VINCENT, Ohio - The Parkersburg Big Reds sent 14 hitters to the plate in the first inning, scoring nine times on their way to a six-inning, 15-4 victory over the Warren Warriors Monday night at Warren High School.
Every PHS starter reached base in the first as the Big Reds strung together seven base hits and took advantage of a pair of
Warrior errors to knock Warren starting pitcher Lance Shafer from the mound.
Chase Evans of Parkersburg High is greeted by his Big Red teammates after blasting one of his two home runs in a 15-4 win over Warren.
"We've been notorious for falling behind early in games and then having to come back," said Big Red head coach Alan Burns. "It was good to play with that kind of lead for a change."
Lead off man Garrett Riley got the inning started with a single for PHS and scored on a double by shortstop Tony Brunicardi.
Paul Fichtelman and Mason Humphery followed with run scoring base hits to make it 3-0.
Kyle Haverty was hit by a pitch to load the bases, before the Big Reds got RBIs from each of the bottom three hitters in the lineup,
Will Salmons, Tre Jackson, and Chase Evans, to make it 6-0.
After a Warrior error allowed another run to score, Brunicardi ended Shafer's night with yet another RBI hit and the Warriors had a 9-0 lead.
Parkersburg (4-10) started Max Chefren on the mound and the freshman right hander held the Warriors scoreless for the first two innings.
PHS made it a 10-0 game in the top of the third when catcher Chase Evans sent a towering shot over the fence down the left field line.
The Warriors got on the board in their half of the third when their catcher Landon Kern drilled his fourth homer of the year to right center field to make it 10-1.
Warren (7-7) threatened to make things interesting in the fourth when Chefren suddenly had trouble throwing strikes.
Kern, Tyler Ward, and Austin Henthorn all received bases loaded walks to close the lead to 10-4 with just one out in the inning and the bases still loaded.
After Burns replaced Chefren on the mound with junior Jake Gold, the Big Reds came up with what turned out to be the key play of the game.Warren cleanup hitter Gunnar Smith drilled a shot up the middle that appeared destined to be a base hit, but Brunicardi made a leaping catch and fired to second for an ending inning double play.
PHS got those three runs back in the top of the fifth when second baseman Tre Jackson led off with a perfect bunt single and Evans followed with his second homer of the game to make it 12-4.