By Chris Parsons
WILLIAMSBURG — For the second straight year, the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets have won three straight to start the season after a 15-4 win over visiting Barbourville Friday.
John Mountjoy’s team recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to score six runs in the bottom of the first inning and Williamsburg never looked back.
Jon Teague led the way at the plate for Williamsburg, going a perfect 3-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Micah Purdie also chipped in a pair of hits and an RBI, while scoring four runs in the game.
On the mound, Logan Hamblin got credit for the win after allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits after pitching three full innings. He walked three and struck out five batters in the process.
Barbourville starter Collin Grubb was tagged with the loss after giving up seven runs on six hits and three walks in two and a third innings. Grubb also struck out three batters.
After the win, Williamsburg coach John Mountjoy said he was pleased with the way his team has played in the early stages of the season, but was quick to point out that it’s too early to get excited.
“We feel pretty good about getting out on the field,” Mountjoy said. “With the way the weather has been, the kids are just glad to get to see some action and try to liven the bats up a little bit.
“We’re glad to get the win, but it’s way too early to get excited,” he added. “We’ve got a lot of young kids and all of this is really just practice at this point, but we’ll keep trying to get better.”
Barbourville’s Tate Carter scored the first run of the game after he singled and came around to score to put the Tigers on top 1-0 in the top of the first inning.
The Yellow Jackets responded with a six-run bottom of the first when the first six batters reached base thanks to hits by Michael Rose-Creekmore, Purdie, Teague and Ryan Bowlin, coupled with walks by Alex Patterson and Hamblin.
Barbourville trimmed the gap to 6-4 over the next two innings. Despite not having a hit in the inning, the Tigers scored one run in the second. Carter and Grubb each reached base and came around to score in the third to trim the gap to 6-4.
After seeing his starter throw 69 pitches, Mountjoy went to his bullpen as Bowlin took over on the mound for the Yellow Jackets.
The move turned out to be a good one for Williamsburg, as Bowlin didn’t allow a hit over the final two innings, striking out two while giving up just one base on balls.
“Logan did a good job for us today and he wanted to stay in there, but his pitch count got up to 69 and that’s a little more than you want kids to throw this early in the season,” Mountjoy said. “He was fighting to stay in there, but you really don’t want to put your season at stake this early in the season.
“Ryan Bowlin did a good job for us after he came in and then we were able to score some more runs,” he added. "Like I said, it’s a win, but it’s too early to get real excited.”
Williamsburg scored a pair of runs in each of the third and fourth innings and one in the fifth to extend the lead to 11-4.
A four-run fifth sealed the win for the Yellow Jackets as they improve to 3-0 on the season and get set to take on Oneida Baptist in the opening round of the 13th Region All ’A’ Classic at home on Monday.
Williamsburg 15, Barbourville 4
Barbourville 112 000 4 3 1
Williamsburg 602 214 15 12 2
WP – Hamblin
LP – Grubb
W'burg improves to 3-0 on young season with 15-4 win
By Chris Parsons
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Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
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The Way it is
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Like It or Not
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Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
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Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
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