MASON, W.Va. — With pitching like that, offense is just a luxury.
The Wahama baseball team allowed Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Miller to have just three baserunners Thursday night, as the White Falcons claimed a 10-0 victory in five innings, at J.C. Cook Field.
The White Falcons (2-1, 2-0 TVC Hocking) scored the game’s opening run in the bottom of the first inning, when Ricky Kearns came home on a Philip Hoffman ground-out.
The Red and White added another run in the bottom of the second inning, when Colton Arrington — who reached safely on a Miller (1-2, 1-2) error to start the frame — scored on a passed ball.
After a scoreless third inning, Wahama broke the game open in the fourth fame, scoring four runs on four hits and one walk.
With one out in the bottom half of the fifth inning, Tyler Grimm singled home Colton Arrington and Jared Oliver, making the score 8-0 in favor of the hosts. Grimm then scored on a Dalton Kearns single with two outs in the frame. Ricky Kearns hit a single in the game’s next at-bat, plating Dalton Kearns and securing the 10-0 mercy rule win.
WHS senior Mason Hick struck out seven and earned the pitching victory, after allowing just one hit and one walk in a complete game effort.
Cole Geil suffered the setback for the visiting Falcons, striking out two, while giving up 10 runs, nine earned, on eight hits and four walks in 4.2 innings.
Ricky Kearns and Dalton Kearns both went 2-for-3 with two singles to lead the WHS offense, with Ricky recording two RBI and one run scored, and Dalton marking two runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base.
Oliver posted one single, two runs scored and two stolen bases, Grimm chipped in with a single, a run scored and two RBI, while Hicks and Ryan Thomas both marked one single, one run scored and one stolen base. Arrington scored twice, drove in one run and stole three bases, while Hoffman added an RBI for the hosts.
Tylor Newman recorded the lone hit for MHS in the setback.
For the game, both teams finished with one error. Wahama left four runners on base in the win, while the guests had two runners stranded.
Wahama will look to sweep the Purple and White on April 18, in Hemlock. The White Falcons continue league play on Monday when Waterford visits Mason.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.