Virginia High wins state baseball title, Honaker falls in finals

Virginia High wins state baseball title, Honaker falls in finals

RADFORD, Va. - The Virginia High baseball team captured the Group 2A state championship Saturday, beating Strasburg 7-2.

Austin Kiser started the scoring for the Bearcats with a sacrifice fly that scored Daulton Horne.

Leading 2-1 in the seventh, Virginia High got a big hit from Chandler Davis, scoring Justin Brown.

Chandler Daniels recorded the final out with a strikeout to close out the state championship victory.

It is their sixth state title in program history and first since 1996.

"This group of guys has been together for five years," Virginia High head coach Mark Daniels told News 5 WCYB after the win.

"They've had their trials and troubles and there is nothing more rewarding than for them to come here and win. Our team saying at the beginning of the year was win the last one. And for them to do that it is tremendous."

The Honaker Tigers came up short in the Group 1A state championship game, losing to Northumberland 9-3.

Trailing 5-0 in the fifth inning, the Tigers mounted a mini-rally with a Derek Gilbert triple that scored Matthew Hutchinson.

But Honaker (25-1) couldn't extend the rally. The 9-3 loss is their first of the season.

"This is the worst game we played all year long," Honaker head coach Tom Harding told News 5 WCYB.

"We had five errors. We had base-runners on every inning but we couldn't move them. Give them a lot of credit for that."

Also Saturday, the Gate City girl's tennis team won the Group 2A state championship beating Wilson Memorial 5-2.

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