Wolves outlast HHS, win 4-3
SPRING VALLEY — Seth Damron’s 10th inning sacrifice fly scored Sam Holbrook and Spring Valley defeated Huntington High, 4-3, Tuesday to eliminate the Highlanders from the Class AAA Region IV Section 2 playoffs Tuesday.
Spring Valley (18-10) rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the game in the sixth inning and the score stayed tied until the bottom of the 10th. Damron, a senior who didn’t start the game, entered in the sixth inning to pinchhit and returned in the eighth inning to relieve starting pitcher Cody Sharp.
“Coach told me to just sock one out there and just do your job,” Damron said. ”(Spring Valley head coach Austin Pratt) said just hit the ball hard and end it right here.”
Damron hit a 2-1 pitch to center field where the play was made by Huntington High’s Grant Beckett. Beckett launched a throw home that was up the first-base line from home plate, allowing Holbrook to cross safely.
Players streamed from the Timberwolves dugout and mobbed Holbrook, a pinch-runner brought in after designated hitter Bailey McKinney led off the 10th with a double. With both teams facing elimination after each lost its games Monday, Spring Valley kept its season alive and earned a rematch with Cabell Midland at the Timberwolves’ field Wednesday where they lost 15-2 to the Knights on Monday.
The Cabell Midland at Spring Valley elimination game is a 6 p.m. Wednesday start.
It nearly didn’t happen.
After Dylan Bourdelais scored on a bases loaded walk to Tyrus Baumgardner in the second inning to give Spring Valley the first run of the game, the Timberwolves struggled to mount any threat against Huntington High starting pitcher Trey Straub and the tough defense behind him.
Straub pitched 5 1/3 innings, scattered six hits, three earned runs, four walks and six strikeouts. Straub never faced more than four batters in an inning except for the second and sixth when Spring Valley scored.
Bryce Carter took over with one out in the sixth inning and got Huntington High out of that inning with a tie score. Carter went on to hold the Timberwolves to four hits over four innings with four strikeouts. The one earned run he allowed ended Huntington High’s season at 15-17.
Bourdelais and Bryson Hayton led Spring Valley with three hits apiece while Damron drove in two of Spring Valley’s runs.