Mustangs rally late to nip Seawhawks

SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
Posted 4/2/16

Things haven’t gone too smoothly for the Walker Valley Mustangs early in the baseball season.

Despite getting off to a rocky start, the Mustangs have seen improvements with each game, which …

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Mustangs rally late to nip Seawhawks

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Things haven’t gone too smoothly for the Walker Valley Mustangs early in the baseball season.

Despite getting off to a rocky start, the Mustangs have seen improvements with each game, which was evident in their 5-4 win over Silverdale Baptist Academy Saturday afternoon at Mike Turner Field.

“It was a good win. We hit it good today and played better defense,” Walker Valley coach Joe Shamblin declared. “We’re still not playing great defense, but we’re hitting it good right now.”

Keeping with a recurring theme from earlier in the week, the Mustang bats stayed hot on the breezy Saturday. The team racked up 13 hits, while Silverdale had only five.

“When you hit it good, you keep yourself in a lot of games and that what’s we did. I’m proud of the boys for fighting hard and battling through a lot of adversity,” the coach added.

The Seahawks scored two runs in the top of the first, but the Mustangs answered with three runs of their own before the inning was closed out.

Lead-off batter Jacob Chambers got things started with a double and then was able to steal third base during Rob David’s at bat. David’s hit to left field brought Chambers in for the team’s first run. With one strike on the board, Grayson Rountree hit the ball into center field and drove David in for the tying run. Ben Clark followed with a double that brought Rountree in from second base.

Walker Valley’s lead was short lived though, as Silverdale scored two more runs in the second inning to go up 4-3. The Mustangs stayed strong on the mound and upped their defensive play to ensure that the Seahawks added no more runs to the board for the remainder of the game.

After being held scoreless in the second and third innings, Walker Valley tied the game up at 4-all in the bottom of the fourth.

The Mustangs found themselves with a bases loaded situation and one out as Brice Gibson stepped up to the plate. Gibson singled and drove Jacob McCall in. Silverdale closed out the inning with the next two batters, leaving three Walker Valley runners stranded on base.

Two more scoreless innings passed for the Mustangs, before the team rallied in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.

Rountree got things started with a single, which was followed by back-to-back hits to left field by Clark and Brady Swafford to load up the bases with no outs. With the perfect set up, Hunter Shamblin walked up to the plate and a couple pitches later, got the hit needed to drive in Rountree and end the game in seven innings.

Walker Valley threw three pitchers against the Seahawks. Rountree got the start and went for two innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs. He struck out four and walked four. Matthew Pigg took to the mound for three innings and struck out six Silverdale batters while giving up one hit. Clark threw for the final two innings, giving up no hits.

The Mustangs get back to District 5-AAA play on Monday as they host McMinn County at 7 p.m.

GAME SUMMARY

Silverdale 220 000 0 — 4 5 3

Walker Valley 300 100 1 — 5 13 2

WP: Ben Clark 2 IP. LP: Michael Hawkins. 2B: Tyler Mossburg, Hayden Spencer (S); Jacob Chambers, Ben Clark (WV). Highlights: Mossburg 1-3, 2 runs; Spencer 2-4; Alex Gonzalez 1-3, RBI; Colin Daniell 2 runs (S); Chambers 2-3, run; Rob Davis 2-3, RBI, run; Brice Gibson 1-4, RBI; Grayson Rountree 2-4, RBI, 2 runs; Clark 3-4, RBI; Hunter Shamblin 1-4, RBI; Brady Swafford 2-2; Jacob McCall run (WV). Records: Silverdale 7-3; Walker Valley 4-8.

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