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Whiteoak baseball gains run-rule victory over Lynchburg-Clay

Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

After a first inning where the Whiteoak Wildcats and Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs combined for six runs, the Wildcats went on to score no less than three runs in three of the next four innings played, leading to the visiting Wildcats defeating the Mustangs 18-6 in five innings and gaining the run-rule victory in Southern Hills Athletic Conference play.

The Wildcats totaled 15 hits in the road win and had one error, while LCHS totaled six hits and committed four errors.

Leading WHS at the plate was Zander Roades with a 4-for-4 game as he collected one run, two RBI, a walk and three steals.

Two Wildcats each had three hits in the win, with Landon Barnett going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, four runs, one RBI and a steal.

Ian Griffith was 3-for-5 with a run, three RBI and four steals. Nate Price had a productive day at 2-for-4 with three runs, five RBI, a double and a home run.

Carson Emery was 1-for-2 with four runs and three steals, and Luken Roades went 1-for-1 with three runs, one RBI, four walks and one steal. Eli Roberts was 1-for-2 as he scored a run and had an RBI, two walks and three steals.

David Donohoo had an RBI and a SAC, while Kaden Moon-Stone totaled a run, a walk and a HBP.

Barnett was the winning pitcher, as he went 3.2 innings pitched, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks. He finished with three strikeouts. Moon-Stone pitched 1.1 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits and no walks, with two strikeouts.

For the Mustangs, Luke Smith finished 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a run and two RBI.

Josiah Burns went 1-for-1 with two runs and two walks, while Cole Wells finished 1-for-3 with a double and a run. Braedon West ended the day at 1-for-3 with a double and a run.

Austin Bell finished with a run, two walks and a steal. Asher Faust forced one walk.

Burns was charged with the loss, pitching 1.2 innings, allowing eight runs on five hits and four walks. Christian Flowers pitched two innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks, and he had a strikeout. West threw 1.1 innings on the mound, where he allowed seven runs on six hits and five walks, totaling two strikeouts.

The loss moves LCHS to 4-7 in the SHAC and 6-11 overall. Whiteoak improves to 7-1 in the SHAC standings and 13-1 overall.

     438 03x x - 18 15 1
LCHS    210 30x x - 6 6 4


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