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By Carl Holcomb
The Class AA No. 3 ranked Frankfort Falcons came flying into George Hott Field and were grounded in the first game of the doubleheader as Moorefield rallied for a 5-3 victory, then the Yellow Jackets fell in the nightcap 9-2.
“That was real efficient. Holden [Sions] has been around the strike zone and our whole team defense has been the key to our pitchers being able to go longer in a game,” Moorefield Coach Wade Armentrout remarked.
Moorefield starting pitcher Holden Sions induced a groundout to begin the game with Brent Moran making the play to Blake Watts, then pitched a strikeout and Seth Hoyt made a catch to retire the side.
Yellow Jackets leadoff batter Sloan Williams launched a double into left field off Frankfort pitcher Blake Wasson and advanced on an error as Garrett Haggerty’s hit ricocheted off the first baseman.
[private] Rion Landes plated Williams on a double play for a 1-0 lead, then Blake Conrad struck out.
The Falcons failed to reach case once again as Hoyt caught a fly ball, Sions notched a strikeout and Moran fielded another groundout.
Westly Martinez was hit by a pitch to provide Moorefield with a base runner, then Caden Kimble stole second base and advanced to third base on a sacrifice by Blake Watts before being stranded on a strikeout and groundout.
In the third inning, Haggerty made two catches in left field before a walk was issued and the runner was caught stealing on a throw by Martinez.
Ours and Williams hit back-to-back singles into center field for the Yellow Jackets, then a pickoff was made at second base followed by a strikeout and fielder’s choice with no runs.
The Falcons took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but Moorefield equalized it.
Foster Conis reached on an error with one out, then John Ackerman singled into right field.
Wyatt Yates smacked an RBI double into left field before Sions countered with a strikeout.
Frankfort got a little greedy on the next play and it cost the last out as Caleb Hare connected for an RBI single with a second run being sent toward home and Martinez reached out to make the tag.
Moorefield got two base runners aboard as Conrad was beaned and Martinez walked, then Watts sliced an RBI double into left field to knot the game at two runs apiece.
Sions grounded out, Hoyt hit into a fielder’s choice and Ours struck out to end the frame.
An error eluding first base on a bunt allowed Garett Weaver to jump on base for the Falcons in the fifth inning and advance on a groundout.
Weaver scored during an error off the bat of Nick Corwell as Frankfort took a 3-2 edge, then a fielder’s choice got the lead runner and an error on a pickoff setup a runner at third base before the door was closed on a catch by Haggerty.
A diving attempt missed the mark in center field as Williams got on base, then Haggerty struck out.
Williams moved over on a passed ball and Landes reached on an another error at shortstop.
Conrad ripped an RBI double into right field to tie the contest at 3-all.
A walk to Martinez loaded the bases, then there was nowhere to place Watts on another free pass creating a run as the Yellow Jackets regained the lead.
After a strikeout to Sions, Hoyt reached on an error at first base with one run coming home and the second runner crossed the plate with the last out coming at third base with the umpire acknowledging just one score at 5-3 despite a protest.
Frankfort managed to get two base runners in the sixth inning, but they were stranded on a strikeout and flyout.
The Yellow Jackets drew a walk and didn’t get the runner home.
In the seventh inning, Moran bobbled a grounder and got control for the out, then Sions recorded a strikeout.
Zack Whitacre reached on an error at third base, but Conis hit into a fielder’s choice collected by Moran to ice the game in the Yellow Jackets favor.
Frankfort’s Ackerman had three hits and three RBIs, Yates added three hits and one RBI, and Corwell had two hits and two RBI in the second game leading to a 9-2 victory.
The Yellow Jackets scored twice in the seventh inning with the bases loaded after consecutive singles by Williams, Haggerty and Landes as Conrad was hit by a pitch to plate the first run and Martinez knocked in another on a single to the shortstop with Landes caught in a rundown.
Moorefield pitcher Sloan Williams recorded five strikeouts in five innings of work on 86 pitches, while Frankfort’s Conis had seven strikeouts in six innings on 111 pitches. [/private]