• Mitchell junior Noah Pitman prepares for a play at the plate Thursday, March 7, during a 7-5 win over Mountain Heritage in Ledger. (Photo by Cory Spiers/News-Journal)
    Mitchell junior Noah Pitman prepares for a play at the plate Thursday, March 7, during a 7-5 win over Mountain Heritage in Ledger. (Photo by Cory Spiers/News-Journal)

Mountaineers come back from 5-0 deficit to beat rival Mountain Heritage

LEDGER – Mitchell High School’s varsity baseball team started its season with a win Thursday, March 7, by downing visiting Mountain Heritage 7-5 in Ledger.  

The Mountaineers (1-0) fell behind 5-0 after two innings but rallied with two runs in the bottom of the second, a run in the third and then used a four-run fifth inning to take a late 7-5 lead. 

Seniors Braeden Keller, Cole Gillespie and Caleb Pritchard each batted in a pair of runs. Junior Garrison Phillips went 2-for-3 and scored a run, and junior catcher Noah Pitman earned a pair of walks and scored two runs.

The Mountaineers stole seven bases on eight attempts and was led by sophomore Jeremy Sparks, who swiped two bases in as many attempts. 

Pritchard served as the starting pitcher and settled into a groove after allowing five early runs, three of which were earned. 

Pritchard tossed 6.2 innings and allowed just four hits while striking out six compared to three walks. 

After throwing 108 pitches, Pritchard gave way to Sparks in the top of the seventh. Sparks needed just two pitches to retire the final batter and earn the save. 

The Mountaineers were at Ashe County this past Monday and hosted Madison this past Tuesday. Results of those games were not available at press time.

The baseball team is at Polk Friday, March 15, and host Avery Tuesday, March 19. 

The MItchell News

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