SALEM — The Turner Ashby baseball program has its seventh state championship.
The Knights' offense exploded for the most runs it scored all postseason, Waring Garber cruised after allowing a two-run first inning and TA pounded Riverside 14-3 in the 3A state championship Saturday at Salem Stadium.
Ten years and a day after their last state championship — which came thanks to a heroic performance by Andrew Armstrong, who is currently TA's coach — the Knights added another one to their storied legacy.
After Garber allowed two runs in the top of the first, Kyle Eagle knotted the game at 2 in the bottom half with a double down the right-field line.
The Knights pulled ahead 5-2 in the third with a Cody Warner RBI double followed by a Ross Detamore two-run single, and they rolled the rest of the way. A six-run fifth inning padded the lead even more for Garber, who only allowed his third run in the sixth with Turner Ashby ahead 11-2.
The Knights ended the game with a bases-loaded 4-6-3 double play, and then proceeded to dogpile in front of the pitcher's mound, ending a 10-year drought.