Patrick Kepler pitched six shutout innings of baseball to lead Lord Botetourt to a 3-0 win over Northside in Daleville Friday.
Kepler struck out seven and allowed the Vikings just two hits over six innings. Jordan Brake came on to pitch the seventh and picked up the save.
Offensively, Caleb Franklin had two hits, including what proved to be the game-winning RBI. The game was scoreless after five and a half innings when Hunter Duke singled and stole second in the bottom of the sixth for LB. Franklin then singled him in to break the scoreless tie, and Ty Maust, Brake and Bryan Kelley all followed with singles to give the Cavs some breathing room.
With the win LB improved to 7-4 on the season. The Cavs had lost to Staunton River, 7-6, last Wednesday in a game that was moved from Moneta to Daleville due to better field conditions at LB. The Eagles scored six times in the fifth inning to take the lead after LB held a 2-0 lead after four.
Botetourt rallied to tie the game in the sixth inning, but Staunton River scored a single run in the seventh for the win. Dakota Duke pitched into the fifth and allowed six runs, but only two were earned. Hunter Duke pitched an inning and two thirds and took the loss and Alex Dunn got the last two outs.
LB was scheduled to play at Rockbridge on Tuesday. On Thursday William Byrd is here for a Blue Ridge District game and Friday the Cavs are at Alleghany.