Mountaineers 3-1 after loss to Polk
LEDGER – Mitchell High School’s varsity baseball team improved its record to 3-1 this past week with a pair of wins over Ashe County and Madison before suffering its first loss of the season at Polk.
The Mountaineers won 8-0 Monday, March 11, at Ashe County. The team was powered by five RBIs from junior catcher Noah Pitman. Seniors Landon Miller and Caleb Pritchard and juniors Garrison Phillips and Zeus Ponder each drove in one run.
Senior Cole Gillespie and sophomore Jeremy Sparks combined to pitch the shutout. Gillespie scattered eight hits through six shutout innings before giving way to Sparks, who worked a perfect seventh inning to close the game.
Mitchell’s offense kept rolling Tuesday, March 12, at home against Madison. After five quiet innings that featured no runs from either team, the Mountaineers exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-0 lead.
Each team scored a run in the sixth inning and Mitchell claimed the 8-1 win.
Pitman and Pritchard led the team with a pair of RBIs. Phillips, Sparks and senior Royce McKinney drove in one run each.
Ponder started against Madison and allowed just five hits and one earned run in six innings. He struck out nine compared to two walks.
Sparks pitched the seventh and despite allowing one hit, he needed just 11 pitches to finish the inning.
Polk jumped out to an early lead Thursday, March 14 and never looked back. The Wolverines struck for four first-inning runs against Sparks, who started for Mitchell.
Pritchard finished with a team-high two RBIs, but the Mountaineers managed just three hits-- one from Pritchard and one each from Gillespie and Ponder.
Mitchell hosted Avery this past Tuesday. Results of that game were not available at press time.
Following the game against the Vikings, Mitchell started a stretch of three-straight road games with stops at McDowell, Owen and Mountain Heritage.