.

The Patriots were 14-13 overall after winning their season straight game.

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