Mustangs capture 2 of last 3
by RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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WALKER VALLEY shortstop Bradley Smith (17) eyes a pitch from Rhea County pitcher Trevor Curry in the first inning at the Richard Edwards Play for a Cure Classic at Walker Valley on Friday.
Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS WALKER VALLEY shortstop Bradley Smith (17) eyes a pitch from Rhea County pitcher Trevor Curry in the first inning at the Richard Edwards Play for a Cure Classic at Walker Valley on Friday.
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After starting off Saturday's closing day of the Richard Edwards Playing for a Cure Classic with a win over Harlan County, Ky., the Walker Valley Mustangs closed their tournament appearance with an 8-2 loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville.

The Mustangs ended the weekend Classic with a 2-2 record.

Credit for the win went to CAK's Baylor Sundahl who kept the Mustangs off balance with a solid mix of heat and off speed pitches before running out of gas with the lead in bottom of the fourth.

"We got into a bad pitching matchup. The first guy they had throwing is a good one," said Walker Valley coach Joe Shamblin. "He was throwing in the mid to upper 80s, and we had a freshman on the mound. It was one of those pitching matchups you get in these tournaments.

"We played good defense, we just didn't hit the ball very good. I'm not dissatisfied with them after this game."

Sundahl gave up one hit, walked four and struck out six Mustangs.

The Mustangs (3-3) scored lone runs in the first and fourth innings while being held to only two hits in seven innings.

The first Walker Valley run came courtesy of a CAK error that tied the game 1-1.

The Warriors (3-2-1) erupted for five runs in the top of the third against sophomore Mustangs starter Will Waters.

Waters gave up three hits and two walks to the Warriors before being pulled with two outs in favor of Brady Swafford.

The new Mustang was greeted with an RBI double that made it a 6-1 game.

Walker Valley's Bradley Smith made it a 6-2 game with an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the fourth. After loading the bases with two outs, the Mustangs missed a chance to put more runs on the board when a fly ball to center ended the inning.

The Warriors added single runs in the sixth and seventh to nail down the win.

Shamblin and the Mustangs will use what they learned during the Classic and apply it to Monday's district clash with McMinn County.

"We found out we have a couple of kids who can play a couple of positions for us that we didn't have this past week. That's going to shore up our defense a little bit and hopefully make us a little bit better," said Shamblin.

"We'll just work it up from here. We've got two tough district games Monday and Tuesday and hopefully the moves we're making are going to pay off for us,"

SATURDAY

MUSTANGS 6, BEARS 5

The Mustangs started the day off with a win in the third game of the Classic with a 6-5 win over the Harlan County Kentucky Bears.

The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead when West singled and scored on a wild pitch.

After falling behind 2-1, Walker Valley tied the game when Bradley Smith crossed the plate on a Bears' error.

Harlan County put two runs on the board in the top of the sixth to lead 4-2

The Mustangs countered with doubles from Simmons, West and Brian Oliver in the bottom half of the inning and led 5-4 headed into the sixth.

Harlan County scored a single run to tie the game 5-5 but were held scoreless in the top of the seventh.

Ryan Shank started off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and put himself in scoring position with a stolen base. Stu Clark moved Shank to third with a sacrifice fly. With the Mustangs looking for a hit, Church stepped in the box and cracked a single to right field to score Shank and give the win to Walker Valley.

FRIDAY

MUSTANGS 3, EAGLES 2

Zach Wilcox and Will Waters combined for a four-hitter against Rhea County Friday afternoon leading the Mustangs to a 3-2 win over the Eagles.

Wilcox came on with a runner on and no outs in the bottom of the second to help the Mustangs hold on to a 2-1 lead. The Walker Valley junior held off the Eagles giving up only three hits in six innings of work.

John Simmons doubled in two runs in the top of the first to put the Mustangs out front. Rhea County came back to make it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the second.

After three scoreless innings, a two-out walk turned into the third Mustangs run on an RBI single by Elijah West.

The Eagles scored once more on a Walker Valley throwing error before the Mustangs closed out the win.

Jake Broome came on in relief of Carlton and struck out five Bears in two innings of work, giving up three hits.

GAME SUMMARIES

FRIDAY

MUSTANGS 3, EAGLES 2

Walker Valley 200 001 0 — 3 6 3

Rhea County 001 000 1 — 2 4 0

WP: Zach Wilcox. LP: Trevor Curry. 2B: John Simmons (WV). Other highlights: Simmons 2-3, Elijah West 2-3. Records: Walker Valley 2-2; Rhea County 2-2.

SATURDAY

MUSTANGS 6, BEARS 5

Harlan County, Ky. 002 021 0 — 5 10 2

Walker Valley 010 130 1 — 6 11 5

WP: Trae Carlton. 2B: Simmons, West, Oliver (WV); Doss (HC).

WARRIORS 8,MUSTANGS 2

CAK 105 001 1 — 8 10 2

Walker Valley 100 100 0 — 2 2 0

WP: Baylor Sandahl. LP: Will Waters. 2B: Brice McMillan, Conner Love (CAK). Records: CAK 3-2-1; Walker Valley 2-2.