By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The PikeView Panthers advanced to the semifinals of the 40th annual Coppinger Invitational Baseball Tournament with a 10-1 win over the Tazewell Bulldogs, Monday night at Bowen Field.
Kevin Cottle scattered five hits and allowed only one run in picking up the pitching victory as the Panthers improved their season record to 14-6.
PikeView jumped on Tazewell starter Casey Lee early, sending eight batters to the plate in the top of the first. The Panthers managed to draw four walks and rap out two hits and scored two runs to take the early lead.
“Any time we can jump out and give Cottle a lead it’s great,” said PikeView head coach Josh Wyatt. “He’s on right now. He’s got all three pitches working and he understands the pitching side of it. He works counts to his favor and understands how good our defense is behind him.”
The Panthers struck for two runs again in the third and fourth frames. In the third Zach Meadows doubled and courtesy runner Hunter Hill scored on Jon Clark’s single. The other PV run scored on a Bulldogs’ error. In the fourth Meadows drove in two runs on his one-out single.
Tazewell got on the board in the fifth with a two-out rally. Colin Hancock singled and Steven Collier reached on an error. Hancock touched home on Chase Illig’s single to center, his second hit of the night. After Illig’s hit, Cottle retired the last seven batters of the game.
Cottle allowed one run on five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine Bulldogs to pick up the win.
Meadows and Clark each had three hits for PikeView, while Hunter Moses, Jordan Hardin and Austin Cordell each had a pair of hits.
Lee suffered the loss for Tazewell, working two-and-two-third innings. He allowed four runs on four hits, walked six and struck out one. Todd Mulkey came on and gave up six runs on eight hits, walked five and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings of action.
“We’ve got a lot of growing up to do, a sophomore and a freshman (pitchers) and they’ve got to learn.” said Tazewell head coach Lou Peery. “Monday is a tough day to play for anybody, it wasn’t for PikeView, but our minds weren’t where they should have been today.”
Tazewell (2-7) plays its first Southwest District game today at Marion, while PikeView visits Mount View.
At Bowen Field
PikeView........202 201 3 — 10 12 3
Tazewell........000 010 0 — 1 5 1
Cottle and Moses. Lee, Mulkey (3) and Illig. W-Cottle. L-Lee.