A big inning sparked Wyoming East to victory.
The Warriors scored five times in the third and Hunter Hall pitched six strong innings as East trimmed Shady Spring, 6-3, on Tuesday evening at New Richmond.
It was the home opener in what has been a rain-plagued spring.
“I could tell Hall was going to have a good game when I watched him warm up,” said WEHS coach Ron Mayhew. “His fastball was good.”
The Warriors faced a 3-1 deficit when a combination of hits, walks and Tiger errors led to the scoring outburst.
Ethan Hoosier walked on four pitches, moved to second on a wild pitch and went on to third on a throwing error.
DJ. Rose walked, and Eric Hoosier’s grounder was misplayed, allowing a run to score.
Hall’s single to left drove in a run and tied the game at 303.
A Dylan Repass grounder and Tanner Hall’s single to left produced another run and put the Warriors ahead.
Freshman McQuade Canada drove a 3-1 pitch to left and loaded the bases.
Errors on ground balls hit by Matt Caldwell and Ethan Hoosier brought in runs to increase the East lead to 6-3.
“We hit the ball hard,” Mayhew commented.
Neither team scored again, but both had their chances.
Shady Spring had none on and two out in the fourth when it loaded the bases.
Austin Wood hit a ball hard to third, and Caleb Dangerfield walked.
Keith Sexton’s single to left filled the bases.
Hall got the next batter to fly out to escape the jam.
Tanner Quesenberry singled in the Tiger fifth, but Eric Hoosier threw him out when he tried to steal second.
East put two on in its half of the fifth when Canada singled to center and Caldwell’s grounder resulted in an error. But the threat produced no runs.
Hoosier came on to pitch in the seventh.
“We wanted to use a different kind of pitcher,” Mayhew remarked. “Ethan doesn’t throw as hard (as Hall) and (pitches to contact).”
He retired the first two batters before Shady’s Quesenberry blooped a single down the right field line. Matt Sinclair singled, and a Noah Farley infield hit loaded the bases.
Caleb Lilly grounded out to second on the first pitch to end the game.
“I was pretty pleased with our play offensively, defensively and pitching” said Mayhew. “Shady is a pretty good team, and I think this will give us confidence.”
Canada was 3-3 at the plate for East and drove in two runs.
Hall got the victory, and Hoosier got the save.
Shady used four pitchers.
The Warriors aren’t scheduled to play at home until April 21 against Summers County. They visit Westside on April 19.
East improved to 5-3 late last week with a 6-3 win at Bluefield on Wednesday and a 6-2 victory over Oak Hill on Friday.
Matt Caldwell and D.J. Rose each had two hits for East against the Beavers. Tyler Bradford was the winning pitcher.
Eric Hoosier had two hits and three RBI against Oak Hill. Ethan Hoosier got the win.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.