By John Goolsby, For the Tribune
ADAMSVILLE-Shades Valley improved their record to 4-3 with an 18-8 victory over the Minor Tigers.
The Mounties got on the board first with a sacrifice fly by Jacob Mahand that scored J’Caius Moore.
The Tigers, facing Moore on the mound, scored two runs and held a 2-1 lead after the first inning.
In the second inning, Moore tied the game at 2-2 with an RBI that scored Ty Tippett.
The Mounties put together a big third inning and scored six runs. Avery Prichard, Eddie Lopez, Eli Nelson, Izzy Davis, Tippett, Mahand, and Moore scored runs for Valley.
The Tigers answered back with three runs to keep the game close at 8-5 as the two teams headed to the fourth inning.
Over the next two innings, Valley added a run, and Minor scored three times to pull within one run, 9-8, as the fifth inning ended.
Mountie head coach Darryl Dunbar knew he had to get his team’s bats going. “Top of the 6th, I told them that we’re a hard team to beat when we hit the ball,” Dunbar said.
Dunbar’s analysis was accurate. The Mountie offense exploded for nine runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. Prichard scored two runs, Steve Brown, Mahand, Davis, Moore, Lopez, Tippett and Nelson each added a run.
Moore got the victory for the visiting Mounties. The junior gave up six runs on eight hits. Stephen Manley and Nelson saw action on the mound in relief of Moore.
The Mounties had eight hits in the game. Moore, Prichard, and Manley had multiple hits for Valley. Moore led the Mounties at the plate, going three for four on the afternoon.
The Mounties return to action this Friday night at home against Midfield and host a double-header against Center Point and Lanier Saturday.