Warriors win opener, 6-3
Warriors 6 Rockets 3
First baseman Logan Plumley knocked in three RBIs and shortstop Steve Halterman added two more as the Pocahontas County High School Warriors opened their season with a 6-3 win against the Craig County (Va.) Rockets at the Border Bash tournament in Covington Saturday afternoon.
Junior Garrett Clark pitched a complete game, giving up just six hits in seven innings. The lanky, 6-foot 1-inch hurler threw with authority and showed good control throughout the seven frames.
Center fielder Dalton Walker went 3-3, walked, and scored twice.
The Warriors played well defensively, with only one error charged against the first baseman.
PCHS coach Mike DiPasquale praised Clark's effort.
"Garrett only walked two guys," he said. "He pitched a heck of a ballgame. He did great. He kept the ball in the strike zone, he kept it low. As long as he does that, we'll be fine."
Warriors 4 Cougars 8
Due to the victory against Craig County, PCHS advanced to the Border Bash final against Covington (Va.) High School. In the second contest against the Cougars, PCHS had trouble finding the bat rack, notching just four hits over seven frames.
The Warriors took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, which quickly evaporated when the Cougars scratched back with five runs in the bottom of the frame.
Plumley continued his hot hitting, bagging a double, a single and two RBIs. Walker went 2-4, scored a run and kept his average at a respectable .714.
Walker had trouble with the switch from the outfield to the mound, giving up five runs in 1.1 innings. Freshman Brandon Hammons came in as relief and pitched 4.2 innings, giving up three runs.
The Warriors traveled to Covington for a rematch against the Cougars on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the team plays a doubleheader at Philip Barbour. See pocahotastimes.com for the scores and the print edition Thursday for a complete game recap.