The Man High School baseball team lost 12-2 at Charleston Catholic on Wednesday night in the Hillbillies’ season opener.
Nelson McKown and Andy Hoyer each went 2-for-4 while Rocco Wilcox scored three runs and had two RBIs for Charleston Catholic (1-1).
Cayce Mullins had a double for the Billies (0-1).
Man led 1-0 after one half inning but got down 2-1 after one full inning and 5-2 after three. The Irish tacked on four runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to end the game early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Man committed five errors in the loss. The Irish had two.
The Billies are scheduled to travel to Liberty Raleigh for a 5:30 p.m. game on Friday, weather permitting.
Man then plays at Fayetteville on Saturday at noon, travels to Westside on March 26 and goes to Buffalo on March 28. The Billies play at Class AAA Lincoln County on March 29 and are set to have their home opener on March 30 against the same Charleston Catholic team.
Man is starting out on the road for the first two weeks of the season due to the MHS home field not being ready for play.
George Washington 6
The Logan High School softball team scored a thrilling come-from-behind, 7-6 win in nine innings over George Washington on Wednesday night at a frigid Logan Softball Complex.
The Lady Cats, now 2-0 on the season, trailed George Washington 6-5 heading into the last half of the ninth inning after the Patriots scored a run.
Logan then pushed two runs across home plate in the bottom of the ninth to get the win on a very cold night on Midelburg Island as temps dipped to the 30s and snow flurries fell across the region.
Rachelle Toppings got the game winning hit for the Lady Cats in the ninth. Summer Collins tied with an RBI single. Toppings was 3-for-6 for the game. Collins went 2-for-5.
Hanna Sedlock was the starting pitcher for the Lady Cats. She was relieved by Aarron Ward in the fourth. Ward only gave up one run and was credited with the win. Both struck out six batters.
Logan trailed GW 5-3 but tied it at 5-5 with a pair of runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
Sam Curry was 2-for-5 at the plate for LHS. Shelby Hale added a triple and Sedlock had a single.
The Lady Cats were scheduled to return home to play South Charleston on Thursday night but the game was cancelled due to 1/4 of an inch of snow falling in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Also, with temperatures only expected to be 35 degrees on Thursday, it was decided that it would be too cold to play.
LHS is slated to return to the diamond on Friday at home against Shady Spring in a 5:30 p.m. contest. With temperatures forecast to be in the 40s on Friday and the snow likely to melt the game is expected to be played.
* The Logan High School baseball team’s game at Cabell Midland on Wednesday night was called off due to poor field conditions at Cabell Midland’s home field.
The game has been rescheduled for April 18 at the Cabell Midland High School baseball field in Ona, Logan coach Roger Gertz said.
The Wildcats have yet to play a game this season and are now slated to have its season opener on Friday at Scott in a 7 p.m. contest, weather permitting. Logan’s home opener is Saturday at 3 p.m. against St. Albans at Logan’s Roger Gertz Field.
Logan then hosts Ripley on March 27 and goes to Hurricane on March 28 before heading to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to take part in a Spring Break tournament.