Western Hills’ baseball team has been in a bit of a rough spot lately, losing five of its last six games.
But things looked brighter Monday for the Wolverines, who took an 8-1 lead into the seventh inning and won 8-4 at WHHS.
“Today was much better,” WHHS coach Seth Knight said. “It was probably our most complete game of the season in terms of defense, hustle, attitude, diving for baseballs, making plays, swinging the bats aggressively, laying down bunts.”
Monday’s game was scoreless until the third inning when the Wolverines put up four runs.
The big hit of the inning was a home run by Jordan Taylor. Jason Johnson singled in the third, Austin Wiard had a sacrifice bunt, Dylan Manley was hit by a pitch and Ryan Barrass drew a walk.
WHHS added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Taylor Oaken hit a double in the fourth inning and Zack Barker singled.
Manley was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game in the fifth inning and after a groundout by Kyle Stevens, Manley scored on a single by Barrass.
Sayre (14-12) scored a run in the top of the sixth inning, but WHHS answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth as Barker and Johnson both singled and Manley reached on an error.
The Spartans scored three runs in the seventh with a hit batsman, a double by Howard Ball and a home run by Ray Brewer.
Johnson and Barker both hit two singles for WHHS, Oaken hit a double, Taylor had a home run, and Stevens and Barrass each had a base hit.
Barker was the Wolverines’ starting pitcher, and Ben Pulliam, Manley and Barrass all pitched in relief.
WHHS plays again Thursday when it hosts Model for a varsity doubleheader. The Wolverines will celebrate Senior Night Thursday.
“It was good to see improvement,” Knight said. “Hopefully we can work out the kinks and keep getting better.”