By LLOYD COMBS
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
HAYSI, Va. —
It was a classic pitchers' duel and a single wild pitch proved to be the difference.
Haysi rallied with two runs in the sixth to take a 3-2 win over Grundy in Black Diamond District play Monday at John Flannagan Dam.
In a well-played game that was close from start to finish the Tigers broke up Charles McCoy’s perfect game bid and tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth inning. Tristan Yates singled, moved to second on a slow grounder to short and scored on a single to left by Gentry Shreve.
Haysi (4-4, 3-0) took their first lead in the sixth when Zack Owens scored on a wild pitch. Nick Mullins added a key insurance run when he drove in Hunter Sutherland with a single moments later.
Grundy scored early and late. Jordan McCoy scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Daniel Tiller in the first inning and McCoy’s one-out single in the seventh brought home Charles McCoy, who led off the inning with a double. Drake Howell worked out of that jam and another in the sixth to preserve the win in his first mound appearance in nearly two weeks.
“The last couple of innings we speeded our bats up a little bit, and McCoy might have slowed down just a little bit,” Haysi coach Dewayne Stanley said. “He might have been tired.
“But (McCoy) threw the ball well and so did Drake. (Drake) has had arm troubles. He hadn’t thrown in a while, but when he needed to he was able to throw a fastball by them or drop in a curveball.”
Howell finished with a four-hitter, striking out eight and walking four. McCoy, who retired the first 12 hitters he faced, fanned seven and didn’t walk a single batter.
The sophomore right-hander allowed four hits, two each in the final two innings.
“Both pitchers threw the ball really well, both defenses played well,” Grundy coach Scotty Bostic said. “It was one of those games where the pressure’s on everybody on every pitch.
“We had a few chances to add to that 1-0 lead, but we couldn’t take advantage of them. We got ’em on, we just couldn’t get ’em in.”
The Golden Wave (3-5, 3-1) stranded seven base runners, the Tigers just two. Grundy hosts Hurley on Thursday.
At John Flannagan Dam
Grundy..............100 000 1 – 2 4 0
Haysi.................000 012 x – 3 4 2
C. McCoy and Cole. Howell and Sykes. W-Howell. L-C. McCoy. HR-none.