Alleghany, VA- As I sit here at 1:13 AM on Friday night/Saturday morning, yawning continuously, something that continues to jump off the screen is that the Alleghany Mountaineers JV baseball team is most likely making Mountaineer fans feel pretty good about the future of their program.
The JV Mounties (4-0) have pummeled all four of their opponents so far this year and are averaging an incredible 16.8 runs per game.
They have beaten Covington (22-0), Greenbrier East (13-0), Riverheads (15-1) and Rockbridge County (17-7) handily and it is not just the bats that have been scorching, as they are also only allowing two runs per game with great pitching and defense.
Carson Brown leads the team with seven hits through the first four contests, including a 4-5 game with four RBI’s against Rockbridge County. Brady May and Graham Brewster have six hits apiece and Tucker Phillips, Jalen Raether and Zeke Saville have five each.
The Alleghany defense has committed six errors on the season.
On the mound, the Mountaineers may be the deepest JV team in the region. They have three different players in May, Raether and Phillips who have had shining moments so far, and Keaton Fisher is another depth piece for Alleghany to use at their disposal.
May threw a 5-inning no hitter against Riverheads and struck out 12. Against the archrival Cougars, Raether pitched three innings of 1-hit baseball and fanned seven batters. Finally, Phillips threw well against the Spartans from Greenbrier East and logged five innings and had six strikeouts.
Alleghany is off until Tuesday, March 28 when they host Riverheads. They will then travel to the Spartan Field in Fairlea for a rematch with the Spartans on April 4, weather permitting for both, obviously.
It will be interesting to see if Alleghany can stay red hot on the field and can continue to put up gawdy numbers.