HAYSI PITCHER Ryan Jones
winds up early in Friday’s BDD contest and goes on to fire a
two-hit shutout, while shutting down a good Honaker club. Jones
and the Haysi Tigers took sole possession of first place in the
BDD with its 10-0 win.
(Photos courtesy of Anthony Stevens/The Lebanon News.)
Haysi's Jones Shuts Down Honaker 10-0
In BDD Diamond Win
by Lloyd Combs
The final margin was unexpected.
The fact that Ryan Jones shut
down a good team was not.
Jones fired a two-hit shutout and the
Haysi Tigers took sole possession of first place in the Black
Diamond District with a 10-0 rout of the Honaker Tigers Friday
night at Harding Field.
The game was called after six innings
under the 10-run rule, a first for these two rivals.
Jones doubled home the only run he would need in
the first inning. He dominated at times, striking out 12, but he
also struggled with his control.
The senior righthander walked seven
batters, including two of the first three men he faced. Jones
walked at least one batter in each of the first five innings, as
Honaker (5-5-1, 2-1 BDD) stranded 11 baserunners, including three
in the fourth.
“I got geared up to try and to keep the
ball down,” Jones said. “Then my first seven or eight pitches were
“I had a little control problem. I
was trying to aim it. But when they loaded the bases (in the
fourth), I just threw it.”
Jones worked out of several jams. The
biggest was in the fourth when Honaker filled the bases with no
Jones bounced back and retired the
side with mostly fastballs, striking out the next two batters and
getting the third to pop out to first.
Haysi (8-4, 3-0) broke the game open
after that, getting three runs in the fifth and doubling its lead
with five more in the sixth.
“That was the turning point in
the game,” Haysi Coach Dewayne Stanley said. “You could feel the
momentum swing after they left the bases loaded (in the fourth).
You could see them go down and us go up.”
Eight Haysi starters had at
least one hit. Jones, Kevin Viers, Adam Hill and Justin Kiser each
had two hits. Jones, Hill and Kiser each drove in two runs.
“Just about everybody hit the ball
well,” Stanley added. “This is a big game to win, especially to
come up here and win the first one.”
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by Lloyd Combs
For Twin Valley, it was hard to tell which lasted longer, the
streak or the game itself.
Twin Valley went ten innings to earn
its first win over Council in nine games with a 10-5 victory over
the Cobras in BDD play Monday afternoon at Willie Sullivan Field.
After being held without a hit
the previous five innings, the Panthers put an end to the marathon
contest with five runs in the 10th. A bases-loaded walk to Chris
Viers forced J.J. Matney home with the go-ahead run, giving Twin
Valley (5-5, 2-2 BDD) its first lead since the third inning.
Jacob St. Clair added an
RBI single and Cory Hicks singled home two runs to break open what
had been a one-run game since Twin Valley took a 3-2 lead in the
“It felt good to end our
eight-game losing streak against Council,” said Twin Valley Coach
Steve Hamro III, a Cobra assistant the past couple of seasons. “It
feels great to come over here and get a win.
“Dave (Rasnake) had his
team well prepared to play us. His teams are always well-coached.”
The Panthers forced extra
innings when Hicks reached on a fielder’s choice as Viers beat a
throw to the plate in the seventh. Hicks, who bats ninth, finished
2-for-5 with three RBIs as the 6-through-9 hitters led the way for
Number eight hitter
Jory Rife was 0-for-1, but walked three times, put down two good
sacrifice bunts and had two RBIs. St. Clair finished 2-for-5 and
Viers was 1-for-3 with three walks and two runs scored.
Hamro said. “We put the ball in play and the guys in the bottom of
the order came through for us.”
Matney and Ethan
Prater each had two hits and scored two runs for the Panthers.
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