Going into the bottom of the third inning, William Monroe was facing a 4-run deficit on the road. Thanks to a pair of runs between the third and sixth inning and a strong relief showing from Jack Morris, the Dragons were able to come from behind to top Louisa County, 10-6.
“It’s the first game and you never know what to expect but Louisa, to me looked a lot better than they were last year,” said Monroe coach Mike Maynard. “(Their starting pitcher) Josh Seay kept us off balance to start the game, he kept his change up down and was spotting his fastball. It took us a while to get going, but in the third Keegan Woolford gave us a shot that got us going and we went from there. It was great to have the senior leadership from Logan Forloines, Ryan Morris and Jordan Gentry. I was really proud though of Jack Morris, the way he came in relief.”
With the game tied in the fifth inning, Ryan Leake came through with a 2-run triple. Forloines also provided a 2-run double to allow the Dragons to break the game open. Trey Kirby came in relief for Morris in the seventh inning to pick up the save.
Jack Morris, in addition to picking up the win on three innings pitched with six strikeouts, was 2 for 4 with an RBIs. Gentry was 1 for 3 with two runs and a two stolen bases. Woolford, just a freshman, was 1 for 3 with a triple and two runs.
For Louisa, Jacob Conley was 1 for 3 with a triple and two runs. Christian Buckler went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
The Lions scored their six runs on six hits and committed four errors. The Dragons piled up its 10 runs 11 hits and had three errors.
Monroe (1-0) will play at home for the first time since 2010 in its new facility against Spotswood on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Louisa (0-1) hosts Culpeper today at 6:30 p.m.