Blues Overcome Craig County In Softball And Baseball

By: 
Jonathan Schwab

Thursday, April 4 – Both the Parry McCluer High School softball and baseball teams began Pioneer District action by defeating Craig County convincingly on Thursday in Buena Vista.

In softball, the Fighting Blues (4-2) won 10-2, pulling away from a close game by scoring four runs in the fifth and adding four more in the sixth. In baseball, PM (7-1) scored six runs in the fifth and added two in the sixth to win 18-8, ending the game in six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

The PM softball team’s scoring surge in the fifth started when Jayla Baker tripled on a fly ball to right field, bring home Chloe Persinger and Makenna Smith. Grayson Shields drove in Baker on a single to left field, and Katie Claytor scored on a groundout to extend PM’s lead to 6-1.

In the seventh, Peyton Mohler scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Baker. Claytor, a freshman, then belted a three-run home run over the center field fence, the first homer of her varsity career, driving in Smith and pinch hitter Emma Camden.

Baker had three hits and three RBIs for PM. Claytor and Mohler each had two hits, with Claytor recording three RBIs with her home run.

On the mound for PM, Persinger pitched the first six innings, striking out four and allowing 10 hits, no walks and one earned run. Baker pitched the seventh inning, striking out one and allowing one hit, one walk and one earned run.

In baseball, the Blues were trailing 6-3 before scoring four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 7-6 lead. PM gradually extended its lead to put the game away. Zach Claytor led PM with two hits, had two RBIs and scored three runs. Jacob Bartley and Tye Wheeler each had a hit and two RBIs.

Matt Kiely pitched the first inning for PM, allowing five hits, four walks and six earned runs. Relief pitcher Austin Moore earned the win in five innings of relief, striking out one and permitting four hits, three walks and two runs (one earned).

The PM softball team is scheduled to play at Alleghany on Friday at 5 p.m. The Blues will face James River in both softball and baseball on Monday, with softball at home and baseball at JR.

For the full stories on this week’s action, with photos from the home games, please see our April 10 newspaper.

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