Mountaineers win 3rd-straight game
LEDGER – Mitchell High School’s baseball team pushed its win streak to three games this past Friday after edging Madison 14-8 in eight innings on the road.
The Mountaineers (5-3) and Patriots entered extra innings tied 8-8 before Mitchell exploded for six runs in the top of the eighth.
Mitchell’s Cole Gillespie was 4-for-5 with a team-high five RBIs. Trystan Jenkins collected three hits and drove in four runs.
The Mountaineers racked up 19 hits and five different players collected two or more hits.
In his first full year as head baseball coach at Mitchell, Trent Keller said his team has stepped up to replace the void in offensive production left when Justin Greene and Luke Tipton graduated in 2017.
“We haven’t missed a stride,” he said. “We are hitting the ball and the team is working hard. Our goal is to hit .350 as a team.”
Keller said some of the team’s younger players are making a difference.
Freshman outfielder Jeremy Sparks is batting leadoff for the Mountaineers. In the win over Madison, he went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs.
This year’s team is “loaded with talent,” Keller said.
Sparks pitched 3.2 innings against the Patriots in relief of Jenkins, who started the game.
Sparks allowed just three hits and two earned runs while striking out six. Jenkins went 4.1 innings, scattering six hits and striking out six.
Caleb Pritchard, a junior transfer from Avery County, has also been a heavily-used arm for Keller early this season.
“We have more pitching than we’ve ever had,” Keller said. “Pritchard has been a blessing. Our seniors are playing great. I look forward to what this team is going to do this year and in the years to come.”
Prior to its win over Madison, Mitchell edged Hampton 9-8 on the road and blanked visiting Madison 7-0.
Mitchell (5-3) is at Patton next Wednesday before a doubleheader at Avery the next day.