Diamond Bears beat TuscolaPisgah improves to 8-0, Tuscola slumps to 1-8
Impact Baseball’s No. 6-ranked Pisgah varsity baseball team broke open a tight game against rival Tuscola with a five-run fourth inning to cruise to an 11-5 WNC Athletic Conference victory on Thursday at the Tuscola Ballpark.
The Black Bears improved to 8-0 on the season and 3-0 in the WNCAC, while the Mountaineers, which lost their fourth starter to an injury, sunk to 1-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
The Black Bears scored twice in the second and third innings.
Leading 4-3, Pisgah juniors Micah Ledford and Trevor Johnson drove in a pair of runs each to spark the five run rally to give the Black Bears a 9-3 lead.
Senior Holt Underwood started but struggled early for Pisgah in his 1.1 innings on the mound. Bryce Burgess in the bottom of the second and the sophomore right-hander gave up one earned run in 3.2 innings to earn the win. Mason Fox closed out the diamond rivalry and gave up a pair of earned runs in the final two innings.
The trio of Pisgah’s pitchers combined to give up only three hits to Nathan Messer, Ethan Meece and Austin Truitt.
The loss was charged to Tuscola junior right-hander Zach Lennane, who went four innings, gave up seven hits, walked six and seven earned runs.
Leading Pisgah’s 10-hit attack were senior outfielder Nathan Summey (RBI), Burgess (RBI) and Johnson (2 RBI) with two hits each. Fox (RBI), junior first baseman Thomas Tatham (RBI, SF), Ledford (2 RBI) and Underwood had one hits each.
Pisgah will travel to play at North Henderson on April Fool’s Day and the Black Bears will host the Smoky Mountain Mustangs at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4.
Tuscola will be on the road twice this week, traveling to West Henderson on Tuesday and East Henderson on Friday.
In the junior varsity game at the Charles Thomas Wells Complex in Canton, the Mountaineers defeated Pisgah, 7-1.