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Tyler Consolidated Baseball Has Big Week

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | May 19, 2021

Coach Jones addresses the team after Defeating Magnolia

Tyler Consolidated

Baseball Team Extends Winning Streak to 8 Games

Tyler swept a doubleheader from Valley High School on Monday, May 10 winning the first game by the score of 13-0 and 10-0 in game two. Jayden Helmick picked up two wins on the mound for Knights with 8 strikeouts in five innings. Helmick was also two for three with a triple, two walks, six stolen bases, four runs scored and two RBI’s. Freshmen Zade Billings was four for four at the plate with a double, triple and three RBI’s. TCHS improved their record to 11-3 and next play at Ritchie County on Tuesday, followed by back to back home and away games with rival Magnolia.

TCHS Boys Baseball Defeat Ritchie County

Numebr 9 ranked Tyler Consolidated received another strong pitching performance from Soph Ty Walton on Tuesday May 11 at Ritchie County defeateing the Rebels 2-0. Walton went the distance striking out 14 and holding Ritchie to only two hits. He helped his effort at the plate going two for three with one RBI. He improved his record on the year to 4-0 and his ERA stands at 0.22. Ty is making a name for himself across the state with 63 strikouts, 14 walks in 31innings. Freshmen Zade Billings went three for four on the night improving his season batting average to .490 with five doubles, one triple, 16 runs scored and 21 RBI”s. Also contibuting for the Knights was Ty Ferrell one for three, Weston Henderson two for three and Hayden Brown one for two. Tyler’s record now stands at 12-3.

TCHS Boys Baseball Downs Rival Magnolia

The Silver Knights won their 10th staright game on Thursday in a 7-4 victory over visiting Magnolia. The win improves Tyler’s record to 13-3. Magnolia jumped out to an early lead in the first inning by the score 3-0 but Tyler came back in the bottonmo of the first to tie the game at three. Hayden Brown went 6.2 innings striking out eight and walking two while allowing only one run on three hits the rest of the way to earn the victory. “Our starter on Thursday, Owen Westbrook, didn’t have it to start the game but Hayden Brown came in and put the fire out, said Coach Jones. That’s what we expect of our pitching staff, they help each other out and step up in big situations.”

After tying the game 3-3 after one inning Tyler’s offense came to life with Jaden Helmick, Zade Billings, Ty Walton and Weston Henderson all contributing hits and stolen bases to give the Tyler Knights a cushion and lead of 6 to 4. Tyler’s final run came on back to back doubles by Hayden Brown and Carson Gorby in the fifth to give Tyler the lead 7-4 which they would never relinquish. Silas McKiver paced Magnolia with two hits and two RBIs and Brendan Mirandy had two hits.

Tyler Defeats Magnolia on Back to Back Nights

Tyler Consolidated exploded for eight runs in the top of the first inning to go on to defeat Magnolia 14-4 on Friday, May 14. The offensive explosion was led by Mason Nichols, Owen Westbrook, Carson Gorby, Jayden Helmick and Zade Billings all driving in runs in the inning. Jayden Helmick got the win on the mound for the Knights. The righthander lasted five innings allowing six hits and four runs, striking out three. Brenden Mirandy took the loss for Magnolia. The pitcher surrendered 14 runs on 10 hits over four innings, striking out one. Tyler was led in hitting by Mason Nichols and Owen Westbrook each collecting two hits. Jayden Helmick had two stolen bases on the night.

TCHS Pitching Throws Perfect Game vs Wirt County

Tyler Consolidated’s Ty Walton and Carson Gorby combined to throw a perfect game on Saturday at TCHS in game one of the doubleheader versus Wirt County and the Silver Knights went on to a 13-0 victory. Walton and Gorby combined to strike out nine batters over five innings. Jaden Helmick went three for four with five stolen bases and two RBIs. Owen Westbrook was two for three with an RBI and the defense played flawless in the field. Quoting Coach Robbie Jones, “it was fun to be part of, as far as we know, the first perfect game in school history. The kids played well when they had two and our pitchers were on fire.”

GAME 1

The first six Knight batters reached base and all came around to score opening up ta 6-0 lead. Jayden Helmick started the offense with a single and promptly stole second and third on consecutive pitches. Wirt finally got out of the inning when Nichols lined out to shortstop. Helmick’s fourth stolen base helped make the score 7-0 in the fourth inning. He sprinted across home plate from third base after Billings’ sac-fly. His final stolen base followed by another Billings RBI one inning later put the Knight at 10 runs. Gorby slammed the door with a one-two-three fifth inning.

GAME 2

It may have taken the Knights two innings to get the bats hot in Game 2, but once they heated up, everything went their way. Helmick pounded out two hits, including the field’s first inside-the-park home run, and drove in four RBIs, Hayden Brown scored two more teammates and the Knights tallied a 12-1 win over the Tigers. “We came in and took care of business. We swung the bats well and the pitchers kept them off balance,” Jones said.

The Tigers finally put a run on the board when Winnell crossed home plate in the fourth inning, but Tyler responded with two more in the fifth, once again triggering the 10-run mercy rule. Overall, the Tigers managed just one hit and struck out a combined 18 times. It was only the Tigers second game of the season and it showed as they committed many errors on the day. Facing a strong Tyler team without the benefit of seeing live pitching was to much for the Tigers.

The TCHS Silver Knights improved their record to 16-3 and nextface Paden City on Monday May 17.