Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 26, 2014

One 'View' will go to the finals

BLUEFIELD — One thing is sure — the survivor of today’s Class AA, Region 3 baseball semifinal will have “View” in its name.

PikeView’s Panthers (24-7) will host the River View Raiders (16-5) at Ritchie Field on the PikeView campus, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Tonight’s victor will move on to the Region 3 final on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., hosting either Independence or Wyoming East. The winner of Wednesday’s game advances to next week’s state baseball tournament.

The Panthers turned back James Monroe 9-1 and Bluefield 3-2 on their home diamond to win the sectional on May 16.

Since then, PikeView took on Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West on consecutive days last week, picking up two more wins by 11-6 and 3-2 scores.

The boys from Gardner are on a six-game winning streak. In fact, their only loss since mid-April was a 5-4 decision at Wyoming East on May 6. The next day, they outlasted Independence 13-10 at Gardner.

PikeView has scored 11 or more runs in 14 of their 24 wins, and for the season the Panthers are averaging 8.9 runs per game. Twice this year they have scored 23 runs in a game.

The Panthers claimed two wins from River View in the regular season, sweeping a doubleheader on May 1 by scores of 11-1 and 6-0 at Ritchie Field.

The Raiders, under new coach Chris Wolford, have won seven of their last eight games — a win streak that started immediately after their doubleheader with PikeView.

The team from Bradshaw started its season with a 14-7 home loss to Wyoming East, but beat the Warriors 2-0 on May 2. River View did not play Independence this season.

River View had no trouble winning its sectional on May 14, beating Mount View 13-1 and 13-0, and have been idle for the past 11 days.

The Raiders have had their offense in gear most of the season. In 11 of their 16 wins, the Raiders have reached double-digit scoring. They have been shut out just once, and have averaged 4.2 runs in their five losses.

The Class AA portion of the state baseball tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 6-7.

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