’Jackets claim sixth win in a row

FRANKLIN — Thomas Davis and Tyler Day both crushed home runs for Pendleton County Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to push the Wildcats past Moorefield.

The Yellow Jackets collected their sixth straight victory with the 8-6 win.

“It’s always an exciting game when Moorefield and Pendleton play,” PCHS coach Sam Yokum said. “There is always a lot of emotion. It’s great to see kids respond in pressure situations. Both teams played hard. It was a back-and-forth chess match. Both teams tried to pull strings and do the right things at the right times.

“Moorefield, to their credit, when they were down 6-5 in the sixth inning, they did what they needed to do to take the lead. We just couldn’t get anything going after that. It was a good ball game, good hitting and good fielding. It was the kind of Pendleton-Moorefield game you would expect.”

Sloan Williams earned the victory for Moorefield. He worked 3 innings in relief of Garett Haggerty, giving up 1 hit and striking out 4 batters. At the plate, Williams went 2 for 5.

Trey Cooper took the loss for PCHS. He entered the game in the sixth inning with a 6-5 lead only to see it slip away. He pitched 2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 1 batter and walking another. Timmy Thorne started the game for the Wildcats before giving way to Jacob Green in the third inning.

For the Wildcats, Davis finished the day 1 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBIs, while Day went 1 for 3 with a solo home run. Thorne also had a good day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Seth Hoyt set the pace for the Yellow Jackets. He went 1 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBIs. Blake Watts finished the game 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs.

Pendleton County (4-4, 2-1 PVC) returns to action on Friday to face Grafton in the McDonalds Classic at Bridgeport.

Moorefield (6-5) is set to travel to Tygarts Valley today for a doubleheader. Game times are set for 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.