By GARY DOVE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Bluefield Beavers picked up their second win of the young baseball season Saturday afternoon, as well as their second against McDowell County competition, with an 8-3 verdict over the River View Raiders under partly sunny, but chilly, skies.
Justin Lightfoot and Cody Goins recorded two hits each, as the Beavers moved to 2-0 on the campaign. Christian Oster, Logan Lineberry and Justin Mariotti had one safety apiece for Bluefield.
Trevor Mullins allowed only one River View run in three innings before giving way to Andrew Siegel for the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.
Siegel, who picked up the win, allowed only one run and one hit over those three innings. Mariotti did the closing, hurling the seventh.
Although pleased with the victory, Beaver head coach Justin Gilbert spoke of the lack of outdoor practices and games to date for his club.
“I think it was pretty evident that we hadn’t been outside much,” Gilbert said. “I thought we did a few good things. I thought pitching-wise and defensively we did pretty well. … A win’s a win and we’re happy to be outside.”
Gilbert lamented the fact the Beavers left a dozen base runners stranded, including leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth innings.
The Raiders, now 1-1 after a win Friday over Grundy, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first after leftfielder Jeffrey Kidwell walked, took second on a passed ball and moved to third on a wild pitch. He was plated when catcher Zach Shelton grounded out to first.
The Beavers answered with two in the top of the second. Lightfoot started things off with a single in the hole at short, but was forced at second on a Mariotti fielder’s choice.
After stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch, Mariotti scored the tying run when catcher Goins doubled down the left field line.
Justin Carter, who had walked following Mariotti’s fielder’s choice, gave the Beavers a 2-1 advantage, scoring on Siegel’s sacrifice fly to deep second.
Lineberry and Lightfoot drew back-to-back walks with one out in the third and both scored on Mariotti’s double to left.
The Mercer Countians tacked on an unearned run in the fourth and fifth to lead 6-2 after Shelton broke up the Beaver no-hitter with a single up the middle to leadoff the fourth.
Courtesy runner Matthew Thornsbury took second on a wild pitch and swiped third before scoring on a Bluefield error.
Lineberry, Lightfoot and Goins all had singles in the sixth, as Bluefield pushed across a pair of insurance runs.
Friday’s winning pitcher against Grundy, Austin Walker, doubled Kidwell home in the bottom of the seventh, but that lone run proved to be too little, too late.
Remarked River View first year head coach Jerad Metcalf, “Bluefield played a good game. Their pitchers did a good job … . Our hitters had a hard time hitting off them.”
Kidwell had a single in the seventh to record the other Raider safety besides Walker’s double and Shelton’s single.
The Raiders are scheduled to host Mount View Monday, while Bluefield has PikeView Tuesday at PikeView.
Bluefield...........022 112 0 — 8 7 1
River View.......100 100 1 — 3 3 4
Trevor Mullins, Andrew Siegel (4), Justin Mariotti (7) and Cody Goins. Terry Foster, T. J. Stacy (3), Demetrius Duff (5), Jeffrey Kidwell (5) and Zach Shelton. WP - Siegel. LP - Foster.