Mustangs win SVC baseball opener against Warriors; softball falls

Westfall seized the lead for good with a four-run first inning on Monday en route to defeating visiting Adena 11-4 in the Scioto Valley Conference opener for both schools.

Trent Walters legged out an infield single to open the home first and Brenden Tuttle following with a single to right.

Following a strikeout, Bryant Coker helped his own cause by hitting a single to left that scored Walters. After a walk to Bryce Wickline loaded the bases, Tuttle scored on a wide pitch.

Cade Hall then singled to right, driving in both Coker and Wickline to give the Mustangs a 4-2 lead.

Westfall started purchasing insurance by scoring two runs in the third.

Seth Gifford worked a walk with two outs and was joined on the base pads when Brandon Bingham singled to left and Clay Ellis reached on an infield single. Walters then singled to deep shortstop to knock in Gifford. Bingham came around to score on a wild pitch to put the Mustangs ahead 6-2.

Coker tripled to right an inning later to drive in Jaden Towler and then scored himself on an RBI groundout by Hall.

The Mustangs scored their final three runs in the sixth to go ahead 11-2.

“We had six players with at least one hit in the lineup and we also had some big two-out hits,” Westfall coach Todd Rhymer said. “I also liked that we scored in four of our six at-bats, and we kept adding onto our lead.”

Coker had a big evening at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, Bingham was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored, Hall was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored and Walters was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

Coker settled down after allowing Adena a pair of runs, one earned, in the first and tossed six innings. He allowed six hits, walked three and struck out six to earn the win.

“Bryant hit a batter, walked a couple and then Adena had a couple of bloop hits fall in the first to score its first two runs,” Rhymer said. “Bryant did a nice job of settling down after that and struck out the next two batters to get out of the first.

“He didn’t have his best stuff, but he battled for six innings and didn’t give up any more runs.”

The Mustangs (3-0, 1-0) travel to VA Memorial Stadium on Tuesday for a non-league game with London.

Adena 5, Westfall 3

Makayla Cook socked a three-run homer in the third inning on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome visiting Adena in a 5-3 Scioto Valley Conference setback.

Adena scored three times in the first and again in the second to jump out to a 4-0 lead. After Cook’s blast made it a one-run game, Adena tacked on an insurance run in its final at-bat.

Olivia Dumm was 3-for-4, Cook went 2-for-4, drove in three and scored and Ava Heath contributed a 2-for-4 evening with a run scored for the Mustangs (0-3, 0-1), who continue conference play on Wednesday when they host Huntington.

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