ON A TEAR
LEDGER – The Mitchell High School Mountaineers baseball team earned three wins this past week to improve to 8-2 (6-1 in Western Highlands Conference) on the season.
The Mountaineers, who have won four straight games, beat visiting Ashe County 8-3 Wednesday, March 27, and earned a pair of 13-3 wins over Mountain Heritage Thursday, March 28, and Friday, March 29.
Mitchell got off to a fast start against Ashe County by jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The team added three more runs in the third inning and one run in the fifth and sixth innings.
Junior Garrison Phillips and senior Cole Gillespie each drove in two runs, and Gillespie pitched 6.2 innings and limited the Huskies to just two hits and three unearned runs.
In their first 13-3 win of the week over Mountain Heritage, the Mountaineers came out swinging on the road, plating 10 runs in the first three innings of action.
Mitchell scored its final three runs in the sixth inning.
Junior Zeus Ponder was 3-for-4 with a team-high four RBIs. Freshman Ethan Willis drove in three runs on two hits while sophomore Jeremy Sparks and Phillips each drove in a pair.
Sparks pitched a complete game against the Cougars, scattering six hits and allowing three unearned runs. He struck out four compared to three walks.
When the Cougars came to Ledger the following day, it was a similar story. The Mountaineers rolled to another 13-3 win behind a strong offensive effort that featured 15 hits for the home team.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Mountaineers responded with six runs through the first two innings to take a lead they did not relinquish.
Mitchell poured in six runs in the fourth inning and added one run in the sixth.
Senior Caleb Pritchard and junior Noah Pitman drove in three runs each. Willis followed his strong performance against the Cougars a day earlier with another multi-hit game that saw him go 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Ponder pitched a complete game and allowed five hits and three runs (one earned). He struck out five, walked one and needed just 100 pitches to go the distance.
Mitchell played Tuesday, April 2, at Madison and returned home Wednesday, April 4, to host Madison.