Portsmouth, Clay, West collect huge wins

By Kevin Colley - kcolley@civitasmedia.com



Portsmouth 8, Gallia Academy 1

Behind an excellent pitching performance from Ryan Williams and a five-run third inning, the Portsmouth Trojans were able to take home a huge victory in OVC play by taking home an 8-1 victory over the Gallia Academy Blue Devils on Friday evening in Gallipolis.

Williams, who threw a complete game one-hitter and struck out four in obtaining the victory on the hill, also led Portsmouth at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI, and a run scored from the three-hole. The only run that the senior allowed on the hill came on an infield error.

Leadoff hitter Blake Wedebrook, five-hole hitter Mikey Potts, and six-hole hitter Vincent Schwamberger each collected two hits apiece, with Potts going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Schwamberger went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored, and Wedebrook went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored to join Williams in heading the Portsmouth attack. Reese Johnson, Jack Workman, and Zach Kinney each added a hit and a run scored for the Trojans to round out the PHS efforts.

Portsmouth will host Ironton on Monday for what will be its final OVC contest of the regular season.

Valley 3, West 1

The Valley Indians scored another huge victory over the West Senators on Friday evening and swept the season series against West by taking home a 3-1 bout in a SOC II affair that was played in West Portsmouth on Friday evening.

Heath Greathouse and Kayden Mollette proved to be catalysts at the bottom of the order as the pair each collected a pair of hits to head the Valley attack, while Cayton Ruby collected a RBI for the Indians.

On the mound, Jared Morrow proved to be stellar as the pitching hand threw a complete game five-hitter en route to the win. Morrow threw 16 first-pitch strikes in the victory.

For West, Cade Powell and Cade McNeil combined to throw seven effective innings, with Powell going five innings and striking out four, and McNeil striking out one in two innings of work. Together, the pair held Valley to seven hits and combined to match Morrow’s total with 16 first-pitch strikes.

Todd Williams collected two hits and a RBI at the dish to lead West’s efforts at the plate.

Valley will travel to Notre Dame on Monday evening, while West will host Bainbridge Paint Valley on Tuesday.

Clay 12, Mowrystown Whiteoak 6

The Clay Panthers continued to use their strong efforts at the plate in collecting a nice nonconference victory on Friday evening as Clay defeated Mowrystown Whiteoak, 12-6, in a contest held at VA Stadium in Chillicothe.

Once again, the Panthers’ bats proved to be red-hot as Clay hit the 10-run mark for the seventh time in eight games behind the bats at the top of the lineup, as the confines of the VA Stadium treated Drew Hadsell, Brody Riffe, Cole Gilliland, McGwire Garrison, and Grant Hempill in an excellent manner.combined to go 8-for-15 from the plate on Friday. Hadsell and Riffe each went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Gilliland went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Garrison and Hempill each went 2-for-4, with

Overall, the quintet combined to go 8-for-15 from the plate on Friday. Hadsell and Riffe each went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Gilliland went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Garrison and Hempill each went 2-for-4, with Hempill scoring a run. Riffe and Gilliland combined for seven RBI on their own, while the duo, along with Hadsell, combined to draw three walks on the evening. Garrison added a RBI to cap off an excellent effort from the top of the lineup.

“It was a good win versus a well-coached, quality baseball team in Whiteoak,” Clay head coach Marc Cottle said. “I was really proud of our hitters (on Friday). Our one-through-five guys each had two hits, while Cole and Brody collected seven RBI between them.”

Clay was also led by a nice effort on the hill from Keith Cottle, who threw six innings of effective baseball on Friday evening. Cottle gave up nine hits and allowed three runs over the first pair of frames, but battled back by only allowing two additional runs to cross over the following four innings. Cottle struck out eight, walked only one en route to the victory on the hill, and drew two walks while scoring a run at the dish. Gilliland pitched the final frame en route to closing out the contest.

“I’m proud of Keith,” Cottle said. “After struggling the first two innings, he settled down and gave us six quality innings. Hopefully, this gives us confidence heading into our final two conference games against Symmes Valley on Monday and Tuesday.”

At the back of the order, Bradley McCleese went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk, while Dakota Dodds added a hit and a RBI. Whitley added a RBI, a walk, and a run scored to round out the Clay efforts.

Clay will host Symmes Valley on Monday and take to the road to play the Vikings on Tuesday.

By Kevin Colley