Big Reds best Roane
PARKERSBURG – Scoring in every inning but one, Parkersburg High posted a 10-6 baseball win over visiting Roane County Wednesday afternoon at City Park.
PHS, now 4-5, next plays a 1 p.m. Saturday doubleheader at Athens (Ohio) High School, while 0-3 Roane hosts a 3 p.m. twinbill Friday versus Williamstown.
With the score tied at 2-2 after an inning and a half of play, the Class AAA Big Reds tallied two runs in the bottom of the third to snap the deadlock, then two more in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth for their 10-run total.
The Class AA Raiders, trailing 6-2 after four frames, closed to within 6-4 in the fifth, only to see PHS up the margin again in its half of the fifth to 9-4. A two-run Roane sixth made the count 9-6. But Logan Dudley and Damon Ribeiro led off the Big Red sixth with back-to-back doubles for the final run of the game.
PHS’ pair of first-inning runs came on Ribeiro’s RBI groundout and a passed ball before Roane squared things in the top of the second on Caije Nichols’ run-scoring single and Joe Copley’s RBI double.
But the Big Reds plated two nuns in both the third on Jeff Davis’ two-RBI double and the fourth on Kyle Foster’s sacrifice fly and Dudley’s RBI single to grab a 6-2 lead.
The teams each tallied in the fifth – Roane on successive two-out RBI singles by Tim Hendershot and Nichols, but PHS bettered that by one on Eric Scott’s RBI double along with an error and wild pitch that let in two more runs.
Big Red starter Caleb Thrash improved to 3-0 on the mound this season with a five-strikeout, no-walk performance through the initial 4 2/3 innings, with Scott and Davis finishing up.
”We’re still not hitting the ball very well,” said PHS head coach Alan Burns, despite his team getting 10 hits Wednesday. ”Today, we had about three or four solid hits, but other than that, we made contact, but not solid contact.
”Our defense is getting better. Today, I thought our pitching was mediocre, not overpowering, but we played good enough to win.”
Roane head coach Jeff Thompson thought his team ”improved over what we did the last time out,” considering that the Raiders had been shut out in both their previous two games this season while producing just four hits total.
”The weather’s been a disadvantage for us, because we’re young and trying to replace a lot of guys. So we still have a lot of question marks, and we can’t really answer those questions until we get out here and play a little bit to see where things are going to fall in at.”