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Originally published: 2013-03-01 16:49:07
Last modified: 2013-03-01 16:49:07

Mount Tabor edges Watauga

by Staff Reports

WINSTON-SALEM — Watauga’s baseball team lost its second straight one-run game Thursday at Mount Tabor.

Watauga’s offense struggled against Mount Tabor ace Thomas St. Clair in a 3-2 loss to the Spartans. The Pioneers (0-2) did not get a hit off of St. Clair until the fifth inning when Utah Jones lined a single into center field.

St Clair struck out nine batters and three hits.

It took until the sixth inning for the Pioneers to get on the scoreboard. Ryder Jones drove in Utah Jones with a sacrifice fly, and Mason Illich drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. St. Clair struck out Tyler Sturgill, who just joined the team one day after playing for the Pioneers in the state 4-A basketball playoffs.

Watauga left the tying run on base in the sixth and seventh innings. Dakota Devine picked up the save for Mount Tabor after pitching the seventh inning.

Tyler Jones, who missed most of last season because of a nagging arm injury, gave up three runs, three hits and struck out five in three innings on the mound. Mount Tabor scored in the third inning on a Hank Niblock single, and a two-run double by Cory Matherly that put the Spartans in front 3-0.

Chance Richards came on in relief in the fourth inning and tossed three scoreless innings.

Watauga lost its second straight one-run game. The Pioneers held a 4-1 lead on A.C. Reynolds, but lost 5-4 in 10 innings to the Rockets.

Watauga’s game at Ardrey Kell, scheduled for Saturday, was postponed because of inclement weather.