Abingdon closes out 12-under Dicus tourney with win
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Abingdon (Va.) closed out the 12-under division of the Will Dicus Memorial Baseball Tournament with a 12-6 victory over Watauga Equip Sunday night at the small Optimist Park field.
Abingdon was supposed to play the Diamond Boys from Wilkes County in the finals of the tournament, but the Diamonds Boys chose not to play in the game, which would have been its third of the day. Watauga Equip agreed to play the game in the Diamond Boys' place.
Abingdon got off to a 4-0 first-inning lead and never looked back on Watauga Equip. Abingdon took a 10-1 lead before Watauga Equip found its offense and scored five runs on five straight hits.
Jaidon Bond, who was Watauga's leadoff batter, finished with two hits and a walk. He also scored two runs, including the first Watauga run when he scored on an Abingdon error.
He also scored on a two-run single by Andrew Freeman in Watauga's fifth inning. Freeman also drove in Heyland Grit, who singled with two outs to start the rally.
Anderson Castle had the biggest hit of the inning when he cracked a two-run home run, which drove in Jake Watson. It was Watson who drove in Freeman with a single.
Watauga finished with 11 hits, but seven of them came in the fifth and sixth innings.
Abingdon answered Watauga's rally by scoring two runs in the sixth inning. Will Austin had an RBI single in the fifth inning, and another in the sixth.
Bond helped end Abington's rally by catching Jake Thacker's fly ball in centerfield, and then throwing out Jake Oquinn trying to score from third base.
Abingdon's defense also made a big play in the third inning when Bond was thrown out at home by Abingdon's centerfielder Brant Boggs.