Off the Schneid
Hundred High School has turned the corner in the rebuilding of its baseball program. On April 23, Logan Norris plated Skylar Goff in the bottom of the seventh inning on a walk-off single, beating homestanding Clay-Battelle, 9-8.
Notably, Clay-Battelle has been a good neighbor toward the rival Hornets. After July’s flooding destroyed Hundred’s football field, Clay-Battelle allowed the Hornets access of the Cee-Bees’ territory for practice and play, including equipment use. Clay-Battelle has also allowed use of its baseball facilities.
On April 23, the Cee-Bees, visitors on their own field, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Hundred would then score four times in the bottom half to take the lead at 4-1. Norris walked and was chased to second on a Hunter Tustin single. Bryce Bartrug followed with an RBI double, while Gauge Boston singled off the Cee-Bees’ short-stop glove. Travis McCoy added an RBI single, but after a strike-out, Chase Sturm and Robert Hostutler each walked, scoring their final tally of the inning.
Hundred bumped it up to 6-1 in the second when Norris walked for the second straight at bat, raced to third on a Hunter Tusin single, and scored on the second straight RBI double by Bartrug. Boston singled for the second time, but Tustin was called out at home on a nice Clay-Battelle defensive play. Bartrug later scored on a Cee-Bee error.
Hundred pushed their advantage to 7-1 in the third when McCoy doubled and scored on a Chase Sturm single before the Cee-Bees started their comeback.
The Cee-Bees scored a run in the fourth with a bases-loaded walk. They tacked on five more runs in the fifth to pull to within 8-7, heading into the seventh inning.
Clay-Battelle would tie things up in the top of the seventh on four straight singles, but thanks to the never-give-up and play as hard as you can philosophy of Head Coach Ron Dennis, the Hornets went to work in the bottom of the seventh, all tied up at 8-8.
The Hornets’ Skylar Goff reached on a two-out single and got himself into position to score. Logan Norris drilled his second base hit of the game for the walk-off victory.
“The monkey is off our backs,” said Coach Dennis. “This is a much-needed win for our confidence level. These young men have given me everything they have and have made amazing progress as baseball players.”
Norris led the way both offensively and defensively. At the plate he had two singles, including the walk-off RBI single. Norris came in relief early in the fifth and got the win in relief. Bryce Bartrug didn’t get the win, but pitched well into the fifth before leaving. He also pounded out a single, two doubles and knocked in two runs.
In addition, Hunter Tustin singled twice and knocked in a run, while Travis McCoy singled and doubled, and plated a run. Chase Sturm added an RBI single as well as Goff, who also scored the winning run.
Trinity 16, Hundred 6
Logan Norris belted two hits, and Andrew Zedell knocked in two runs. However, it wasn’t quite enough to get past Trinity, 16-6, April 21 in Morgantown.
Byrce Bartrug, Chase Sturm, and Brandon Rine each added RBI singles. Hunter Tustin also added a single for Hundred.