Walker Valley freshmen win offensive battle
by Special to the Banner
Mar 18, 2013 | 452 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Scoreboard operators were busy at Ooltewah Friday as the freshmen Walker Valley Mustangs and East Hamilton combined for 24 runs. The Mustangs eventually won the offensive battle 13-11 in seven innings. The teams combined for 26 hits, including seven extra base hits.

Walker Valley held off East Hamilton after the Hurricanes were unable to overcome a seven run, fifth inning deficit.

Ben Clark recorded the win for the Mustangs although allowing six runs over 3 2/3 innings. Clark struck out none, walked one and gave up seven hits.

The Mustangs' Rob David, Tanner Bryant and Clark combined for six hits and eight RBIs. Clark’s appearance included a three-run homer to center field.

Walker stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring three runs on a two-run double by Jacob Buckner.

East Hamilton tallied one run in the first, third and seventh innings. After pushing across four runs in the bottom of the fourth the Hurricanes faced a 7-6 deficit. An RBI triple, an RBI double, another run-scoring triple and an error sparked East Hamilton's rally. Matthew Fulbright ended the inning in relief of starting pitcher Ben Clark.

The Mustangs built on their lead with six runs in the fifth. A passed ball scored Andy Towne to start the scoring in the inning. The run was followed up by Tanner Bryant's double bringing home Bryson Bradley and Avery Jones. Jacob Buckner pitched the last 1 1/3 innings to record the save for the Mustangs.