2017-05-10 / Sports

Tribe Baseball picks up two wins

by Jamie Harris

The Berkeley Springs High School Indians Baseball Team was busy once again this past week on the diamond. The Indians had to play the part of being road warriors as they racked up the miles with trips to Smithsburg, Md., Frankfort, Hancock, Md., and Moorefield. With four games in four days, the Indians were able to pick up two more wins on the season to improve their record to 12-14.

On Monday, May 1 the Indians hit I-70 East for a contest with the Smithsburg Leopards. The Leopards are considered a state title favorite in Maryland 1A baseball this spring and they did not show any signs of a let down as they rolled by the visiting Indians 16-6. Smithsburg jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first inning and after that the Leopard bats pounded the Indians pitching for 13 more runs over the last four innings.

Berkeley Springs was led by juniors Michael Hovermale (3- 3, 2 singles, home run, run and RBI) and Tobin Whittington (3-3, 2 singles, home run, 2 runs and RBI). Junior Braden Mellott (1-1, run, RBI) and sophomore Colby Farris (1-3, double and run) also contributed for the Tribe in the loss.

On Tuesday, May 2 the Indians headed in the other direction this time hitting I-68 West for a trip to Frankfort and the #7 Class AA ranked Falcons. Back on April 11 the Indians upset the Falcons 2-1 in a key sectional game. This time around Frankfort was ready and handed the Tribe only their third shutout loss of the season with an 8-0 victory.

Berkeley Springs was led by Andrew Butts (1-3), Hunter Andrick (1-2), Justin Stone (1- 2) and Ayden Lackey (1-3).

On Wednesday, May 3 the Indians headed up 522 and across the Potomac River Bridge for a contest with rival Hancock. The Indians who were struggling after six straight losses were able to find a way to get back into the win column by holding off the Panthers for an exciting 7-5 win.

Berkeley Springs took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but saw Hancock battled back and tie the game in the bottom of the second inning. In the top of the fourth inning the Tribe scored once again to go up 2-1. With the Indians pitching and defense holding firm the Tribe bats came alive in the top of the fifth inning for four more runs to increase their lead to 7- 1.

However, the home team was not about to sit back and watch Berkeley Springs coast to an easy win. Hancock was able to score two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the Berkeley Springs lead to 7-3.

The Indians offense could not muster anything in the top of the seventh the Panthers tried to stage their rally. Scoring two more runs in the bottom of the seventh Hancock closed the score to 7-5.

Pitcher Hovermale was able to get the final outs for the inning and end the Tribe’s recent slide with the 7-5 win.

Berkeley Springs was led by Hovermale who went 2-4 with a run and two RBIs. Sophomore Anthony Clark (2- 3, 2 runs), junior Whittington (2-3, 2 runs) and junior Stone (1-3, run and 2 RBIs) also led the Indians attack.

The Indians hit the road for a contest at Moorefield on Thursday, May 4. Once again the Tribe was able to break open a close game and then withheld a Yellow Jacket rally to take the 7-4 win.

Moorefield took a 1-0 lead after the first inning. In the top of the third inning Berkeley Springs rallied and took a 2-1 lead. After a scoreless fourth inning the Indians scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to go up 7-1.

Once again the Indians offense went cold in the sixth and seventh inning while Moorefield tried to rally with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh the Indians were able to take control and secure the 7-4 win.

The Indians were led by Butts (1-3, run), Farris (1-2), Clark (1-3, 2 runs and RBI), Stone (1-4, RBI), and Cole Morris (RBI).

Berkeley Springs was back in action Tuesday, May 9, in the Class AA Region 1 Section 1 double elimination Championships Tournament.

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