King rules over FalconsSenior hurls 3-hit complete-game gem, Black Bears at Tuscola today
CANTON — Behind a masterful pitching performance from Pisgah senior Dakota King, the Pisgah varsity baseball team shutout West Henderson, 5-0, to end its 4-game skid Tuesday afternoon at the Charles Thomas Wells Complex.
The Black Bears also picked up their first WNC Athletic Conference win (1-2) and improved to 2-7 on the season. The Falcons dropped 8-3 and 2-1 in the WNCAC.
King hurled his second consecutive complete-game as he scattered three singles, struck out four and walked only two Falcons to earn his second win of the season. West Henderson’s Cameron Crisp was tagged with the loss despite surrendering just five hits and three earned runs in 3.1 innings.
Senior Drew Parker’s single and junior Cory Valentine’s third-inning double jump started the Black Bears and three batters later, senior Dalton James ripped a one-out, two-RBI single to give Pisgah a 2-0 lead.
That was all the support King needed as he faced six batters over the minimum through seven innings pitched. The Black Bears scored two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
“The kids have been working hard and they’re starting to come into their own,” said Pisgah Manager Harold Shepard.
Pisgah will try to win its second consecutive WNCAC game when it travels across the county to face arch-rival Tuscola today. The game starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Tuscola Baseball Complex.