Nitro blanks Wahama in tune-up tilt

By Paul Boggs -

NITRO, W. Va. — In one final tune-up tilt for Friday’s state tournament, the Wahama High School baseball team traveled to face one of the top Class AAA schools in all of West Virginia on Monday.

The White Falcons, unfortunately, found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-0 mercy-rule loss to the host Nitro Wildcats.

The Wildcats scored twice in the second and fourth innings, then erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to enforce the mercy rule.

Wahama, which fell to 20-11, will face Man in the Class A state semifinals on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

That contest takes place at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, as the White Falcons are the defending small-school state champions.

Nitro, which raised its record to 23-10, is appearing in the Class AAA state tournament.

Philip Hoffman, Mason Hicks and Tyler Grimm all pitched for Wahama — as Hicks had a double to pace the White Falcons’ three hits.

The White Falcons also committed four errors, while Nitro made none and banged out eight hits.

Eddie Flores finished 3-for-4 for the Wildcats, and ended the game with his solo home run in the sixth inning.

Flores was the only Nitro player with more than one hit, but Jacob Bradley and Matt Harrison had a pair of runs batted in along with a double apiece.

Jared Hill, who combined with Flores for the pitching shutout, had a double and RBI.

Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106

By Paul Boggs