Warrior baseball splits with Tucker to finish week
The hard-hitting PCHS Warriors clobbered Tucker County 10-1 in the first game of an afternoon twin-bill last Friday afternoon to improve their record to 6-15. Senior Reid Harper pitched seven complete innings, got two base hits and scored two runs to lead the Warriors past the Wildcats. Junior first baseman Logan Plumley went 2-4 with 4 RBIs and sophomore Dillon Hovorka went 3-4, driving in two runs.
The Wildcats returned the favor in game two, defeating the Warriors by an equal margin of 10-1. Earlier in the week, the Warriors lost two away games at Bath County, 12-2, and a close one at Richwood, 7-3.
The Warriors are showing improvement as they head into their sectional tournament. Eight Warriors with more than 30 at bats are hitting over .300. Harper, Hovorka, senior utility Dan Richardson, sophomore infielder Steve Halterman and senior catcher Gus Willis are all hitting over .400.
Fielding has improved in the second half of the season with a focus on fundamentals.
Pitching remains a sore spot for the Warriors but is improving with recent strong performances from Harper and sophomore Garrett Clark. Harper leads the team with a 4.15 ERA; Halterman is second with a 6.15 ERA and Clark, with an ERA of 6.94, is the only other Warrior pitcher with an ERA below 10.
Senior Warriors will be honored on Senior Night at the home game on Friday, May 7, against the Brooke Bruins. Senior recognition will commence at 4:30; first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. Little Leaguers will be admitted free if they are wearing their jerseys.
The Warriors play their last regular season game at home against Brooke on Saturday, May 8 at 5 p.m.
Warrior baseball begins their sectional tournament on May 10 at Richwood. Game Two will be played May 11 at PCHS and Game Three, May 12 at Richwood. Game time for all three sectional games is 5 p.m. The first team to win two games will advance to the regional semi-final on May 24.