By Dave Helmick
MILL CREEK – The Tucker County Baseball team traveled to Tygarts Valley on Wednesday March 30th. The Bulldogs gained an early lead over the Mt. Lions and Tygarts Valley pulled away for the 15-4 win.
Tygarts Valley would score 1 run in each of the first 4 innings with Tucker responding in the top of the 4th inning fourth with 2 runs of their own. Going into the bottom of the 5th inning Tygarts Valley would hold just a 4-2 advantage. Tucker County would have some Injuries requiring pitcher changes and player changes, Tygarts Valley then added 6 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. The Mt. Lions would come back with 2 runs of their own in the top of the 6; however, Tygarts Valley added 5 runs and end the contest in the bottom of the 6 inning to give Tygarts Valley the 15-4 victory.
Ethan Rosenau was on the hill for Tucker County. Rosenau would allow 3 hits and 3 runs over 4 2/3 innings, while striking out 4. Mason Kisamore would enter for one and on third innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit with striking out 3. Justin Robeson would finish the game for the Mt. Lions on the mound. Kisamore, Rosenau, Reece Poling and Justin Robeson each collected one hit to lead Tucker County at the plate.
PARSONS – The Mt. Lions Baseball team hosted their home opener against Pocahontas County in a doubleheader on Saturday April 2nd.
In Game 1 Tucker County would struggle to get the bats going as the Mt. Lions only produced 4 hits in the game. This resulted in just 1 run for Tucker County as Pocahontas would outlast the Mt. Lions to take Game 1 by the final score of 7-1. Mason Kisamore would go 2 of 4 at the plate with a double and a single on the day as Ethan Rosenau and Justin Robeson would collect one hit(single) each. Rosenau would have the only RBI in the game for the Mt. Lions. Kisamore ccollected 3 stolen bases in the contest. Ethan Rosenau was on the mound for Tucker County. The righty went 6 innings allowing six runs on seven hits. Rosenau had 9 strikeouts and walked one. Reece Poling threw 1 inning out of the bullpen. Tucker County would commit 6 errors in the game and would strike out 15 times at the plate in the contest.
Tucker County would bounce back big in Game 2 of the doubleheader as the Mt. Lions would defeat Pocahontas 12-2 in 6 innings. Mason Kisamore would earn the victory on the mound for Tucker County. Kisamore allowed just 3 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings. Kisamore also struck out 16 batters and had 0 walks. The Mt. Lions opened up scoring in the 1st inning. Tucker County scored 1 run when Kisamore singled and scored later off a Justin Robeson hit. Tucker County led after the 1st inning with a 2-0 score. The Mt. Lions would put up another 6 runs in the third inning. The Tucker County bats came to life in the inning as Reece Poling and Blaike Adams hit singles and then RBI groundouts by Tony Costlow and Ethan Rosenau, and a walk by Gavin Nestor helped the Mt. Lions offense.
The Mt. Lions racked up 6 hits in the contest. Kisamore and Adams each collected multiple hits for Tucker County and Kisamore lead the way with 6 stolen bases while Robeson stole 3. Tucker County would minimize mistakes in the field; however, the young team would still commit 3 errors in the game. Adams would catch his first games ever as the sophomore would catch both games of the double header. After the 2 games Saturday Head Coach Steelie Kisamore had this to say about his young catcher, “I feel Blaike has the potential to be very special in this position. He is aggressive, willing to put the work in and really did an amazing job back there today. “He also did an amazing job on the base path putting himself in scoring position each time he was on the bases. Kisamore also added this about his young team, “Really proud of the effort from the young players on this team. Kids are being asked to step up and play positions they have never played and are working hard with great attitudes. We are now starting 4 freshmen and a few players that have been away from the game for a few years.”
Tucker County(1-3) will return to action Friday April 1st at home against Trinity at 6pm. The Mt. Lions will then host Pocahontas County for a doubleheader on Saturday April 2nd with the first game starting at 1pm. For more info go to TuckerCountySports.Com.