HUNTINGTON — Hurricane High's first three batters walked to start the game Saturday at Huntington's Cook-Holbrook Stadium, a sign of things to come in the Redskins' 19-3 high school baseball victory over Huntington High.
The three free passes were among 11 walks issued by Highlander pitchers and combined with eight errors in the field to lead to the loss.
"We're way better than this," Huntington head coach Danny Harbert told his team following the game.
Hurricane (8-0) batted around twice, once in the second inning when the Redskins scored eight runs on three hits and were aided by three Huntington errors. Hurricane batted around again the in the sixth inning adding seven runs on three hits and four more Huntington errors.
"There were just too many routine plays where we just dropped the ball," Harbert said. "We had routine pop-ups that were just dropped. I don't know if it was the (upcoming) Myrtle Beach trip or what it was, but we weren't focused."
The first inning indicated a high-scoring game between the two Class AAA schools.
Hurricane's Nate Dunham drew a walk from Huntington starting pitcher Ben Bartilson. Dunham then stole second base, went to third on a passed ball then scored when the throw to get him sailed into left field.
Tyler Cox and Jake Allen scored on a two-run single by Joel Gardner to make it 3-0.
Huntington High (3-5) rallied with two runs in the bottom of the first, but in the top of the second inning the Highlanders let the game get away with eight Redskin runs in the frame.
"I think in the second inning alone there were five fly balls that were dropped," Harbert said. "We didn't commit any errors against Greenup or Ripley and here we had eight today."
Huntington will travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to play in the Mingo Bay Classic during spring break.
The event will feature 96 teams. Huntington will play three games at Myrtle Beach High School before starting pool play.