Jr. Warriors  sweep Bars

By B.J. Guinn

   The Happy Valley Junior Warriors hosted Boones Creek Middle School Friday evening at Cannon-Gouge Park in the Valley, where the Warriors were hooked on the number 8, scoring as many in both ends of the twin bill.
   They won the first contest 8-3 and the nightcap 8-1.
   In Game 1, the Warriors got a strong showing on the hill from lefty Todd Caldwell, who threw a complete-game three-hitter with 8 K's, two walks and only three hits allowed in route to the 8-3 win.
   Caldwell also helped his own cause at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a sacrifice.
   The Warrior offense was led by catcher Ryan Garland, who was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and three stolen bases. Right fielder Kevin Jessee was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
   Ricky Morgan contributed a hit, run and RBI in three chances. Alan Dykes, Andrew Norman, Drew Davis and Ryan May added one hit apiece with May and B.J. Townsend accounting for the final two runs for the Warriors.
   The Bars had a little tougher time with the bats as Caldwell was moving the ball around well, not giving them many good pitches to hit.
   Josh Vittatoe, Josh Aldridge and Cody Rhodes each collected one hit in the game. Vittatoe, Aldridge, and Brett Ploucha each crossed the plate once for the boys in red.
   Dylan Honeycutt started on the mound for Boones Creek and went into the third before being relieved by Matt Humphrey, who went the rest of the way. The Warrior bats were just too hot, collecting 12 total hits without a strikeout in the 8-3 win.
   Game 2 only lasted three innings due to darkness, but the outcome was pretty much the same.
   It did start off better for Boones Creek, however, as it took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the first with Derek Fields scoring the go-ahead run after reaching on a free pass and scoring on a wild pitch.
   The enthusiasm in the Boones Creek dugout was short lived as the Warriors exploded for six runs in their half of the first. Garland, Davis, Caldwell, Morgan, Daniel Guinn Ryan May all scored as the offense batted around. Andrew Norman and Morgan scored in the second to finish out the scoring in the game.
   Morgan and Alan Dykes combined to throw no-hit ball for three innings. Morgan started on the mound and gave up the one run in the first, but after that struck out the side in the second frame.
   Dykes threw just six pitches in the third to close it out and record an 8-1 victory.
   Boones Creek started Cree Hyder, who allowed three hits and three walks in the first and was hurt by a couple of costly miscues before being relieved by Josh Aldridge.
   Aldridge surrendered two hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings, striking out three, walking one and hitting two.
   The 6-1 Warriors will be back on the field Tuesday afternoon at home to take on the Hampton Jr. Bulldogs. Game time is scheduled for 4 at Cannon-Gouge Field.