LUCASVILLE — The Valley Indians captured a pair of baseball weekend wins to open April — winning over visiting Northwest 9-2 on Friday before traveling to and defeating host Piketon 5-1 on Saturday.
The weekend sweep pushed the Indians over the .500 mark to 3-2 —as they are now 2-1 in the Southern Ohio Conference Division II with the triumph over Northwest.
The league loss left the Mohawks at 1-4, and o-2 in the SOC II.
Against Northwest, Valley sophomore pitcher George Arnett allowed just two unearned runs over the course of his complete-game five-hit gem —single Mohawk markers in the third and sixth innings.
He gave up five hits and one walk towards the win, and struck out six in throwing 105 total pitches — 71 of which were strikes.
Meanwhile, the Indians amassed two opening-inning runs, followed by three more in the fifth for a 5-1 advantage —which was then followed by four final runs in the sixth.
Valley outhit Northwest 7-5, and overcame seven errors itself as the Mohawks made six.
Dakota Secrest, the first of two Northwest pitchers and who was charged with the loss in working the first five innings, gave up only four hits and one walk with nine strikeouts —but only two of his five runs allowed were earned.
The Mohawks also left 10 men on base.
Of the Indians’ seven hits, Breckon Williams and Blake Wood led the way with two apiece —as Chase Morrow, Carter Nickel and Hunter Edwards each added one.
Nickel, Wood and Andrew Andronis each scored two runs —as Morrow, Williams and Austin McIntosh tallied the others.
Nickel notched two runs batted in as five other Indians —Andronis, Williams, Edwards, Morrow and Landon Jones —joined the parade with one.
Kaleb Seals smacked two hits including a double to lead Northwest — as Secrest, Logan Shepherd and Orville Tackett tacked on one apiece.
Seals and Eli Detwiller, who drew the lone Arnett walk, scored for the Mohawks.
Valley 5, Piketon 1
PIKETON — The Indians broke a 1-1 tie at non-league Piketon on Saturday with one fifth-frame marker and three sixth-stanza points, as Valley won 5-1 on the strength of 11 hits and six solid pitching innings by Carter Nickel.
And, the Indians only committed one error against the Redstreaks, whereas they made seven against Northwest the day before.
Valley scored once in the first before Piketon pulled even in the second, then the Indians made it 5-1 with the final four runs.
Nickel pitched the opening six innings and didn’t allow an earned run, scattering four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.
He threw 99 pitches with 61 strikes, as Devin Wiley relieved him in the seventh —and gave up the only other Redstreak hit.
Andrew Andronis amassed three of the Indians’ 11 hits including a double, as Chase Morrow mustered two — while Breckon Williams, Hunter Edwards, George Arnett, Colt Buckle, Blake Wood and Christopher Queen collected one apiece.
Edwards and Queen conked doubles, as Edwards and Buckle both drove two runs in.
Queen’s double brought one run home, as Andronis led the Indians with two runs scored.
Morrow, Queen and Wood were the other Indian markers.
Jerrod Tackett took the pitching loss for the Redstreaks, allowing all 11 Indian hits and five earned runs over the initial six innings.
He didn’t walk any batters, and struck out two.
Of Piketon’s five hits, Logan Maynard and Easton Lansing landed two apiece, as Lansing scored the sole Redstreak run.