Eagles defeat Wolves
SPRING VALLEY -- There wasn't much Spring Valley baseball coach Jim Hensley could say after South Charleston beat his team Tuesday evening, 8-3.
Hensley watched for the second consecutive evening as the Timberwolves jumped out to a lead and got complacent en route to a disappointing defeat.
"These kids seem to be unmotivatable," Hensley said. "This isn't the same team from two weeks ago or a week ago."
On Monday, the Timberwolves took a 4-0 lead before falling apart in a loss to Lincoln County and Tuesday looked much like a carbon copy.
After going up, 3-0, in the first inning Tuesday, the Timberwolves had just one hit the rest of the contest -- that a leadoff single by Jonah Wellman in the sixth inning.
"They are getting into a lull where they are waiting on that perfect pitch and it's never going to come," Hensley said.
South Charleston had no such issues as it turned around the deficit. The Black Eagles used all areas of the field to bang out 13 hits.
Trailing by three in the top of the third, South Charleston plated four runs to seize control with the top of the lineup setting the tone.
Isaiah Moss notched a single to lead off an inning when South Charleston had four straight singles, including a two-run hit by Trevor Sampson. Jared Hill plated Sampson to put the Black Eagles on top to stay.
"Those guys sprayed the ball all over the place," Hensley said. "They didn't swing at bad pitches and they were very disciplined, but they were still aggressive."
The aggressive approach at the plate continued in the fourth inning when the Black Eagles scored another pair of runs with small ball. After a walk to Zach Lively and a single by Moss put runners on first and second base with no outs, Zach Wright executed a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up.
Sampson and Jonathan Pauley followed with run-scoring singles to increase the lead to 6-3.
South Charleston added another pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Sampson finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Moss also had three hits. Wright, Hill and Antonio Brown each had two hits for South Charleston.
Aaron Hamm had an RBI hit in the first inning for Spring Valley, which has lost seven of its last nine games and hosts Hurricane on Wednesday.
SOUTH CHARLESTON 004 202 0 -- 8 13 2
SPRING VALLEY 300 000 0 -- 3 3 2
Marler and Moss. Kelly, Herbert (6) and Wellman.
Hitting: (SC) Moss 3-5, 3 R; Wright 2-3, RBI; Brown 2-4; Sampson 3-4, 3 RBI; Hill 2-4, RBI. (SV) Hamm 2 RBIs.