By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
After the first two innings Tuesday afternoon at Nick Shaffron Field, the defending Class AA state champion Wyoming East Warriors and the winless Mount View Golden Knights were locked in a 2-1 baseball game, with the visitors holding the one run advantage.
And then it happened: The Warriors exploded for 11 runs in the top of the third, sending 16 batters to the plate in breaking the contest open and ultimately taking a 15-3 victory.
Although recording only three hits in the third, East drew six walks, had one batter hit by a pitch and was the recipient of three Golden Knight fielding miscues.
Analyzed Wyoming East veteran head coach Ron ‘Chief’ Mayhew, “We’re still making improvements, looking for consistency. If we want to go back to Charleston, we’re going to have to get better.”
Junior Austin Canada paced the Warrior offense with a pair of singles, both in the third frame, scoring three runs himself.
Winning pitcher Christian Hedinger, who went four innings, added a hit, while driving home four runs. Third baseman Derek Thornton knocked in a pair, while also recording a safety.
Catcher Zack Whitten finished one-for-one, with two walks and being hit once, scoring four times, while centerfielder Brian Lusk recorded the other East base knock.
Brian Villaneuva and Maurice Brown had a single apiece in the second when the Golden Knights scored once, while Jarrett Cochran and Tony Blackburn each singled in the third, when the View crossed the plate twice more.
Related Mount View interim head coach Troy Hawks Jr., who is filling in for suspended head coach Phillip Dunford, said, “I had a meeting with them (players) early this morning. They were very attentive. Everyone was there. I thought today the guys showed a good attitude. They didn’t quit. They were encouraged about playing today.”
He continued, “I hope the time I’m here (as interim head coach), they improve and have a good time and get back to winning a few baseball games.”
Brown singled to open the second and scored with two outs on a Villaneuva safety to left.
In the third, Cochran led off the frame, followed by Tashaan Vineyard being hit by a pitch. Blackburn’s single loaded the bases and Cochran scored on a Channing Vineyard grounder to third.
Brown plated Tashaan Vineyard with a sacrifice fly to left.
Now 6-3, the Warriors return home to host Mingo Central this evening, while the 0-6 Knights will travel to Westside this afternoon.
at Nick Shaffron Field
Wyoming East.................20(11) 02 — 15 6 3
Mount View......................012 00 — 3 4 3
Christian Hedinger, Jon Culicerto (5) and Zack Whitten. Maurice Brown, Chris Muncy (3), Channing Vineyard (3), Jarrett Cochran (3) and Bryan Villaneuva. WP — Hedinger; LP — Brown.