East Hardy rallied to tie the game in the sixth inning, but the Vikings exploded for eight runs in the same inning on costly mistakes to raise the flag for a 12-4 victory in Petersburg.
“We had some hits when we needed them and that was a close ballgame, until the sixth inning,” Petersburg skipper Mike Landis remarked.
“They tied it up. A couple of mistakes here and there and we ran the bases pretty well and we got a couple of hits which was the difference in the ballgame. They are a good club.”
Petersburg pitcher Tanner Champ allowed a double by Cougars leadoff batter Logan Whetzel into left center field to commence the contest.
Champ countered with a strikeout to East Hardy’s Alex Miller and induced a groundout for Clay Skovron which advanced Whetzel to third base.
East Hardy’s Brett Tharp smacked an RBI single into center field for an initial 1-nil lead before the side was ended on a line drive hit by Adam Baker.
Tharp took the mound and Petersburg’s Cameron Masih flew out to Skovron, then Tyce Wisnewski swung on a dropped third strike with the throw to first base from catcher Alex Miller making the out.
Baker caught a line drive from Trad Harman at first base to end the inning.
The Cougars went down in order in the top of the second inning as Christian Dove grounded out to Masih at shortstop, then Andrew Tharp and Seth Smith struck out.
Petersburg’s Hunter Pool struck out, then Chase Ault singled into left field and Dawson Tingler reached base on an error as the fly ball deflected off the glove of Skovron in center field for runners on the corners.
Petersburg’s Lucas Berg was issued a walk to load the bases, then Jacob Hartman ripped a two-run producing single into center field and advanced on the throw home and Tharp’s throw to third base wasn’t in time.
Brett Tharp pitched strikeouts to Vikings batters Jakob Mauzy and Masih to get out of the inning with East Hardy trailing 2-1.