MASON, W. Va. — Let the defense of another state championship officially begin.
That’s because the Wahama White Falcons —the two-time defending Class A state baseball champions — successfully opened defense of that title on Monday, by blanking Calhoun County 12-0 in the Class A Region 4 Section 1 opening round.
The host White Falcons, after only three batters in the opening inning, batted around in the second —scoring five runs on three hits.
In the third frame, eight Wahama hitters saw the dish, and the White Falcons forged four more runs on two more hits.
In the fourth, and highlighted by Tanner’s Smith two-run single to make it 11-0, Wahama added three more runs to put the mercy rule into effect.
The contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule, as the third-seeded White Falcons began what they hope is another appearance in Appalachian Power Park in early June.
Wahama, with the shutout of sixth-seeded Calhoun, raised its record to 16-9.
Three pitchers shared mound duties for both clubs, as Dalton Kearns claimed the win for Wahama — while working the initial two innings.
Kearns started before Jared Oliver relieved him for the third and fourth frames, followed by Jonathan Frye throwing for the fifth.
Kearns gave up two hits and Oliver one, while Frye finished with one walk.
But Kearns struck out four, Oliver added a pair, and Frye fanned one Red Devil batter.
Soney Wilson, with singles in the first and third innings, and Caden Hicks —with a single in the first —accounted for the only three Calhoun County hits.
Wilson reached second in both frames but didn’t score —before being walked in the fifth.
Of the White Falcons’ dozen runs, only four were earned —thanks to the Red Devils committing five errors.
Wilson was the starting and losing pitcher for Calhoun, as he went the first two innings and allowed five runs on three hits with three walks.
Mason Bennett went the next one-and-a-third, giving up seven runs on four hits while walking a pair.
Both Calhoun hurlers allowed two earned runs apiece.
Smith paced the White Falcons’ attack with two hits and three runs batted in, as he also had a sacrifice fly in the second.
Oliver, Tyler Bumgarner, Philip Hoffman, Bryton Grate and Nyles Riggs registered one hit apiece, as Riggs recorded an RBI-double.
Grate and Hoffman had RBI-singles, as Colton Arrington added a sacrifice fly in the third.
Wyatt Edwards, on an error, drove in Smith for the 12th and final Wahama run.
Wahama, on Tuesday (May 9), traveled to second-seeded Williamstown for another Region 4 Section 1 affair.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106