By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The good news Wednesday afternoon is that the Mount View Golden Knights were able to play their third and fourth games of the season following an exactly two week hiatus from the diamond.
The bad news was that rust, from having a two week layoff due to the weather, covered the Mount View armor, as the Golden Knights dropped a doubleheader 18-6 and 12-0 at Nick Shaffron Field to the Oak Hill Red Devils.
Under sunny, but windy and chilly skies, the visitors from Fayette County scored in every inning of the six run opener for the decision.
Chris Dennler, who picked up the win in relief on the mound, was 2-for-4 at the plate, while driving home a pair of runs in that inaugural contest of the day.
Shortstop Bubba Smith recorded one hit and plated two runs, while Adam Jones also chalked up two RBIs, going 1-for-1 at the dish.
Senior Maurice Brown and junior Channing Vineyard rapped two hits apiece and drove home a pair each for the View. Freshman Chris Muncy and senior Tashaan Vineyard accounted for the other Golden Knight safeties, knocking one apiece.
In the field, the View committed six errors, while four pitchers walked 14 Red Devil batters and hit another two.
In the nightcap, Oak Hill worked another six free passes, had two more batters beaned and lashed eight hits to even its record to 4-4.
Right fielder David Pritt finished the second contest with two singles and two runs batted in, while left fielder Austin Nolen also drove home two runs with a double.
Tashaan Vineyard was 2-for-2 in the second game, with Marlin Marrs and Jarrett Cochran accounting for the other two Golden Knight safeties.
Ironically, the top of the first in both games saw the eventual opening run by the Red Devils get on base on a passed ball, after striking out.
Oak Hill turned a triple play in the fourth inning of the second contest.
Mount View had the bases loaded when the batter swung and made contact enough to roll the baseball right in front of the plate.
Thinking it was foul, the batter didn’t run, nor did any of the base runners initially.
An alert Ricky Epperly, the Red Devil catcher, picked up the baseball and stepped on home plate for out number one and then fired to first to retire the batter for out number two. The third out came when the runner leaving first to go to second was tagged out, completing the fielding gem.
The now 0-4 Knights will entertain James Monroe today in a varsity-junior varsity doubleheader, while Oak Hill will square off against Liberty Raleigh tomorrow.
at Nick Shaffron Field
Oak Hill..............................413 217 — 18 8 0
Mount View........................010 140 — 6 6 6
Aaron Tincher, Chris Dennler (4), Wes Stowers (5) and Josh Lokant. Caleb Webb, Jarrett Cochran (3), Chris Muncy (5), Maurice Brown (6) and Joe Bishop. WP: Dennler; LP: Webb.
Oak Hill.................................164 10 — 12 8 1
Mount View............................000 00 — 0 4 3
Chris Hysell, Noah Miller (5) and Ricky Epperly. Brian Villaneuva, Maurice Brown (3) and Marlin Marrs. WP: Hysell; LP: Villaneuva.