Sectional play for hardball
After a long season of dodging raindrops and thunder clouds, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight and Paden City Wildcat baseball teams can see season’s end on the horizon. Both teams began Sectional play in their respective Regions and classes on Monday. Both are down by one game at this writing, but neither is down for the count..
The Silver Knights finished up their regular season last week with three games before they began Sectional play on Monday.
On May 5 the team took on Calhoun County at home, handing the Red Devils the 9-6 loss when all was said and done. The Knights scored nine runs on six hits and played error free ball.
The Knights found themselves behind 1-0 in the first inning, but jumped out to the lead with a three inning third and fourth inning. The team capped off their scoring for the day with three more runs in the sixth.
Senior Garrett Amos was on the mound for the Silver and Black, for four innings, taking the loss.
Offensively, Amos doubled to knock in two runs; Justin Carpenter hit two singles; Zack Knowlton, Dalton Wells, and Dalton Parson each singled with Carper and Knowlton collecting two RBI’s each.
At home on May 6 the Knights played host to formidible Roane County team in a double header.
The Raiders handed Consolidated two losses on the day 9-1 and 12-5.
In the first game, Silver Knights getting hits were: Amos, Parsons and Blaise Rice, all getting singles. Cody Laugh collected the only RBI.
In the second game, Amos doubled and singled; Knowlton singled; Laugh hit two singles; and Wells singled to collect one RBI.
The Silver Knights ended their regular season with a record of 6-13.
Consolidated traveled to New Martinsville on Monday to begin Sectional tournament play, taking on the 10-6 Magnolia Blue Eagles on their own turf.
In one of their best efforts of the year, the Silver Knights held their own against their rivals until the Eagles bats came alive in the fifth. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie until third inning when the Blue plated a runner. The Knights held strong though, both defensively and on the mound forcing their opponents to strategize. Piling on four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, the Eagles took the win, 9-0.
Magnolia scored nine runs on 10 hits and were cited with one error. The Silver Knights accumulated five hits in the game and committed three errors.
Dalton Wells worked the mound for the Silver, striking out six batters and walking four.
At the plate, Amost and Cody Laugh each singled twice.
The Silver Knights took up the challenge for the second game of the series at Tyler Consolidated on Tuesday.
Paden City played one regular season game last week before venturing into Sectional play.
The Wildcats hosted Bellaire St. Johns on May 2 in their last regular season game of the year, taking the loss, 14-11.
Senior Zach Yost took the loss on the mound for the Green.
At the plate, Yost helped himself out by hitting one single for one RBI; James Baker doubled, driving home three runs; Jared Stewart hit a double; Jay Billiter singled twice for two RBI’s; Kyle Staton singled for an RBI; and Trey Leonard hit one single for one RBI.
Paden City began Sectional play-offs on Monday at Valley, facing off with the Valley Lumberjacks. The ‘Cats wound up with the loss, 15-2.
The Wildcats held the lead, momentarily, 2-0, in their at-bats in the first inning, but the Jacks took control of the game once they stood in the batters box. Valley posted 13 runs in the bottom of the first to distance their lead, winding up with the 15-2 win.
Trey Leonard started on the mound for the Green, walking six batters and was relieved by Matt Barker in the first inning.
Barker finished the game with four strike outs and one walk.
The ‘Cats accumulated three hits in the game, including a first inning home run by Jared Stewart to drive two runs home. Stewart also doubled for two more RBI’s. Baker singled.
Paden City will continue their Sectional play on Wednesday.