Bulldogs edge East Hardy in first game of DH
Haney’s solid showing leads to 2-1 victory
BAKER — Paden Haney allowed just four hits over six strong innings as Tygarts Valley edged East Hardy, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday night.
Haney fanned four and didn’t issue a walk to outduel the Cougars’ Alex Miller, who gave up two runs on four hits, struck out six and walked two in going the distance.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the third when Shaun Taylor was hit-by-a-pitch and later scored on consecutive East Hardy errors.
Tygarts Valley tacked on another run in the fifth as Garrett Gibson drew a walk and proceeded to steal second and third base. Matthew Pratt then singled him in to make it 2-0.
The Cougars plated their lone run in the sixth when Miller scored on Dawson Price’s groundout.
A diving catch by Gibson on Riley Mongold’s fly ball near the center-field fence ended the inning with the bases empty and prevented any further damage in the frame.
East Hardy threatened in the seventh when Jacob Whetzel led off with a single and was replaced by courtesy runner Brandon Parker.
After Parker moved to second on a wild pitch, J.W. Teets reached on an infield single with Parker advancing to third.
Gibson then replaced Haney on the mound and recorded the first out when shortstop Riley Tackett gunned down Parker at the plate after fielding Peyton Whetzel’s grounder.
Gibson got a strikeout for the second out and a groundout to end the game.
Pratt had a pair of hits, including a double, to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.
Jacob Whetzel collected two safeties for East Hardy.
In the nightcap, the Cougars claimed a 5-4 win in nine innings on Price’s walk-off RBI single.
Price and Gabe Henderson each knocked in two runs in the win.
The Bulldogs had rallied from a 4-0 deficit, tying the game at 4-4 with three runs in the seventh inning.
Noah Armstrong and Seth Currence had two RBIs each in the loss.
Tygarts Valley (6-5) will remain on the road at 6 p.m. Monday at Pendleton County before returning home Tuesday to face Tucker County.