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Bearcats win 9 inning thriller in Region 2D Semifinals

Jean Mulumba crushed a ball over the centerfielder's head to win an 8-7 nine inning thriller over Wise Central/

The Bearcats exploded for six runs in the bottom of the first inning but struggled to get the win. Central kept chipping away at the Bearcats and knotted the score at 7-7 in the top of the sixth. Mulumba finished the night three for four with a pair of doubles and the game winning RBI. Tyler Anderson had a three run homerun in the first inning and Justin Lewis and Jamison Lathrop both provided two RBI's.

Jordan Dixon worked five innings as the starting pitcher and gave up eight hits with five strikeouts. Reliever Michael Bradley also had five strikeouts and gave up four hits. Bradley earned the win.

Virginia High will face Tazewell in the Championship game if the Region 2D Tournament and also qualified to advance to the VHSL State Quarterfinals.