WHEELERSBURG — The Wheelersburg Pirates made the most of a late location change in their SOC II home contest versus Waverly on Monday.
The game between the Pirates and Tigers was originally scheduled to be played at Waverly, but the field conditions in Pike County weren’t playable with the weekend rain taking it’s toll on their field.
In the 11-6 win, Wheelersburg (9-2, 5-1 SOC II) scored its’ season-high run total and helped position itself back in a tie with Minford for the top-spot in the SOC II race as both programs have one loss in league play.
“Big conference win for our guys today against a great ball club,” Wheelersburg coach Derek Moore said, after the game. “We battled from start to finish and a ton of guys stepped up, either with big hits, big pitches, or big plays in the field. Proud of how we never settled and continued to battle until the final out.”
The Pirates are now winners of three-straight after a pair of victories over Chillicothe on Saturday and are posting 8.3 runs per game during this current streak.
‘Burg senior DJ Horton capped the Pirates’ offensive output in the bottom of the sixth when he connected on a three-run home run, scoring Mason Montgomery and Chase Conley who reached via single and hit-by-pitch, respectively.
Wheelersburg took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when junior Cooper McKenzie singled in senior Case Dyer who reached via single and advanced after a passed ball.
Waverly and Wheelersburg both scored four runs in the second inning, the Pirates doing so in the home half to take a 5-4 lead and never look back.
The Pirates scored each of their four runs in the second with two outs, an RBI single by Dyer and a two RBI double by McKenzie highlighting their scoring.
‘Burg senior Ethan Ison got the win on the mound, allowing seven hits, one walk, and striking out four Tiger batters in the victory.
Waverly: 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 — 6 7 1
Wheelersburg: 1 4 2 0 0 4 X — 11 10 0
W: Ison (Wheelersburg), L: Eblin (Waverly)
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