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Grand slam spells difference in Devils’ 8-5 loss

A grand slam homer in the top of the sixth inning spelled the difference as the visiting King William Cavaliers topped the Mathews varsity baseball team by an 8-5 margin last Thursday.

Blue Devil starter Tyler Moore got into some trouble early, but overcame it, getting out of a bases-loaded jam only allowing one run. Early on, the MHS boys were making good contact with the ball, just struggling to find the gaps, but plated one run as Brent Smith’s sacrifice fly scored Ethan Armistead to even up the score at 1-1.

As Moore went back out onto the hill in the top of the second he was very efficient, striking out the side in just 12 pitches. The Devils still had no answer at the plate. Going into the third, King William scratched two more runs across the board stringing a couple of hits together and drawing a pair of walks, to take a 3-1 lead.

Momentum shifted in the Devils’ direction in the bottom of the third, with a lead-off singles by Armistead and Jalen Matthews. They bo...

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