Warriors lose on the road to Wildcats, 3-0 in season opener
Pocahontas County lost to Pendleton County on the road last week, 3-0, in the Warrior's season opener.
The Warriors played admirably but were just unable to produce any runs. Despite the loss, loyal PCHS fans that came out to Franklin, still enjoyed a beautiful spring afternoon at the field.
During the third inning, Wildcat Luke Yokum produced the first hit for Pendleton County after six consecutive strike outs by Warrior Garret Clark. Yokum ended up crossing the plate, on an error, for the first Wildcat run.
This season is Warrior coach Jim McCoy's first year as coach, but even with the loss, he was pleased with the boys' performance.
"I think we played really well," said McCoy. "We did have three errors that ended up costing three runs. I think that's probably the first time in the school's history though that they hadn't ten-run-ruled us. They're a pretty good team, but we played well against them. They beat us up there last year I think 12-1. I liked the way we played together, we just need to start hitting the ball better, but defense-wise I think we're okay."
Practices got off to a rocky start earlier this year, but according to McCoy, things are coming together.
"It's much better now," he said. "Basketball kind of interfered with baseball. We didn't have everyone there all at once, but we finally got six or seven practices with everyone there, so it's been a lot better."
Clark pitched a two-hitter, with 15 strike outs. Clark walked only three batters the entire game.
Senior Steve Halterman had two hits, a single and a double.
The Warriors were scheduled to play the Patriots at Midland Trail Monday, but the game was canceled due to rain and standing water on the field. The Warriors are scheduled for a double-header against the Vikings at Petersburg Thursday at 4 p.m.