By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Under welcome, warm, sunny skies, the River View Raiders took a 5-2 victory over Westside Saturday afternoon in the first game of a three-team doubleheader.
In the nightcap, Coach Jimmy Redmond’s Montcalm Generals collected nine hits and 14 runs, while Aaron Presley scattered only five hits over the seven inning contest, to take a 14-7 verdict.
In the inaugural game, Westside took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but that was quickly erased by a pair of Raider runs in the bottom of the frame and two more in the second, as River View took the 4-1 lead and never trailed in the victory.
Sophomore Cameron Roberts collected two hits in three trips to the dish and plated one run for the View in the first game, while freshman Todd Coeburn added one safety and drove home a pair. Seniors Jeffrey Kidwell and Zach Shelton also had a single each, as Shelton collected one RBI.
Tyler Copley had two hits in four plate appearances for the now 1-6 Renegades, with Nick Elswick and Dakota Paynter collecting the other two Westside base hits.
Junior T. J. Stacy, who relieved starter Dee Duff in the top of the third, picked up the win, facing only 15 batters and retiring 14 of them. He allowed only one hit and no runs in 4 2/3 innings of work. Of 53 pitches, 37 found the strike zone. He recorded six of those outs via strike outs.
Paynter took the setback for the Renegades, who will visit Wyoming East Monday.
In the second game, Montcalm scored in every inning except the fifth in evening its season record to 2-2.
The Generals led the entire way until the Raiders erupted for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to knot the score at seven. However, Montcalm hung tough, picking up three runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to leave Bradshaw with the win.
Center fielder Josh Clower had three hits in five at bats and drove home three runs to lead the General offense. Catcher Tyler Poe went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in.
Steve Whiteker recorded a double, as leadoff batter John Casto did his job by getting on base five times and scoring five runs, while winning pitcher Presley had one single, drove home a run and scored three times himself.
Stacy paced the Raider offense with a double, scoring two runs. Roberts, Ryan Blankenship, Kidwell and Hunter Mahone recorded the other four View safeties, with Roberts and Mahone driving in one apiece.
Blankenship led off the bottom of the fourth with a single for the Raiders, now 2-4, and scored the first of those four runs to tie the count. Mahone also had a single and scored, while Jamie Mills and Stacy both crossed the plate after getting on base with walks.
A pair of River View errors, coupled with two base knocks, one by Clower and the other by Poe, helped in the three run sixth for the Generals, while a Lanier double was the big hit in the four run seventh.
Presley fanned 14 in his five-hit complete game performance for Montcalm.
“There were three or four guys who got hits tonight when we needed them,” related Coach Redmond of his Generals. “We made some mistakes and they came back and tied it up. We hung in there and didn’t hang our heads when they tied it up.”
Montcalm will visit Midland Trail Monday, while the Raiders also hit the road, traveling to Twin Valley Monday afternoon.
Westside.........................101 000 0 — 2 4 4
River View.......................220 100 x — 5 5 1
Dakota Paynter, Tyler Copley (5) and Matt Evans, Paynter (5). Dee Duff, T. J. Stacy (3) and Zach Shelton. WP: Stacy; LP: Paynter.
Montcalm.......................311 203 4 — 14 9 3
River View......................210 400 0 — 7 5 6
Aaron Presley and Tyler Poe. Austin Walker, Cameron Roberts (3), Tyree Baker (6), Jeffrey Kidwell (6) and Tyler Brewer, Zach Shelton (2). WP: Presley; LP: Roberts.