Orange got another stellar pitching performance from senior Bradley Hanner but couldn’t muster much offense in a 2-0 loss Monday night at Western Albemarle.
The Warriors’ Derek Domecq was just a little bit better than the Hornet hurler, throwing seven shutout innings and striking out 12 to send Orange to a second straight defeat. Hanner yielded only two hits, but was undone by a pair of walks and a couple of Orange errors. He struck out 10.
Western turned those errors, walks and a single into two second-inning runs and a win.
Meanwhile, Domecq shut down the Orange offense, allowing only one Hornet to reach second base—a sixth-inning double by Joel Wright.
Trailing 7-4 at the top of the seventh inning last Thursday, the Hornets rallied to tie Fluvanna 7-7 with hopes of preserving their undefeated season. Alas, the Flucos parlayed two walks and two singles in the home half of the frame to win 8-7 and send Orange home with their first loss of the spring season.
The Hornets took a 3-0 lead in the second with back-to-back singles by Will Dawson and Christian Amos. A balk moved up the runners before Dawson scored on a passed ball. Amos was out trying to score on Kaleb Marshall’s grounder, but a double from Allen Sealy plated Marshall to make it 2-0. After a walk to Cannon Davies, Seeley stole third on a pick-off attempt of courtesy runner Zach Cubbage and later scored on a wild pitch to give Orange a 3-0 lead.
Fluvanna struck back in the bottom of the second with a run and took the lead in the bottom of the third with a three-run inning.
The Hornets tied the game in the top of the fourth. Seeley was hit by a pitch and scored on Davies’ single to knot the score at 4-4.
Fluvanna took a three-run lead by the end of the fifth and the Hornets’ perfect season looked lost after a three-up, three-down top of the sixth.
In the seventh, Tre Smith singled to right and took second on Keenan Williams’s single. Bradley Hanner hit a grounder to short that was mishandled, and Smith raced in to score to make it 7-5. With two outs, Dawson doubled in Williams and Hanner to tie the game at 7-7 before the Flucos rallied in their final at bat to snatch the win.
For the game, Dawson had two hits and drove in two, while Seeley scored twice.
Two nights earlier, Joel Wright’s grounder plated Marshall in a 5-4 walk-off win over visiting Monticello.
The Hornets and Mustangs traded leads in a back-and-forth Jefferson District affair at Porterfield Park Tuesday.
Orange built a 3-0 lead before Monticello plated three in the third to tie the game before surging ahead 4-3 in their next at bat. Still, the Hornets tied the game in the bottom of the sixth setting up the thrilling finish.
Wright drove in three to lead the Orange offense. Smith had three hits and scored twice. Williams had two hits. Hanner pitched six innings and struck out 12. Three of the four runs he yielded were unearned.
The Hornets (10-2) hosted Charlottesville Tuesday (after press time) and visit Powhatan next Tuesday.