MASON, W.Va. — Burned by the Devils.
The Wahama baseball team suffered its fifth loss in seven outings Monday night following a 4-0 setback to visiting St. Marys in a non-conference matchup at J.C. Cook Field in Mason County.
The White Falcons (15-7) outhit the Devils (10-10) by a slim 7-6 overall margin, but the hosts were unable to produce any kind of offense when their opportunities popped up. SMHS, on the other hand, plated two runs in the the top of the third, then tacked on an insurance run in each of the fifth and seventh frames while cruising to the shutout decision.
Both teams stranded nine runners on base, with Wahama committing the only two errors in the contest. Both WHS miscues also led to a pair of unearned runs by night’s end.
Scoreless through two complete, St. Marys got things going as Jonathan Davis received a one-out walk and advanced to second on a Ty Flowers single. Both runners advanced to third on a passed ball, then Davis scored on an infield error that allowed Branden Barnhart to reach safely for a 1-0 edge.
Flowers later scored on a bases loaded sacrifice fly to left, giving the Devils a 2-0 cushion midway through the third inning.
The score remained that way until the fifth as Flowers led things off with a single and advanced to third on a Barnhart double. Michael Fox followed with a sacrifice fly to right that plated Flowers, giving the guests a 3-0 advantage.
Fox also scored in the seventh on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by Hunter Smitley, wrapping up the 4-0 outcome.
Wahama had a baserunner in each of its seven innings at the plate, but had only three occasions in which the lead runner made it second base. The hosts did not have a baserunner advance to third at any point in the setback.
Flowers was the winning pitcher of record after allowing seven hits and four walks over seven innings while striking out five. Mason Hicks suffered the loss after surrendering two earned runs, six hits and six walks over seven frames while fanning 10.
Jared Nutter led WHS with three hits, followed by Jared Oliver, Philip Hoffman, Ricky Kearns and Dalton Kearns with a safety apiece.
Flowers paced SMHS with three hits and two runs scored, while Barnhart, Riley Bennett and Wesley Parsons also had a safety each for the victors.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.