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Lady Eagles score four wins on week
The Lady Eagles won all four of their games last week. They defeated Notre Dame, Calhoun, Doddridge, and Clay.
Monday’s 10-0 victory over Notre Dame came with Kassidy Heavner on the mound.
Coach Jerry Frame attributed the win to good pitching and the fact that his players “crushed the ball and fielded well.” Amber Frame hit the first of her two home runs for the week against Notre Dame.
Braxton’s 11-1 win over Calhoun on Wednesday was the result of “good hitting and a few walks,” according to Coach Frame. Again the Lady Eagles play good defense. Heavner pitched that game along with the other games of the week.
Coach Frame called Braxton’s 4-2 win over Doddridge Thursday “a very good game.” The Lady Eagles scored three runs in the first inning but faced strong defense from the Lady Bull Dogs throughout the game. “We hit the ball well and got on base,” Coach Frame said, “but we left a lot of runners on base.”
Braxton led throughout their 7-4 win over Clay Saturday. Frame hit her second home run of the week in that game.
The Lady Eagles did face a slight scare in the sixth. Braxton led 5-1 until a Clay player homered and Clay scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one run of a tie. Equal to the task, the Lady Eagles added two runs in the seventh and held Clay scoreless the rest of the game.
The Lady Eagles face another busy week. Last night they traveled to South Harrison.
Wednesday they go to Doddridge, and Thursday they play a LKC game but, at press time, Coach Frame did not know whom they would play or where. Saturday, they probably will play a doubleheader at Robert C. Byrd.
BCHS Baseball team continues winning
With four wins last week, the Braxton County Eagles had, as of Saturday evening, won 11 consecutive games.
To start the week, Cameron Long pitched a five-inning 16-3 win over the Clay Panthers on Monday. In five innings, Long allowed one hit and walked two. He struck out five. Offensively, the Eagles’ 16 runs came on 13 hits and two walks.
Troy McMillion led the Eagles as he went 4 for 4 at the plate with a double, a triple and three RBIs. Other top hitters included Ben Fincham, Daniel Hoard, and Brent McMillion. Hoard’s 2 for 3 performance included a triple and two RBIs. McMillion was 2 for 3 against Clay, and Fincham went 2 for 4.. Backus accounted for three RBIs in that game.
A 10-2 win over Calhoun came on Wednesday. Brent McMillion, the winning pitcher, went four innings. He faced 16 batters and struck out seven. McMillion gave up two hits, allowed one run, walked two, and hit one batter. In relief, Fincham faced 13 batters in three innings. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk. Fincham struck out three.
Leading hitters included Tayton Stout, 2 for 3, and Backus, Fincham, and Cameron Showalter, all 2 for 4. Backus’s hits included a triple. Long led the team in RBIs with three.
Against Doddridge, Backus pitched all five innings for a 12-1 win. Facing 19 batters, he allowed four hits, one run, and gave up two walks. He struck out 10.
Offensively, Braden Poling led the Eagles. Two for three at the plate, Poling drove in five runs. Stout and Long were both 1 for 1, and Brent McMillion tripled.
Braxton’s 11-1 win over Webster Saturday came with four different pitchers on the mound for the Eagles. Poling, the starter and winning pitcher, struck out two while walking one. He gave up no hits. McMillion pitched one inning and struck out three of the five batters he faced. He walked one and allowed one hit. Long, in one inning, struck out one. He gave up no hits or walks. Cameron Showalter, who gave up one run, gave up two hits and walked one. He had two strikeouts.
Highlights of that game were Fincham’s three-run homer and Long’s two-run home run. Brent McMillion went 3 for 4 with two doubles and four runs batted in.
The Eagles traveled to South Harrison to face the Hawks Monday evening.
Other games this week include Wirt today, Doddridge tomorrow, and Lewis Friday.
BCMS Knights’ track teams show success in several meets
The middle school track teams have shown success in several of their meets this season. In the most recent, the Walton Invitational, the boys and the girls both took first place as well as the combined team championship.
In the Walton meet, the Braxton boys had 12 first-place finishes. These ranged from the 400 meter dash through the longer runs, the relays, and field events. In the same meet, Braxton’s girls recorded seven first-place finishes. These began with the 100-meter dash and included one longer run and the discus throw.
The Knights’ season began March 22 when the team competed in the Sidney Boggs Memorial Classic at Roane County High School. There they took first place in both the boys’ and the girls’ divisions. Teams which they beat included Ravenswood, Geary, Spencer, and Walton. The Braxton boys had eight first-place finishes and the girls seven in that meet.
No results were available for the Glenville Middle School Pioneer Classic on April 9. Coach Mickey Skeens reported that the event took place on “a cold and snowy day.” He added, “Both teams competed well against some of the top middle school teams in the region.”
At the next meet, the Easter Classic held at Spencer Middle School April 16, Braxton boys placed third behind Ritchie and Webster. The girls finished sixth out of 11 teams.
This week, the Knights will compete in the KVT and FOA Invitational April 26. On Saturday the team will travel to Roane to compete against Richwood, Webster, Summersville, Clay, Walton, Geary and Spencer in the CWVAC championship meet.
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