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Mustangs drop 3 recent baseball games

Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

On Friday and Saturday, the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs lost three consecutive games, falling to Eastern on Friday and then a doubleheader on Saturday to the Paint Valley Bearcats.

In the Southern Hills Athletic Conference loss to the Warriors, the Mustangs fell by an 11-5 score, with the Eastern Warriors collecting nine hits and seven errors. LCHS had five hits and five errors.

LCHS held the early lead by a 1-0 score after the bottom of the second inning, but Eastern tied the score at 1-1 with a run in the top of the third. In the fourth, the Warriors scored four runs, and in the top of the fifth they added another four runs. The Mustangs scored two runs in their half of the fifth, trailing 9-3 after five innings.

In the seventh, the Mustangs and Warriors each scored two runs for the final 11-5 score.

Braedon West led LCHS at the plate with a 2-for-3 game, collecting two RBI, a walk and a steal. Austin Bell was 1-for-4, Cody Bell went 1-for-3 with a run and Christian Flowers finished 1-for-3 with a run, one RBI and a steal.

Josiah Burns totaled a run and a steal, while teammates Asher Faust and Isaac Eyre each scored a run.

On the mound, Cole Wells pitched three innings, allowing one run (unearned) on one hit and a walk. He finished with four strikeouts on 49 pitches, 29 strikes, as he faced 14 batters on Friday.

On Saturday, April 15, the Mustangs fell to the Paint Valley Bearcats by a game-one score of 6-1 and game two by a 5-2 score.

In game one, Paint Valley built a 2-1 lead after the first inning, and after a three-run second inning, the Bearcats led the Mustangs by a 5-1 score. In the fourth, PVHS added a run, finishing the scoring for the game.

The Bearcats totaled four runs and committed an error, while the Mustangs had one hit and four errors.

Cody Bell finished 1-for-2 with a triple and a run. Braedon West had an RBI and a steal. Austin Bell and Christian Flowers each forced a walk.

Flowers pitched three innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks, finishing with five strikeouts. He threw a total of 72 pitches, 41 for strikes, with 20 batters faced.

Jacob Burns pitched two innings, allowing one unearned run on no hits and a walk. Burns finished five strikeouts, throwing 40 pitches, 25 for strikeouts as he faced eight batters.

In game two the Mustangs lost to the Bearcats by a 5-2 score. Both team scored a run in the first inning, and in the top of the second PVHS scored a run, taking a 2-1 lead. They scored two runs in the third for a 4-1 lead, and after each team added a run in the fourth, the score was 5-2, ending the scoring for the game.

The Mustangs saw West go 1-for-1 with a run and two walks. Cole Wells finished 1-for-2 with two RBI, and Luke Smith went 1-for-2 with a double, and a walk. Cody Bell forced two walks, and Josiah Burns drew a walk and was hit by a pitch. Also for LCHS, Jacob Allen had a walk.

Isaac Eyre pitched 3.1 innings, allowing five runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Eyre threw 71 pitches, 35 for strikes, and he faced 19 batters.

Braedon West pitched 1.2 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk He finished with two strikeouts, throwing 25 pitches, 18 for strikes, and he faced seven batters.


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