Nathan Ham email@example.com
April 9, 2014
The Huskies trailed by as many as seven runs against West Wilkes on Tuesday night, but put on a fierce comeback to take a 10-9 win.
Ashe scored one in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixth to complete the comeback and secure the team’s fifth victory of the season.
The Blackhawks scored four runs in the first inning off of Ashe starter Joe Richardson.
Trenton Walsh and Jeremiah Triplett had run-scoring hits before the team scored a run on a fielder’s choice and a Husky error.
Ashe got two of those runs back in the bottom of the first. Joseph Lowder knocked a single to right that brought in Richardson and Alex Laws.
West Wilkes broke through with its big inning in the top of the third. Triplett knocked in another run and then scored on a hit by Zach Staley. Evan Edmiston and Cameron Laws scored on an error and then Alex Greer crossed the plate on yet another fielding miscue to take a 9-2 lead.
Ashe had to begin slowly crawling back into the game. Hunter Barnes scored on a double play in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 9-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ashe rallied for four runs. Bradley Richie smacked an RBI single to to right field that scored Thomas Sexton. Richardson and Michael Elliott both scored after the Blackhawk right fielder made an error on the play.
With one out in the inning, Lowder hit a slow roller to second base that scored Richie after he advanced all the way to third on the previous Blackhawk miscues.
Ashe completed the comeback in the sixth inning. Trailing 9-7, Sexton singled to start things off. Elliott had an infield single that put two on with one out.
Richardson then ripped a two-run triple into right that tied the game at 9-9.
Richie got his second run-scoring hit of the day, a shallow popup to right that landed for a hit. Richardson crossed home plate to give Ashe its first lead of the day.
In the seventh inning, the Blackhawks were able to load the bases, but sophomore pitcher Lowder got out of the dam by getting a lineup from Edmiston to Elliott in left and then a popup in center from Greer that Richardson ran down for the final out of the game.
Sexton had a big game for Ashe, not only with his two hits and two runs scored, but also tossing three and a third scoreless innings out of the bullpen to record his first victory.
Josh Hall took the loss by surrendering three runs on four hits in two innings.
Offensively, Richardson had two hits, two RBIs and three runs from the leadoff position. Richie had two hits and two RBIs and a run scored, Elliott scored twice, Laws scored once and Barnes scored once.
Neither team played all that well defensively. Ashe committed three errors while the Blackhawks had five miscues in the field.
The Huskies are 5-5 overall and 3-4 in conference play.
The squad starts the second half of MVAC action on Friday night with Alleghany coming to town. Earlier in the season, Alleghany dealt the Huskies a 7-1 defeat in the conference opener.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87