Wyoming East didn’t waste much time in jumping on top of Sherman.
The AA No. 6 Warriors scored nine in the first inning and cruised on to a 14-0 win over the Tide last Thursday at New Richmond.
Austin Canada threw four shut out innings and Christian Hedinger belted a three-run home run to pace East.
“When we play our A game, we’re pretty good,” said Warriors coach Ron Mayhew. “But we don’t always have our A game.”
The Warriors batted around in the first to build a big lead.
Josh Zeboskey’s high fly double, which literally hit the right field line, put runners on second and third with one out in the first.
East got all of its runs with two out in the inning.
The first run scored on a throwing error. Hunter Simmons singled to left to bring in another.
Chase Presley walked to load the bases.
Coty Bishop singled to score two runs, and J.R. Haynes walked.
Canada doubled to left, bringing two more runners home. It was 6-0.
Hedinger followed with a blast to left-center to score three runs.
It remained 9-0 until the East third.
A wild pitch allowed Haynes to cross the plate and a passed ball brought Canada in.
Jaquan Ayers later singled hard to right to score two.
Canada allowed one single and fanned five in four innings of work. He was relieved by Hunter Hall, who struck out the side in the fifth.
“Coty Bishop is doing great behind the plate and does a great job of calling the game,” Mayhew commented. “The pitchers are working hard,” he added. “And we’re patching up the defense.”
Canada was 2-3 with a double and two RBI for the winners.
Hedinger was 1-2 with three RBI. Zeboksey and Presley each had a double. Presley also made a nice grab on a line drive hit hard to first.
Ayers and Bishop each had a hit and drove in two runs. Simmons was 1-3 with an RBI.
Bailey Kirk took the loss for the Tide. He was relieved by Blake Brewer, who had Sherman’s only hit.
East is at Nicholas County today and will host Shady Spring on Saturday at 1 p.m.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: Christian Hedinger of Wyoming East smiles as he circles the bases after hitting a home run.