Early-inning eruptions propel Pearl past WC|[03/23/08]

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 23, 2008

Jonathan Longmire’s big day at the plate couldn’t overcome hot-hitting Pearl High School on Saturday afternoon at Viking Field.

Longmire, Warren Central’s starting first baseman, doubled twice, singled and drove in seven runs in a 15-10 loss to the Pirates. On Friday night, the Vikings (4-11) defeated Pearl 5-4.

“Ten runs on 11 hits and one error in the score line is not too shabby,” said WC coach Randy Broome, whose team was playing its fourth game in the last five days. “An inch here or an inch there and it might have been different. I am proud of the way our guys hung in there. We never quit and scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh. We just have to keep getting better.”

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Longmire had two-RBI doubles in the first and second innings, then drove in two runs on a fourth-inning single to keep the Vikings in the game. Pearl, though, scored in each of the first five innings and led from the start.

Taylor Bates doubled twice, singled, drove in four runs and scored four times as Pearl jumped on WC starter Dylan Wooten early. The Pirates scored four in the first and added four more in the second to take an 8-3 lead going into the bottom of the second.

“We knew Pearl was going to come in here scrappy because that is the kind of team they are,” Broome said. “They got some big hits early.”

Longmire’s second two-RBI double pulled WC within three at 8-5, but Pearl used RBI singles from Bates and Zach Bridges in the top of the third to take an 11-5 lead. The Pirates added a run in the fourth to take a 12-5 lead, but Longmire drove in two on a fourth-inning single to cut the deficit back to five.

A towering three-run home run by Jonathan Rinehart in the top of the fifth gave Pearl a 15-7 advantage. The Pirates went quietly in the sixth and seventh, and WC scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh before Stephen Byrd coaxed a groundout to third to end the game.

Byrd went the distance to earn the win. He allowed 10 runs on 11 hits and struck out two. Wooten took the loss and the Vikings also used John Michael Harris for one inning and Adam Lee for the final 4 1/3 innings. Lee also had two hits at the plate.

Dillon Walker, Bridges and Taylor Harris all had two hits for the Pirates.

Lady Vikes win 4 at Richland tourney

Warren Central won three of four games and its bracket at the Richland Tournament on Saturday.

In the opener, Andi Hearn’s two-run home run in the first inning highlighted a 7-3 victory over host Richland. Shelby Conerly went 3-for-3 with a double, while Mandy Fuller and eighth-grader Sissy Hearn each had two hits. Andi Hearn earned the win on the mound.

In the second game, a 7-6 victory over Pearl, Sissy Hearn hit a walk-off home run in the seventh inning after Pearl had tied the score at 6 in the top of the inning. Shawn Johnson belted a three-run homer in a five-run Warren Central first inning. Andi Hearn earned her second pitching win of the day.

Warren Central then battered Enterprise 9-4 behind the pitching and hitting of Tiffany Fuller. The senior had two singles and earned the victory on the mound.

Andi Hearn, Mandy Fuller and Johnson each had two hits in the victory.

In the finale, Mandy Fuller hit a three-run home run in the first inning, but Clarkdale scored four in the second inning to win 4-3. Andi Hearn took the loss.