Mustang bats face weekend struggles
by RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
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WALKER VALLEY'S Josh Bean swings at a McMinn Central offering during Saturday's game between the Mustangs and Chargers. BANNER PHOTO, LYNNAE ROBERTS
WALKER VALLEY'S Josh Bean swings at a McMinn Central offering during Saturday's game between the Mustangs and Chargers. BANNER PHOTO, LYNNAE ROBERTS
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After making the most of five hits in a 4-0 Friday win over Boyd-Buchanan, the Walker Valley Mustangs again found the going tough in a 4-1 baseball loss to McMinn Central Saturday.

Tucker Mendenhall singled in the first and sixth innings for Walker Valley notching the only two hits for the Mustangs on the day.

"We didn't get some timely hits. We had a couple of chances but we weren't real aggressive at the plate. We weren't able to hit ahead. We took a few pitches, got down in the count then took some called third strikes at key times," said assistant Mustangs coach Harry Dillon who held the midday game reins for Walker Valley.

Will Waters was saddled with the loss leaving the mound to Brady Swafford with two outs in the top of the first and a 1-0 McMinn Central lead.

Walker Valley squandered a scoring opportunity in the third when a Mustang batted out of order and another was picked off at third for the third out.

"I took us out of an inning. Central had a change going to the mound and our batter went to the plate and hit and I didn't report him," Dillon conceded. "We were down two runs and would have had runners on first and second with nobody out and the lead-off man up. We didn't get the chance to move them over and get them in. That was squarely on me. It was a rookie mistake after 20-something years."

Josh Bean took over the hill to start the fourth inning with the Mustangs trailing 2-0.

The Chargers touched Bean for back-to-back doubles in the fifth to make it a 3-0 game.

The Mustangs finally manufactured a run in the bottom half of the inning after Bradley Smith opened with a walk and later scored on a Brian Oliver sacrifice fly.

McMinn Central tacked on one more run in the sixth. Chargers reliever Hunter Shaw fanned the final three Walker Valley batters to give the Chargers the win.

"Josh did a good job coming in and holding them down," said Dillon. "We've just got to get back up, get ready to go and get prepared for district games at the start of the week."

The Mustangs will be back in District 5-AAA action Monday at East Hamilton.

TIGERS 4, MUSTANGS 1

The Mustangs closed out their weekend trilogy dropping a 4-1 decision to the Meigs County Tigers.

Mendenhall picked up two of the Mustangs’ three hits while Ben Clark took the loss for Walker Valley. Zach Wilcox and Bradley Smith also worked from the mound for the Mustangs.

Ryan Shank walked, stole second and scored on a Mendenhall single for the lone run for the Mustangs in the second inning.

Meigs County put runs on the board in the second and seventh.

FRIDAY

MUSTANGS 4

HURRICANES 0

The Mustangs took advantage of East Hamilton errors and a sacrifice fly by John Simmons in the third inning to go up 3-0 over the Hurricanes.

West drove in run No. 4 with a double to left field in the sixth inning.

SATURDAY

CHARGERS 4, MUSTANGS 1

McMinn Central 110 011 0 — 4 7 0

Walker Valley 000 010 0 — 1 2 2

WP: Tony Gardiola. LP: Will Waters. 2B: Heath Shaw, Jake Croft (MC). Highlights: Shaw 2-3, Croft 2-4.

TIGERS 4, MUSTANGS 1

Meigs County 020 000 2 — 4 6 0

Walker Valley 010 000 0 — 1 3 3

Records: Walker Valley 4-6

FRIDAY

MUSTANGS 4

BUCCANEERS 0

Walker Valley 003 001 0 — 4 5 1

Boyd-Buchanan 000 000 0 — 0 0 0