Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pitching keys WF baseball's victories

By The Herald Staff | 4/30/2014

It took three times to schedule, but West Franklin and Central Heights played its baseball doubleheader Monday at Central Heights.

West Franklin swept their county rivals, 9-3 and 8-5. Pitching and timely hitting proved to be the difference.

It took three times to schedule, but West Franklin and Central Heights played its baseball doubleheader Monday at Central Heights.

West Franklin swept their county rivals, 9-3 and 8-5. Pitching and timely hitting proved to be the difference.

“It was cold,” West Franklin coach Danny Homer said. “The wind was blowing. Both teams squandered a lot of opportunities to score.

“Both teams battled. We had more timely hitting than they did.”

Central Heights coach Jason Brown lamented the Vikings could not come up with a hit in key situations.

“We can not get that key hit or key defensive play to get us over the hump,” Brown said. “We are playing hard, just not getting the results we want.

West Franklin’s Will Duda tossed a compete game gem in the opener.

He finished with seven strikeouts and scattered six hits.

Emerson Reece and Tyler Rogers combined for 14 strikeouts in the nightcap.

Reece had 10 in four innings and Rogers had four in three innings.

Coby Robertson started the opener for the Vikings.

“He started off a little rough and then settled down,” Brown said.

Senior Tristan Davis started the nightcap.

“He threw well for us,” Brown said. “He gave us a chance to win keeping it at 5-5.

“We had a bad seventh inning and they then had a key hit.”

Clay Altic provided the big stick with five RBIs in the doubleheader for the Falcons.

He snapped a 5-5 tie in the nightcap with a three-run triple. He was 6-for-8 in the doubleheader.

Homer said every night somebody different gets hot and that has made a big difference in the Falcons attack.

Reece and Oaklee Homer had two RBIs each in the opener.

“We hit the ball really hard,” Homer said.

Central Heights was paced by Merrick Brown with two hits and two RBIs in the opener.

Robertson, Jacob Pryor, Ethan Shields and Jacob Anderson had hits.

Pryor paced the Vikings with three hits in the second game.

Robertson, Davis, Merrick Brown, Shields and Anderson had the other hits.

Anderson scored two runs.

West Franklin (10-2) plays at home Friday against Mission Valley.

Central Heights plays today at home against Marmaton Valley and Tuesday at home in a rescheduled doubleheader against Iola.

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