BRISTOL, Va. — In a pitcher’s duel that came all the way down to the wire, the John Battle High School baseball team came from behind to win 3-1 over Wise County Central last Tuesday.
“It’s a good win. We all worked hard, and we’re just ready to move on to the next game,” said John Battle pitcher Landon Moore.
Warriors starter Tyler Muncy cruised through the first five innings against the Trojans, allowing only one hit and one walk with eight strikeouts. Things fell apart for the Warriors in the bottom of the sixth though, as back-to-back walks to start the inning led to a three-run outburst by the Trojans.
John Battle coach Jimmy Gobble said that going into the bottom half of the inning, he didn’t think his team would have the outcome that they did.
“At the time, no. I mean he had been pounding the strike zone so well, and to get a leadoff walk in that situation with our [No.] 2, 3 and 4 hitters coming up, that added some pressure all the way around, and that kind of bumped up our momentum just a little bit,” he said.
John Battle second baseman Bryce Bowman moved to the mound in the seventh to close out the game, where he induced a pair of groundouts before striking out Warriors center fielder Tyler Vanover to seal the victory.
“Muncy pitched a great game. He kept us off balance, and he attacked the zone, so job well done,” Gobble said. “We got a leadoff walk [in the sixth inning], and then a couple things went our way, and we ended up getting a crooked number, which was huge. Our pitching was also quite solid through and through the entire game.”
Moore had a dominant outing against the Warriors, allowing only one unearned run on three hits and two walks over six innings while striking out 12 batters. He said that, while he was on the mound, he was just focused on getting each out rather than any numbers.
“I wasn’t thinking anything,” he said. “Just going out there, doing what I had to do and be a true pitcher like what I was taught to do.”
Warriors right fielder Zach James led the team with a game-high two hits, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a strikeout. First baseman Bryson Collins drove in Central’s only run of the night with his only hit — a hard-hit grounder that was just out of the reach of Trojans shortstop Jake Mumpower. Mumpower made up for that by driving in the go-ahead run for John Battle in the sixth inning on a bloop single that just fell over the head of the second baseman.