Wyoming East continues to score runs in bunches.
The AA No. 6 Warriors pushed across six runs each in the third and fourth innings on the way to a 16-0, five-inning victory over Westside on Wednesday evening at Clear Fork.
That made 42 runs for WEHS in three games this week.
“We’re hitting the ball pretty well,” said Warriors coach Ron Mayhew.
East loaded the bases with none out in the first.
A Jaquan Ayers grounder led to a force at second and brought in a run.
Tristan Toler followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
The Warriors (14-3) added two more in the second.
Jonathan Culicerto singled sharply to left to start the inning, and one out later, Austin Canada punched the ball down the third base line.
Christian Hedinger doubled deep to center, bringing two runs in, but was thrown out at third. It was 4-0.
There were two down when East erupted for six in the third.
Canada had a two-run single. Josh Zeboskey cleared the bases with a double to right.
The lead went to 10-0 on an Ayers single.
Westside coach Jeremy Hedinger said his team’s fielding miscues kept East at the plate.
“It probably should have been 4-0 (instead of 10-0) going into the fourth inning,” the coach commented.
“You can’t give teams like Wyoming East extra outs,” Hedinger said. “They’ll make you pay for it, and that’s what happened.”
Westside had its best scoring chance in the bottom of the third.
The Renegades had two on with none out. But an East double play and a Canada strikeout ended the threat.
David Carte and Hedinger each drove in two runs in a six-run fourth as the Warriors pushed the lead to 16-0.
The loss ended Westside’s six-game winning streak.
Mayhew says his club’s pitching “is better than average” but will have to improve for East to make a deep tournament run.
“I think it’s getting close to where we need it to be,” he stated.
Canada struck out five in picking up the win.
The Warriors host Mount View in a doubleheader at 5:30 on Wednesday. Westside (9-8) travels to Tug Valley.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: Westside tries to hold Warrior runner at first base.