#3 James River at #5 Cosby - One to remember . . .

March 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

. . . or maybe not for Cosby. James River's J. Winder, my co-MVP with R. Irby, took to the mound and never let up, pitching a complete (shortened) game and getting the win - an impressive 13-3 win over across town rival Cosby. These teams have routinely battled to the end of the season, working to earn the chance to move on to regionals and beyond. Speaking of one to remember, who can remember when, or if, Cosby has ever been on this end of a shortened game, one ended due to the 10 run rule? While James River can relish the victory for as long as the bus ride home, the pause won't last long as the team heads back to work honing their skills in a very short time as next week they host Manchester.

James River's J. Winder pitches a complete game in the 13-3 victory over Cosby.

I mentioned co-MVPs. My co-pick, R. Irby added fuel to the fire in the top of the fourth, launching a bomb that landed on top of the yellow piping in left field, a hit that scored all three runners occupying the bases while the ball dropped back into play and Irby stood on second base.

This game was full of Rapid excitement as James River batted around in two of the five innings. The James River fury started in the first inning as Cosby struggled from the mound. The Rapids scored three in the top with their entire lineup getting a plate appearance; Cosby could not get on the board until the bottom of the third, closing the lead to 3-2. It looked like the game was about to get tense and exciting like so many before it, another nail biter in the making.

By the top of the fourth, the Rapids plate another run - and yes, the excitement was about to begin in an unimagined way. Cosby sent a new pitcher to the mound and the Rapids quickly went up 7-2; with two outs and a third Cosby ace on the mound, the scoreboard lit up two more, the Rapids now sitting on 9-2; the battering ended at 11-2 by the time Cosby finally got off the field.

C. Watson scores for James River.

Winder was not done - he and the team ended the fourth inning four Cosby batters later and headed in to grab their bats again. In the fifth, James River brought two more runs home. Cosby could not close down the 10 run lead and both teams got to leave the field early with a final score of 13-3.

With this one finally over, you can count on Cosby's memories being jarred late in April when they make that same bus trip the Rapids so enjoyed last night and travel to Cottrell field for the rematch. Remember to be there - mark your calendars now.


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