MASON, W.Va. — Taking friendly confines to a whole new level.
The Wahama baseball team remained unbeaten at home while picking up its eighth straight victory Monday night during a 17-0 decision over visiting Federal Hocking in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup at J.C. Cook Field in Mason County.
The White Falcons (8-1, 7-0 TVC Hocking) scored at least four runs in each of their four innings at the plate while limiting the Lancers (0-10, 0-8) to just one hit and five total baserunners in the mercy-rule decision.
The hosts also claimed a season sweep of FHHS after posting an 18-0 no-hit victory in Stewart back on March 26.
WHS — which has outscored opponents by a 40-4 overall margin in four contests at Cook Field — sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the first, which resulted in five runs on three hits, two errors and a walk for an early five-run advantage.
The Red and White followed with four runs apiece in the second, third and fourth frames, giving the hosts a commanding 17-0 cushion headed into the top of the fifth.
Federal Hocking — which produced its lone hit in the top of the fourth — received a walk and an error in the fifth, but ultimately never got beyond second base as the final out was recorded.
Wahama outhit the guests by a 12-1 overall margin and committed two of the nine errors in the contest. WHS stranded seven runners on base, while the Lancers left four on the bags.
Mason Hicks was the winning pitcher of record after allowing a walk and fanning five through three innings of work. Tyler Grimm surrendered a hit and a walk in two innings of relief while fanning three.
Devon Maxey took the loss after allowing nine runs, four hits and three walks over two innings while striking out one. Dillon Wilfong also allowed eight runs, eight hits and two walks over two frames of relief while fanning three.
Philip Hoffman paced the hosts with three hits, followed by Jared Nutter and Mason Hicks with two safeties apiece. Grimm, Nyles Riggs, Antonio Serevicz, Cass Kimes and Jonathan Frye also had a hit each in the triumph.
Hoffman led the White Falcons with three runs scored, while Wyatt Edwards, David Hendrick and Colton Arrington each scored twice. Nutter, Hoffman, Serevicz, Kimes, Arrington, Frye and Jared Oliver also drove in a run apiece.
Randall Torrence had the lone hit for Federal Hocking.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.
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