The Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs baseball team (2-4, 1-1) picked up their second win on the season and first Southern Hills Athletic Conference win on Wednesday night as they hosted the Eastern Warriors on their home field with a final of 7-0.
Wes Smith, the Mustangs’ starting pitcher, had an outstanding outing on the mound going five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs and struck out seven Warrior batters, all while throwing just 86 pitches. His dominating outing started in the first inning as he set down the first three batters in order to bring his team up to the plate. The Mustangs were held scoreless in the first inning but in the second inning sent eight batter to the plate, three of them scoring to take a 3-0 lead early against their SHAC opponents. The Mustangs sent five batters to the plate in the third inning and had runners at second and third, threatening to score but failed to get any runs across the plate. They struck for two more runs in the fourth inning and another two in the sixth all while Smith on the mound and the Lynchburg defense in the field held the Warriors to no runs the entirety of the game.
Coming in in relief was Bricen Hess came in to throw in the sixth and seventh innings, shutting the door on Eastern. He threw 27 pitches allowing only one hit and striking out three of the seven batters he faced.
“Wes was on in this game tonight,” said Lynchburg-Clay Head Coach Garyn Waits after the game. “I’m proud of what he’s done. He finally earned that W he’s been battling for three or four times in a row. We finally put back-to-back hits together a couple times and we were aggressive on the basepads and I think all of that added up to a nice little opportunity to get the win.”
Leading the Mustangs at the plate was Drew Pitzer with a 3-for-3 effort, a SAC fly and a run scored. Christian Inman and Andrew Reuss both collected two hits in the game and Inman scored a run and Wes Smith helped his cause by going 1-for-2 with a SAC.
The Mustangs will travel to Ripley on Thursday, April 14 with a start time set for 5 p.m.
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