Tough third-inning too much to overcome for Redstreaks
Wheelersburg sent 13 batters to the plate in the third inning of Saturdayâ€™s D-III Regional Championship in Athens as the Pirates scored seven times to blow things open on their way to a 10-0 win over Piketon in five innings.
Despite the bad inning, Piketon had chances early. Zach Farmer reached with a two-out walk in the first inning, but he was stranded. Wheelersburg scored a run in the bottom of the first to take the early 1-0 advantage, but Piketon looked as if it would waste no time evening things up as Shane Pack led off the third inning with a double. Unfortunately, Piketon was unsuccessful in a sacrifice situation, and then was unable to come up with an RBI hit as the Redstreaks left a guy in scoring position for the second time in three innings. Pack would later produce a single as the Piketon third-baseman accounted for the only two Piketon hits on the day.
Starter Corey Ferguson took the loss, but the Piketon right-hander did not throw as bad as his pitching line would suggest. Even though the scorebook will read six runs the Piketon defense played a major role in Wheelersburgâ€™s big offensive day. Within the first three innings, Piketon made an error to start the big third inning, had two other plays that although were scored hits should have been plays which resulted in outs, and Wheelersburg also bunted for two hits.
Piketonâ€™s Brice Bennett relieved Ferguson in the long third inning. Wheelersburg added two runs in the bottom of the fifth to complete the walk-off 10-run rule victory.
The loss ends the season for Piketon at 16-10. It marks the end of Piketonâ€™s only senior in Jared Vulgamore. Vulgamore will continue his baseball career at the next level as he announced earlier this week he was heading to Rio Grande. Click here to see Jaredâ€™s signing.