‘Jacks And ‘Jills Defeat Hornets For First Win
The Valley Lumberjacks and the Lumberjills both won their first game of the season against county rival Hundred April 12 in Pine Grove.
In the boys’ contest, the ‘Jacks took a 7-0 lead and had to hold off a late comeback by the Hornets to win, 12-5. VHS standout Alex “Hondo” Henderson struck out nine batters from the mound, while smacking two hits and scoring three times.
Hunter Ring scored twice and lined three singles, while Anthony Quinn, Cameron Price and Cody Scott each doubled and scored twice. Cody Bates drilled a pair of singles, while Drew Wade scored twice for the Lumberjacks.
“The trip to the beach brought us together and helped us get this win tonight,” said Valley lead-off batter Drew Wade.
The Hornets were led offensively by Chris “Squirrel” Varner, who tallied a run and smacked a standup triple. Roger “Bubba” Stalnaker continued to pound the ball and added a ground-rule double and drilled a single, while plating a run. Also Zach Phillips platted a run with a solid single to left. Dalton Kuhn, Mitch Moore each singled, while four-year letterman Zach Watson scored the final Hornet tally of the game.
Jesse Tedrow took the loss from the rubber, struck out three, while Phillips came in relief and struck out three.
“We just can’t seem to all jell at the same time. “We finally put a good inning together, but we make mental mistakes. But, really, I can see light at the end of the tunnel,” said Hornet Head Coach Jeremy Kelch.
The ‘Jills erupted for 12 hits and scored nine runs to win their first game of the season – a 9-2 victory over the Lady Hornets in a game played at the Byrd Center ball field in Pine Grove April 12.
Multiple hits by Kayla Cecil included a single, a double and two RBIs. Brittany Guthrie hit two singles, while Holli Schell and two singles and an RBI. Heidi Shaw contributed a single and a double and Ashley Staley provided three singles that included a bunt single to lead the ‘Jills’ offense. Taylor Highley also added a single to the Lumberjill cause.
Schell got the win from the mound. She struck out three and walked two, while Rachel Ashcraft took the loss for Hundred. She struck out one and walked five. Jordyn Gorby came in relief and struck out five in two innings pitched.
The Hornets were led offensively by Gorby with a single and a double, while Lindsay Burley added a single and a triple. Mercedez Goff, Taylor Ashcraft, Haley Hayes, Macy Woods and Katie Tennant each singled for the Lady Hornets, who only dropped their third game of the season.