Hurricane crushes errant Spring Valley 19-3
HURRICANE, W.Va. — Hurricane and Spring Valley met on the baseball diamond for the second time this year Wednesday and the result was the same.
Hurricane defeated Spring Valley 19-3 in a five-inning mercy-rule game at Lola Meeks Field. Hurricane also won a March 16 game at Spring Valley, 5-1.
The Redskins plated runs in each of the first three innings Wednesday, pounding out 10 hits and taking advantage of Spring Valley errors.
Hurricane (13-2) scored six runs in the first inning on four hits and a Timberwolves’ error while sending 10 hitters to plate against starting pitcher Caleb Hensley.
Ethan Riggs pitched the second inning in relief for Spring Valley, allowing only one unearned run that Hurricane scored with the aid of errors in the Timberwolves’ outfield.
The Redskins roughed up Riggs in the third inning with five runs and six hits before Spring Valley replaced him with Justin Harrold. Before the contest was over, five Spring Valley (9-7) pitchers tried to stop the Redskins.
Austin Dearing paced the Redskins with two doubles, a single and three RBIs. Ethan Lewis doubled in three at-bats and knocked in two.
The Redskins drew nine walks and scored eight unearned runs.
Spring Valley’s offense threatened each inning, but could not get the key hit that would bring a run home.
Hank Hinchman, Tyrus Baumgardner and Cody Sharp accounted for each of the Spring Valley hits prior to the fifth inning. In the top of the fifth, Wyatt Milum ended the shutout effort by Hurricane with a three-run home run.
Hurricane’s Brenden Lewis pitched four innings, giving up three hits while walking one and striking out seven.
Lewis was relieved by Mason McKenzie, who pitched one inning and was touched for three runs on two hits.
The Redskins are scheduled to play Thursday at Capital while Spring Valley is off until Saturday, when it travels to St. Albans.