Botetourt’s Caleb Franklin (7) has Byrd’s Jay Trail in a rundown.
Photo by Jim & Regina Devinney

Lord Botetourt High School will be the site for the Conference 31 baseball tournament this week. The host Cavaliers were scheduled to open play Wednesday against Staunton River.

LB is the top seed in the tournament after finishing the regular season with a 12-6 record. The Cavaliers and second seeded Northside had Monday byes for the opening round, as Staunton River beat Alleghany, 12-2, and Rockbridge beat Magna Vista, 7-1. Botetourt was scheduled to play Staunton River on Wednesday if the weather permitted, with the championship scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m.

The two semifinalists earn a spot in the Region 3A West tournament next week. First round games are at home sites before the tournament moves to Christiansburg.

Botetourt also earned a trophy as the Blue Ridge District champion. LB and Northside both finished with 9-3 BRD records but LB gets the trophy by virtue of sweeping the Vikings in head-to-head games.

The Cavaliers finished the regular season on a roll, winning three district games last week. LB opened with a 9-3 win over William Byrd in Vinton as Dakota Duke struck out five. Christian Orange, Jordan Brake and Ty Maust had two hits each.

On Wednesday at home the Cavs beat William Fleming, 13-0, behind a two-hitter by Alex Dunn. Maust, Orange and Ethan Humbert had two hits each.

LB wrapped up the regular season Thursday with a 3-1 win a Staunton River in 11 innings. Brake opened the top of the 11th with a single and moved to second on Patrick Kepler’s sacrifice bunt. Drew Bond then singled in Rock Thomas, who was running for Brake, and Orange knocked in Bond with an insurance run. Brake got the in on the mound in relief of Kepler, who pitched the first eight innings.

Kepler was scheduled to start the conference game against Staunton River this week, hoping for a similar result.