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Baumgardner leads Spring Valley’s 10-1 baseball rout of Big Reds

March 23, 2019

SPRING VALLEY — Friday evening’s cold temperatures did little to cool off the hot bats of the Spring Valley Timberwolves, who earned their second Mountain State Athletic Conference win in as many games with a 10-1 home rout of the Parkersburg Big Reds.

The hottest bat was that of junior Tyrus Baumgardner, who was perfect at the plate with a single, triple and double in the game. The outfielder wasn’t shy about whether he wanted a Big Reds comeback in the top of the seventh inning that would have kept the game alive for possibly one more trip to the plate.

“Yeah, I did,” said Baumgardner when asked about wanting a Parkersburg rally. “They were just giving me flat fastballs and I jumped on them.”

Baumgardner drove in two runs, one in the second inning when his RBI single scored Seth Damron and broke a scoreless tie. Then he drove in another run in his second at-bat with a one-out triple down the right field line that gave Spring Valley a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Baumgardner, batting second in the sixth inning, completed his 3-for-3 performance with a double to right-center field.

Spring Valley (3-3, 2-1 MSAC) defeated South Charleston 10-0 Wednesday with nine hits and crushed 10 hits against Parkersburg on Friday. While the Timberwolves limited the Black Eagles to one hit, the Big Reds got five - they also managed four walks and were handed three Spring Valley errors, but they couldn’t capitalize to make it a closer contest. Parkersburg stranded 13 runners, leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth innings.

Parkersburg (3-3, 0-3) answered a two-run second inning by Spring Valley with one run on a RBI single by Nolan Brace in the top of the third. In the fourth inning, Spring Valley starting pitcher Wyatt Milum hit Conner Walker after getting back-to-back strikeouts. Big Reds leadoff hitter T.J. McIntosh and No. 2 hitter Max Anderson drew consecutive walks to threaten the Timberwolves’ two-run lead. The next batter, Hayden Morris, hit a tapper in front of home plate that Spring Valley catcher Tanner Akers scooped up and threw to first to retire the side.

In the fifth, with Cody Sharp on the mound for Spring Valley, Parkersburg got its first three hitters aboard including Brace after he hit his second single of the game. Sharp rebounded by striking out the next three hitters to pitch out of his own jam.

Sharp got Parkersburg to go quietly in the sixth while Levi Smith retired the Big Reds’ six, seven and eight hitters in order to close out the game.

“Credit our pitchers, who went right at them,” Spring Valley coach Austin Pratt said. “Give credit too to Tanner (Akers) on catching those breaking pitches. He can catch those and it gives our pitchers a big advantage.”

The Timberwolves have a chance to make noise in the MSAC in the following week with games at Capital on Tuesday and at Cabell Midland on Wednesday before returning home Friday to face Woodrow Wilson.

PARKERSBURG 010 000 0 - 1 5 3

SPRING VALLEY 021 304 x - 10 12 3

Batten, Forshey (4), Eaton (6) and Brace; Milum, Sharp (5), Smith (7) and Akers.

Hitting: (P) Brace 2-3 RBI; (SV) Baumgardner 3-3 2B 3B 2 RBI, Milum 3-3 2 2B RBI.