Prep baseball roundup: St. Albans coach Whitman gets 300th career victory
St. Albans gave coach Rick Whitman his 300th victory in style Monday.The host Red Dragons scored 13 runs in the bottom of the third inning to get past Cabell Midland 17-2 in a five-inning mercy-rule game."The biggest thing that comes to mind is all the kids over the years that have put in a lot of time for me,'' Whitman said of the milestone. "My assistant coaches put in as much time as me. I think about what they've given up for me.''Midland took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but SA came back in the bottom half to tie it at 2-all. Dillon Ramsey led off bottom of the third with a solo home run to give the Red Dragons the lead for good at 3-2. Later in the third, Joey Dodrill smacked a three-run round-tripper as SA took control. SA pitcher Josh Kiser surrendered the two earned runs in the top of the first then blanked the Knights the rest of the way. He allowed just four hits and struck out four with no walks.Dodrill finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs for the Class AAA No. 6 Red Dragons (18-3) while Ramsey legged out two hits, including a double, and had two RBIs. SA's Tyler Allen knocked in two runs and Dustin Turley had a triple and two RBIs."They came ready to play,'' said Whitman, whose team is fresh off finishing a perfect 3-0 to win the Ed Carter Memorial Tournament this past weekend. "I'm proud of them.''
CHAPMANVILLE 8, HOOVER 4: The host Tigers scored six unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to break open a close game and upend AA No. 1 Herbert Hoover. The teams were tied at 1-all before the fourth.
Tyler Cox went 3-for-4 with a double for AA No. 7 Chapmanville (11-8) and Robert Banks rapped out two hits. Zach Wright went 2-for-4 with a triple for the Huskies (14-4) and Ryan Shamblin had two its, including a double.
HURRICANE 6, LINCOLN CO. 1: Bryce Belcher went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs to lead the visiting Redskins. Class AAA No. 2 Hurricane improved to 17-3. Blake Cyfers laced a double for the Panthers (2-15).
LOGAN 8, SC 3: Adam Mareske went 3-for-4 with a double as the AAA No. 7 Wildcats grabbed a road win. Beni Adkins and Matthew Long added two hits apiece for Logan Wildcats (10-3). Rease Ripley had a triple and an RBI for South Charleston (6-16).
PRINCETON 2, RIVERSIDE 0: A pair of Warriors' errors led to the Tigers' runs. Brothers Corey and Alex Quick had a hit apiece for Class AAA No. 10 Princeton (11-3). Mark Kell had the lone hit for Riverside (11-11).
SHERMAN 8, CAPITAL 4: Matthew Long went 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs as the Tide downed the host Cougars. John Hunter added three hits, including a double, for AA Sherman (4-11) while B.D. Banks went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Anthony Gavin legged out two hits, including a double, for the AAA Cougars.
VALLEY 14, OAK HILL 6: Todd Coleman went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as the Class A No. 9 Greyhounds won on the road. Tyler Clodfelter added a double and drove in two runs for Valley (15-4) while Arik McGinnis went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI. John Lokant had two hits and two RBIs for the AA Red Devils
CLAY 17, CALHOUN 2: Ethan Smith went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBIs as Clay County (10-8) routed visiting Calhoun in five innings. Adam Taylor added a triple and three RBIs and Jimmy Brogan, Alex Burkhamer and Chris Cole had two hits apiece for the Panthers.
WAYNE 10, POINT 8: Corey Pancake went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs as the AA No. 8 Pioneers defeated No. 4 Point Pleasant on the road. Tyler Adkins added three hits and drove home two runs for Wayne (11-7) while Zach Cassidy contributed a pair of hits and an RBI. Brandon Toler went 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs for the Big Blacks (13-5) and Evan Potter added a three-run home run.
WAHAMA 14, SOUTH GALIA 4: The White Falcons scored six runs in the fifth to defeat visiting South Gallia (Ohio) in a five-inning mercy-rule game. Zach Warth went 3-for-4 with a home run for Wahama (10-9) while Tyler Roush added two hits, including a double. Seth Jarren doubled for South Gallia (3-4).
ST. JOE, CROSS LANES SPLIT: Jamison Akins and Chris Debord drove in two runs apiece as Cross Lanes Christian beat St. Joseph 10-6 in the opener of a doubleheader. Paul Dransfeld went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Fighting Irish (10-6) past the Warriors 11-8 in the nightcap. Cross Lanes improved to 11-7.