Cassidy’s dramatic catch highlights Blue Devils win over Wolfpack | Sports

GATE CITY — Ridgeview was poised for a dramatic win from behind on Thursday.

That was before Gate City’s Brendan Cassidy made a circus catch in left field and Eli McMurray seated Ridgeview’s batters in order in the seventh inning to preserve a 5-4 Mountain 7 baseball win. District at Scott County Sports Complex.

HIGH DRAMA

Trailing by one run in the top of the sixth inning with two outs and runners in first and third, Ridgeview hitter Brandon Beavers hit a screaming shot into left center field.

The ball had just enough air underneath to give Cassidy room to make a dive attempt, and the junior made a catch worthy of ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter Top Ten’ to prevent the Wolfpack from scoring at least two points. .

“I didn’t really expect that. I just jumped up and grabbed it,” said Cassidy, who moved from the infield to the outfield at the start of this season.

On a dive that stretched him parallel to the ground, Cassidy caught, touched the ground, and recovered the ball for the third out of the inning.

“I wasn’t going to dive in and let him hit the fence,” Cassidy said. “I was going to get it if I couldn’t get it, but I knew I could get it.”

The capture was literally a game-changer.

“That’s pretty much the best take I’ve ever seen in a high school game,” Gate City manager Jonathon Salyer said. “It saved the game. The equalizer was the third, the go-ahead was the first. They score if he misses that.

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Ridgeview coach Dewayne Stanley couldn’t help but be impressed.

“We had a chance and this kid spreads and makes this play,” Stanley said. “We were going to score two and take the lead. It was just an awesome game.

CLOSE THE DOOR

After Cassidy’s spectacular catch, McMurray took the mound in the seventh for Gate City (4-8, 3-5) and picked up his first save of the season. He retired all three batters in order, two by strikeout.

McMurray was also solid with his bat, finishing 3 for 4.

“We arrived and played as a team tonight. We hit the balls at home plate and made a few plays in the field,” he said.

The victory was only the Blue Devils’ second in their last seven games. But it’s something to build on, McMurray said.

“It’s good to get that feeling of victory back and maybe get started,” he said.

John Little took the pitching victory and went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Gate City.

Brady Fleming, Cannon Hill and Hunter Goodman each had two hits for Ridgeview (4-8, 1-6).

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