PBHS Colts best RCB, 9-3

PHILIPPI — Philip Barbour avenged an earlier season 4-3 loss to Robert C. Byrd on Saturday with a 9-3 decision over the Flying Eagles in Big 10 Conference matters at the Colts’ Corral.

Nick Hamrick got the complete game win after scattering 10 hits, 3 runs, 2 strikeouts, and a walk after seven innings of work on the hill for PBHS.

Tanner Corder connected with a lead off single in the bottom of the first inning to get things started in what was a 3-run inning for the hosts, before Trent Tallman followed with an RBI single deep enough to bring Corder in from first base.

Will Knight slapped a high pitch safely to the outfield to move Tallman to third, and give the Colts runners on the corners. Philip Barbour senior Chase Collier then hit a 2-run double to give PB a 3-0 lead. Keeping the pressure on, PB loaded the bags before RCB got out of the jam.

The visitors from Clarksburg answered with a trio of scores in the top of the second to knot things up. Norman Junkins produced a 2-run double for the Eagles, and eventually scored via a PB fielding error.

Hamrick helped his cause in the second frame with a lead-off single before stealing second and third. Philip Barbour skipper Johnathon Carpenter, a PB and ABU product, brought David Freeman in to run for Hamrick the rest of the way. Corder put the ball in play for an RBI grounder to put the Colts up for good with a 4-3 lead.

After a scoreless third, Knight garnered an RBI single to score Corder in the fourth.

The Colts put the game away in the sixth after denting the scoreboard with 4 insurance runs.

Hamrick hit another lead-off single in PB’s final offensive possession before Corder belted an RBI double to bring Hamrick home safely. Tallman singled to move Corder to the hot corner, and Knight hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Corder to step on the dish for a 7-3 advantage.

Collier drew a walk, and Alex Wilson cracked a 2-RBI single to bring Knight and Collier back to the dugout with runs scored to close out the game.

Philip Barbour, now 10-3, is slated to host double-A sectional rival Petersburg (4-10) at 5 p.m. today. The Lady Colts will also be hosting the Vikings at 5 p.m. on the softball diamond.