By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The PikeView Panthers used an eight run fourth inning and a four run seventh to help capture their eighth consecutive win of the season by a 13-5 score over a determined Mount View Golden Knight nine last evening at Nick Shaffron Field.
Leftfielder Keian Lee led the Panther offense, going two-for-three at the plate, while driving in a pair of runs.
DH Kevin Cottle, starting pitcher Zach Meadows and centerfielder Carter Shrewsbury added a double apiece to the hit totals, with Jordan Hardin, Austin Cordell and Ryan Roberts recording the other three safeties, all singles.
Hardin, Cottle and Meadows had two RBIs each to go with Lee’s run producing totals, as Roberts also plated one run.
Caleb Webb chalked up two of the five Mount View hits, as Bryan Villaneuva, Maurice Brown and Chris Muncy, the Golden Knight starting pitcher had the other three. All five were one base hits.
Lee walked in the top of the third, stole second, tagged up to take third on a Hunter Moses fly to left center and scooted home on a passed ball for an early 1-0 PikeView advantage.
Eight runs, thanks to four hits, a pair of Knight fielding miscues and four free passes in the fourth extended the lead to 9-0, threatening a 10 run rule shortened game.
Lee, Hardin, Roberts and Meadows all had a hit in the fourth.
Mount View battled back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs, on only one hit, thanks to two Panther errors and three free passes.
Webb recorded his second safety of the contest in that frame and ended up scoring one of the five runs, cutting the deficit to 9-5.
PikeView added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh for the win, the 15th of the season against only six losses.
Shrewsbury and Cottle smashed their doubles in that frame, as Cordell and Lee added a single apiece.
Related Panther head coach Josh Wyatt, “We put a lot of pressure on ourselves, letting them comeback the way we did. We wanted to let a couple of younger pitchers throw, but we didn’t play defense behind them.”
Golden Knight interim head coach Troy Hawks, Jr. spoke about the comeback attempt, “Nine to nothing. We could have packed it in, but we scored five runs that one inning.”
Meadows pitched the first four innings and held the 9-0 lead when he gave way to start the fifth.
He had struck out five, and although the Golden Knights had touched him for four hits, no base runner advanced past second.
Levi Nash relieved Meadows, but fell prey to a pair of fielding miscues behind him, as well as surrendering a pair of walks, hitting a batter and being touched for one hit.
Justin Hopper came on to put out the fire in the fifth and went untouched in the final two frames to pick up the win.
Both teams are off today, with PikeView hosting Shady Spring Thursday evening and Mount View, now 4-10, visiting River View.
At Nick Shaffron Field
PikeView...................001 800 4 — 13 8 2
Mount View..............000 500 0 — 5 5 5
Zach Meadows, Levi Nash (5), Justin Hopper (5) and Hunter Moses. Chris Muncy, Caleb Webb (4), Jarrett Cochran (4) and Bryan Villaneuva, Joe Bishop (4).