Whatever was working for Walker Valley in the past few games apparently didn’t choose to show up for Thursday evening’s game against Chattanooga Central.
The Mustangs gave up seven runs to the Pounders in the first three innings and were never able to get a run of their own, losing 7-0.
Junior Ryan Mahaffey had a rough go of it from the pitcher’s mound, with Central getting three runs in the first.
John Simmons took over pitching in the second and fared no better than Mahaffey.
In the second inning, the Pounders got one run and added three more in the third.
Walker Valley found itself with a bases-loaded situation with only one out in the bottom of the third and the bottom of the fourth, but were unable to capitalize and finished the inning without a run.
Central was seemingly able to find any potential weak spots exhibited in the Mustang defense and capitalized numerous times.
The plays Walker Valley needed to make in the outfield never came together, which came at a high price for the home team.
“That was definitely not what we wanted to see today. We struggled early with our pitching and defense. It felt like we played with little energy today,” Mustangs’ head coach Joe Shamblin said.
Perhaps Thursday’s lackluster performance by the Navy-and-Gold can be attributed to three back-to-back games in less than favorable temperatures, but no matter the reason Shamblin wants to see much improvement for the Mustangs’ game at Central tonight.
“Hopefully we’ll get some energy and come out and have a better performance. I hate that people had to pay to see that mess,” Shamblin commented. “Defense, pitching, hitting — everything needs to be better.”
Chase Prince, who took over pitching in the fourth proved to be the diamond in the rough for the struggling Mustangs.
In the four innings Prince pitched he had seven strikeouts, one walk and only three hits. Also, 40 of his 58 pitches were strikes.
“Chase came in and did a good job on the mound for us. He pitched the last four innings and did great with no runs, but the damage had already been done by that time,” Shamblin said of the senior pitcher.
Even though Prince was able to hold off the heavy-hitting Pounders, Walker Valley’s bats were never able to capitalize and gain traction in the remaining innings.
The Mustangs will travel to Central with hopes of getting the win this time around.
“Elijah Haynie will probably throw. He’s a sophomore and he’s got some good stuff. If he can learn to control it he will be a good one for us,” Shamblin explained.
Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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