After having a rough go of things as of late, Walker Valley was able to shake things up at the plate and split their doubleheader against Oak Ridge on Saturday afternoon.
“We got off the skids; that’s a good thing. We’ve still got to get a little bit more aggressive,” Walker Valley head coach Joe Shamblin said after taking a 3-1 victory in the final game of the day. “I’m happy to get this win.”
Following yet another loss, the Mustangs were able to turn around and beat their hard-hitting opponent.
John Simmons got the nod to start from the mound and did a solid job in the three innings he pitched.
Walker Valley was able to get three runs in the bottom of the second, which turned out to be enough to walk away with the victory.
At the top of the fourth, Chase Prince took over pitching for the next two innings. Thanks to the Mustangs’ defensive efforts, the Wildcats were still unable to register a single run.
Elijah Haynie pitched the sixth inning, where Oak Ridge was able to score their only run due to a catcher’s error.
“We only made two errors in this game. When you make two errors, you can hold a team a bit better rather than the five errors in the first game. Those errors hurt us a lot,” Shamblin explained.
Kamren Barnes came in to finish things up for Walker Valley in the seventh, getting the save and securing the win.
WILDCATS 10, MUSTANGS 2
The afternoon didn’t get going quite as well as Walker Valley would have liked as they dropped their first game against the Wildcats 10-2.
Drew Lyles started out pitching and, despite the what the scoreboard reflected, pitched an excellent game
During the four innings Lyles pitched, he struck out eight Oak Ridge batters.
“I thought Drew pitched a really good game. In fact, that was probably the best game he’s pitched,” Shamblin commented. “He got nothing to show for it because of all the mistakes we made.”
During the first game, the Mustangs made five costly errors of which the Wildcats were more than happy to reap the benefits.
Walker Valley was held scoreless until the fourth inning, where they got their two runs.
With the bases loaded, Logan Melton was able to drive Chase Prince home. A missed catch by the Oak Ridge first baseman gave Bradley Smith the chance to get the second run.
The Mustangs will have very little time to rest up and prepare for their division matchup against cross-county rivals Bradley Central beginning on Monday.
The Bears are currently undefeated in 5-AAA play and suffered their last loss a little over a week ago at a tournament in Florida.
Walker Valley has only won two of their past six games, with three of those losses coming from district games.
“We’ve got to be ready for Bradley on Monday and Tuesday,” Shamblin said. “I don’t have to do a whole lot to get them amped up against Bradley. Hopefully they’ll come out with all they’ve got.”
Monday’s game will be at Mike Turner Field and is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Oak Ridge 102 511 0 — 10 10 2
Walker Valley 000 200 0 — 2 4 5
LP: Drew Lyles Highlights: Kamren Barnes 2-4; Chase Prince 1-2, run.
Oak Ridge 000 001 0 — 1 1 1
Walker Valley 030 000 x — 3 6 2
WP: John Simmons 3 IP. Save: Kamren Barnes 2B: Tyrus Hamrick Highlights: Bradley Smith 2-4, 2 RBI; Simmons 1-2; Chase Prince 1-2, run; Hamrick 1-2; Elijah Haynie 1-2, RBI. Record: Walker Valley 10-10.