GLENVILLE – No decision would have been made unless the team was all in.
Nurturing a 2-0 lead with two cars and runners at first and second base at the bottom of the seventh inning against Williamstown during Saturday’s Little Kanawha Conference Championship, Tyler Consolidated coach Robby Jones gathered his entire field on a pile and asked a question.
The decision was unanimous. Deliberately walk Leewood Moless and put a possible winning race at the base.
With runners now at each base, TCHS starting pitcher Jayden Helmick provided a shot to Tyu Otto, who moved sharply to second base. The 2-0 win – the third consecutive eliminations by the Silver Knights – secured the first LKC title for the TCHS baseball program in their first appearance for the title match.
“When I called the timeout, I wanted to talk about the situation with all my guys,” said Jones after his club improved to 20-7 during a match played at the Sue Morris Sports Complex.
“I wanted to know what they think because the decision we made was made as a team. They said to train him and we’ll get the next guy. Jayden managed to challenge the ground ball and we finally cleared it up. ”
Helmick allowed just five goals and passed three as he knocked out seven in seven shifts. Except in the seventh shift, he worked on jams in both the first and third shifts. Williamstone’s fruitful attack was reduced to silence and for the first time this season the Yellowjackets were limited to less than three runs.
We hit the ball hard, but we hit the air too hard, Williamstown coach Levi Maxwell said after his club fell to 21-3. “We weren’t that patient with our pitches. Give your hat to Helmick, he progressed and stayed ahead.
“Helmick was just hitting. When he got ahead, he used it to his advantage trying to repel the boys. Whenever you can get the first hit and no one swings, it’s huge. We are usually the team that hits the first field, but today we did not swing the bats like we did. ”
Teammate Hayden Brown provided all the necessary support to Helmick in the attack. Carson Gorby took the lead from the top of the third inning with a double down the left field line. After walking Helmick, Williamstown starting pitcher Carson Hill pulled the next two strikers, but hit Ty Walton to replenish bases.
Coach Maxwell changed pitchers and brought another freshman to Parker Schramm. Brown hit the offer in the shallow right center field. Midfielder Harbor Haught ran and dived, but the ball flew off him. Gorby and Helmick both scored before Brown was flagged in an attempt to extend the double.
“Hayden Brown scored well and their central player played almost well,” said Jones. “I have full confidence in our defense and the playing staff – whenever we can do a few rounds, we have a chance.
“Williamstown has a powerful lineup. Those Moless brothers in that lineup smo we went to Myrtle Beach and the Molessas are two of the better strikers we’ve seen this season, regardless of the teams from South Carolina, Queens and other states that have been down. ”
After his first hit, Schramm was basically in place after completing the final 4 1/3 innings with relief and not allowing a run after two hits. He walked one and knocked out five.
The first chance for Williamstown’s goal came in the first inning when Maxwell Molessa opened the double and Leewood Molessa deliberately missed. Two infield cars in a sandwich around the plot stranded both runners.
In the third inning, after Helmick hit the first two stoppers he faced, Leewood Molessa and Ott both singled out. Schramm walked to replenish the bases, but going out into the center field left three more Yellowjackets at base.
“I hope our guys understand, 21 wins or whatever we are, it doesn’t matter (for the postseason)” said Maxwell. “They know who we need to prepare for the game.”
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