WISE — The Central Warriors scored 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday night against district rival the Ridgeview Wolfpack and coasted to 12-0 victory. The game ended after five under the 10-run rule.
“We hit the ball well tonight,” Central coach J.W. Salyers stated. “In our pre-game meeting we asked them to come out focused and sharp and to play with a purpose and jump on them early.”
Bryson (Collins) set the tone in the first,” Salyers added. “This allowed us to get off to a quick start. It’s rewarding for a coach to be able to play all of his players in a game. Some of these players do not get to play much and they work hard.”
Both teams used three pitchers in the game. Ridgeview starter, McKenzie Sproles, allowed six runs on four hits in the first inning, five of which were earned. Jesse Deel relieved Sproles in the first and pitched through the second inning allowing six runs on seven hits. Tyler O’Quinn pitched the third and fourth innings and allowed only one hit and no runs. Sproles was credited with the loss.
Central’s Collins pitched three innings, scattering two hits with eight strikeouts. Jordan Bishop pitched the fourth inning allowing one hit with one strikeout. Ben Brickey pitched the fifth inning and did not allow a hit while striking out three.
Ridgeview had three hits in the game from Gabe Counts, Sproles and O’Quinn.
“They hit the ball well tonight in the first inning,” Ridgeview head coach Brad Counts said. “I thought we played well after the first inning. We made only one error in the game and we did not walk a lot of batters tonight. They got the hits and made us pay, but they only scored one run after the first inning.”
Landon Elkins, Ethan Mullins and Logan Sartin each had two hits. Sartin and Mullins each had one RBI. Collins, Evan Stanley, E.J. McDaniel, Brickey, Bishop and Cam Foster each had one hit. Stanley had two RBI’s, Brickey knocked in three runs while Daniel Lawson, was credited with one RBI.