Heiner, Weekly pace Knights past Highlanders, 2-0
HUNTINGTON — Chad Heiner and Peyton Weekly battled until they won.
The Cabell Midland High School baseball battery persevered against Huntington High and led the Knights to a 2-0 victory Friday night at Cook-Holbrook Field.
Heiner, a senior right-handed pitcher who signed with Marshall University, needed just 83 pitches to stymie the Highlanders on four hits while striking out nine and walking one. Heiner also made two stellar defensive plays, including starting a game-ending 1-6-3 double play.
Weekly, a senior catcher mulling multiple college offers, drove in both runs with a sixth-inning double to break up a shutout by HHS’ Bryce Carter, who had been equally as dominant as Heiner to that point.
Weekly fouled off three straight pitches with a 3-2 count before ripping a ball down the left-field line to score Griffin Adkins and Easton Petitt.
“We saw his curveball all evening and struggled with it,” Peyton said of Carter. “Those fouls balls were pitches that might have been balls, but they were too close for me to leave them in the umpire’s hands. I just tried to pick up my teammates and got a pitch to hit.”
Heiner didn’t give the Highlanders (9-6) much to hit. Jordan Walker went 2-for-3 for the Highlanders with a pair of singles. He was robbed of a third hit when Heiner made a quick spear of a hard-hit ball and threw Walker out at first. The play marked the second out in a string of six strikeouts and six ground outs Heiner coaxed to end the game.
Grant Beckett singled in the second inning and Diallo Mitchell’s single in the third inning accounted for Huntington High’s other hits.
“My curveball was working pretty well,” Heiner said. “My two-seamer was working and my cutter, also.”
Weekly said Heiner pitched one of his better games and compared him to former Cabell Midland pitcher Madison Jeffrey, now a freshman pitcher at West Virginia University.
“It was easy,” Weekly said of catching Heiner. “I had Madison two years ago and Chad was just like him tonight. It was an easy game to catch. He got a lot of ground ball outs and our defense made plays.”
The Knights (6-6) committed no errors, a stark contrast to the team’s early season troubles with the glove. Heiner said he is impressed with his team’s defense and trusts it behind him.
“Compared to early in the season when we were struggling with fielding, this is so much better,” Heiner said. “We’ve improved so much. Everyone is coming together and making plays.”
Heiner closed Cabell Midland’s 8-4 victory at Spring Valley Thursday night and came back strong on Friday. Knights coach Tracy Brumfield said he was impressed with the ace hurler.
“Thank God Chad showed up,” Brumfield said, noting that Carter was outstanding. “He kept them off balance well. We needed him. Carter kept us off balance with his curveball and threw well, then Peyton got that big hit.”
Carter, a junior right-hander, allowed seven hits, struck out seven and walked three, one intentionally.
Adkins went 3-for-3, with three singles and a sacrifice.
Huntington High returns to action at 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Parkersburg South. Cabell Midland visits George Washington at 7 p.m. Monday.
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Heiner and Weekly; Carter and Gaul.
Hitting: (CM) Adkins 3-3, Weekly 2B 2 RBI; (H) Walker 2-3.