by Jamie Harris
Last Thursday, April 20 the Berkeley Springs Indians baseball team traveled across the Potomac River to play in the baseball version of the “Battle of the Bridge” against the Hancock Panthers. The home team came out strong taking a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
Berkeley Springs then put together two, three run innings in the second and third and then tacked on another four runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a comfortable 10-1 lead. Hancock then rallied back scoring four of their own in the bottom of the fourth to cut the score to 10-5. Berkeley Springs would then put the game away in the fifth and sixth inning with five more runs to take the 15-5 run rule win over the pesky Panthers.
Berkeley Springs rapped out 17 hits that was provided throughout the lineup. Leading the way were Jaxon McClintock (RBI), Chance Swink (2-1B’s, 2B and 3 Runs), Reagan Johnson (2- 1B’ s, 2 Runs and RBI), Devon Faith (1B, 2B, Run and 2 RBI’ s), Garret Stotler (2-1B’ s and 2 Runs), Ben Akers (RBI), Seth Mills (2 Runs), Caleb Stotler (2-1B’s, 2B, 3 Runs and 2 RBI’ s), Cole Oursler (3B, Run and RBI), Kyle Rankin (1B, 2B, 3B, Run and 3 RBI’ s) and Chase Stotler (1B and RBI).
On the mound the Indians threw Chance Swink (two innings), Riley Albanese (one inning), Garrett Stotler (three innings and six strikeouts) in the win.
On Saturday, April 22 the Indians hosted the Ron Clatterbuck Invitational. The Indians opened the tournament up playing East Hardy and both teams were tied at 6-6 when the rain finally forced the event to be cancelled.
Before the game the Indians recognized their senior baseball players Riley Albanese, Reagan Johnson, Cole Oursler, Caleb Stotler, Garrett Stotler and Chance Swink.