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Holston baseball team loses heartbreaker to J.I. Burton in State Quarterfinals

It was a very tough way to end the greatest season in Holston High School Baseball history.
A controversial home run to finish the game gave J.I. Burton an 8-6 win over the Cavaliers in the opening round of the VHSL Group A Division I state tournament at Lawson-Fitchko Stadium last Tuesday night in Norton.
Holston ends its season with 14 wins after reaching the state tournament for the first time in school history.
The Cavaliers saw things end on a heartbreaking note as J.I. Burton's Joe Hunnicutt hit a walk-off home run that Holston head coach Adam Moore thought was foul.
Moore pleaded his case, but to no avail.
Holston led most of the game and Moore was pleased.
“To come out and jump on the best team on this side of the state in our division says a lot,” Moore said. “Our players prepared themselves in practice, and understood the game plan from the get go. They executed and had success, unfortunately they were the home team this night. I for one am proud to say that I'm lucky to be their head coach.”
The fact Holston led 6-5 going into the last at bat says a lot about this team and the fact they believed in themselves when they were underdogs.
“They believed in what we had told them, as far as preparing for Burton,” Moore said. No coach in America would be displeased. If they were, they would need their head examined.”
Kenny Owens pitched another masterful game for the Cavaliers and they did have a chance to win, making it an experience this team can be proud of.
“The boys gained confidence with each inning,” Moore said. “I liked our chances when we took the lead back in the fifth. With our ace on the mound who gets stronger as the game progresses, I felt very confident.
Despite the great effort, the loss was one that did sting, especially for the seniors.
“It hurts anytime you see young men that have been a part of your program for four years have to leave and it's very emotional. I just want them to know how proud I am as a coach to see them have success, and grow up as fine young men.”
The Holston Baseball team made Damascus very proud.
“They gave it their all for the town of Damascus and loved representing the community they grew up in,” Moore said.