Caleb Lawhon provided all the run support Walker Valley ace Matthew Pigg needed with a first inning grand slam and the Mustangs added six more runs to defeat the Polk County Wildcats 10-0 in …
Caleb Lawhon provided all the run support Walker Valley ace Matthew Pigg needed with a first inning grand slam and the Mustangs added six more runs to defeat the Polk County Wildcats 10-0 in the season opener for both teams Monday at Mike Turner Field.
“Not a bad start. I would have liked to see us hit it a little better than what we did, but the pitching was good and the defense was good. Caleb had a heck of a game going 3 for 3 with six RBIs. Not a bad start, I'll take it,” said Mustangs coach Joe Shamblin after the five inning victory.
Pigg gave up a single hit in his only inning of work while striking out one and walking one. The Mustangs (1-0) used four pitchers in combining to hold the Wildcats (0-1) to only two hits on the chilly afternoon.
Coleman McCoy, Dylan Allender and Ethan Halley all worked the hill for the Mustangs.
“That's what our goal was,” Shamblin said of getting work for numerous Mustangs. “We've still got some unanswered questions to figure out. I'm sure everybody else does this time of year. Any time you can score 10 runs in cold weather like this, it's a good day.”
The Mustangs loaded the bases in the bottom of the first, courtesy of two hit batsmen and a walk setting the stage for Lawhon. With a stiff breeze blowing to dead-center field, the big Walker Valley first baseman ripped a shot on the second pitch. The line drive homer cleared the wall just left of the 365-foot, sign emptying the bases and giving Walker Valley a 4-0 lead.
Kevin Bowerman reached on an infield hit to open the lower portion of the second with Blake Peterson following two outs later trotting to first with a walk. Lawhon again came through for the Mustangs with a two-RBI double just inside the bag at third that saw Bowerman and Peterson race home to make it a 6-0 game.
Walker Valley added a single run in the fourth with a single off the bat of Bowerman that scored Lawhon, who earlier reached on a single.
Holding a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth, the Mustangs' Hunter Schoenhoff stood on first after a Polk error. Bowerman came through with a single and Hunter Shamblin loaded the bases on the second Wildcats miscue of the inning. Jordan Munck's single to center scored Schoenhoff and Bowerman, putting the Mustangs on top 9-0 with no outs. A walk to Peterson put Mustangs on every base for the second time in the inning. Wildcats coach Jon Tucker replaced Peyton Dean on the mound as Harrison Price stepped into the batter's box for the Mustangs. Price lifted a fly deep to right field that easily scored Shamblin to give Walker Valley the shutout win.
“We haven't been able to scrimmage and we are just really working on the routine things. We didn't do those today. This was our scrimmage. I wish we could have been more competitive, of course, but we're going to get better every day. I know that for a fact. It's still early,” said Tucker.
“We're not going to hang our heads. We're going to get better tomorrow. We play Silverdale at home.”
The Mustangs open District 5-3A baseball today at 4 p.m., against Ooltewah.
“That's what we're going to try to do, just take them one game at a time,” said Shamblin about looking to get the Mustangs' first district win. “We've got two big games the next two days. At least we will be playing at four o'clock. Hopefully, it will be a little warmer and the wind won't be blowing as bad.”
MUSTANGS 10, WILDCATS 0
Polk County;000;00;0 — 0 2 3
Walker Valley;420;13 — 10 7 0
WP: Matthew Pigg. LP: Dakota Clark. HR: Caleb Lawhon; 2B: Lawhon.
Records: Polk County 0-1; Walker Valley 1-0.
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