James River’s Jonathan Perry takes the throw at second in last week’s game with Floyd.
Photo by Brian Hoffman

The James River baseball season came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Floyd County last Thursday night at Kiwanis Field in Salem. The loss, in the Conference 38 semifinal, ended River’s season one win shy of a trip to the Region 2A West tournament.

Landen Horton pitched a strong game in defeat, going all seven innings. He scattered seven hits while striking out five.

Horton was also instrumental in River’s only run. He led off the second with a double to the right centerfield alley. Michael Taylor ran for Horton and advanced to third on Dalton Harper’s bunt. Kavin Vest then knocked in Taylor for a 1-0 lead that would not hold up. Brady Underwood pitched a solid game for Floyd, holding River to three hits.

The Knights finished the season at 6-12. It was their first year competing in a tough Three Rivers District.

“It was the second year in a row we lost in the conference semifinal by one run,” said coach Harry Falls. “We were a young team playing a difficult schedule, with six of the teams we played in regions, but we were in most games fighting to the end.”