HHS outslugs Midland
ONA -- Stephen Holland blasted a three-run homer to highlight a seven-run third inning, sparking Huntington High to a 14-8 victory over Cabell Midland on Wednesday night at Cabell Midland.
The Highlanders also got a two-run homer from Joey Mundy in the fifth inning, one of 15 hits they compiled for the game.
Quite the contrast to Tuesday night when Huntington got four hits off Spring Valley ace Elijah Wellman in the first inning, but only three the rest of the way in a 6-3 loss.
And quite the contrast to the first meeting between the Cabell County rivals when Knights starter Seth Kinker tossed a three-hitter in a 2-0 victory. Kinker last just three innings Wednesday, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits.
"I saw my teammates hit and I hopped on board," said Holland, who knocked in four runs. "We saw the fast ball better and went after it. We hit the ball square."
Holland's blast off Kinker cleared the fence in right.
"I knew it was gone," he said.
Mundy enjoyed the breakout night, too.
"We were on it today," he said. "We're starting hit better. We kept the pedal down. They're our rival. We had the attitude we're going to hit."
As for his homer, Mundy said, "I heard the ping off bat. Knew it was out."
Huntington (10-5) returns to action Thursday at home against Ripley.
Cabell Midland (7-6) is off until Saturday. The Knights travel to Boyd County for two, meeting Pikeville in the opener and Boyd County in the nightcap.
Highlanders coach Danny Harbert said the players and coaches had some things to fix after the loss to Spring Valley. Evidently, they got the problems corrected.
"We had an issue when we got a lead we sat on it," Harbert said. "We upped the intensity. When we get the lead, we step on the gas. It's 0-0 all the time."
Kris Vancamp worked into the third inning, and Matt Miller came on to nail the win down for the Highlanders.
Brighton Jobe went 4-for-4 to lead the Cabell Midland attack. Kinker went 3-for-3 with two triples. Derek Adkins hit a homer for one of his two hits.
Knights coach Tracy Brumfield said if his team had Kinker on the mound, got 13 hits and scored eight runs, things would go in their favor.
"You think we'd win," he said. "Seth was leaving the ball right down the plate and they hit it. They've got good hitters. We had our chances, but they got the job done."
HUNTINGTON 217 121 0 -- 14 15 2
CABELL MIDLAND 112 120 1 -- 8 13 3
Vancamp, Miller (4) and Shaver; Kinker, Perry (4), Arrowood (5) and Elkins.
Hitting: (H) B. Haikal 3-5, RBI; Smith 2B, 2 RBI; Mundy 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI; Holland HR, 4 RBI; Zban 2-4, 2B, RBI; Turner 2-5, 2B, RBI. (CM) Beahrs 2-5, 2 RBI; Kinker 3-3, 3B (2); Jobe 4-4, 3 RBI; Kuhn 2-4, RBI; Adkins 2-3, HR, RBI.