Mountain Lions earn first victory

Submitted photo During Senior Night activities last week, head coach Josh Evans shares the 2018 Tucker County team photo with the squad's seniors. Pictured from left are Shayne LIller, Jordan Moss, head coach Josh Evans, Michael Gherman, and Wes Snyder.

ELKINS — Tucker County senior Shayne Liller shouldered a lion’s share of the work at Robin Harvey Memorial Field Friday to help the Mountain Lions pick up their first win of the season, besting Pocahontas County, 3-1.

By the time the game ended, Liller posted a most notable stat of tossing 18 strikeouts while pitching a complete game on the mound for the win at Bluegrass Park. He walked 2, giving up 2 hits and a run.

Liller wasn’t content with his command from the hill alone, and belted out insurance from the batter’s box for TCHS by going 2 for 4. Liller cranked out 2 doubles with 2 RBIs, and swiped a pair of bases.

“Shayne just played an all-around great game,” TCHS coach Josh Evans said. “When he started the first inning with striking out the first three batters and his curveball was on point, I just looked at my assistant and said he is going to be on today.

“Defensively he did it all. Striking out 18 batters makes it easy on the rest of the team. He also fielded the other outs of the game as well. Offensively, he got things started as the lead-off hitter, getting a leadoff double to spark our early offense in the first inning,” Evans said.

“He stole third and then scored, and later on in the second his double knocked in the other 2 runs. He hit the ball hard. All around, he had one heck of a game. Striking out 18 batters against a good team is something special,” Evans added.

Trevor McPeak drew the loss in the pitcher’s circle for the Warriors after going 4.2 innings with 3 runs off 5 hits, fanning 4 and walking 2. Briar Wilfong took up relief pitching duties for PCHS later in the game.

Wilfong and Jarrett Taylor both recorded hit singles for Pocahontas County, while Jack Gardner garnered an RBI for the maroon and gold on the road.

Notching singles for Tucker were Christian Purnell, Michael Gherman and Tyler Malone. Malone and Gherman both inked a stolen base for TCHS.

Tucker will have a day off before hitting the road to land at the Hive in Moorefield Tuesday, where they will take on the Moorefield High School Yellow Jackets.

Pocahontas is slated to host Richwood today in Dunmoore as the final week of regular season play in West Virginia prep baseball gets underway.