Warriors emerge champions of Pikeville tourney

from staff reports

   PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- The Happy Valley baseball team is having a banner season, and in the Warriors' case, the rich got richer over the last two days.
   Showing a flair for the dramatic, the Warriors won three one-run games to capture the Pikeville (Ky.) Tournament of Champions.
   Happy Valley (16-3) defeated host Pikeville, Ky., 5-4 in Saturday's championship game, riding a 4-for-4 effort from Todd Caldwell, who also had an RBI.
   Shannon Buchanan was the winning pitcher, upping his record to 4-0, and Caldwell recorded a save.
   The Warriors erased a 2-0 deficit, scoring three in the third and two more in the fifth to seize a 5-2 lead.
   Earlier in the day, a five-run fourth and the booming bats of Ricky Morgan and Caldwell helped the Warriors edge past Paintsville, Ky., 8-7.
   Morgan led with a 4-for-4, two-RBI day, and Caldwell was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
   Outhitting Paintsville 15-7, Happy Valley allowed its opponent to stay in the game by committing five errors.
   Whaley perservered on the mound, improving to 4-0 on the season.
   The Warriors started the tournament with a 3-2 win over Madison, Ind., on Friday.
   It was a unique victory for the Warriors, who prevailed on just one hit. They had no hits entering the seventh, and trailed 2-0, but Allen Dykes stroked a two-run single and Ryan Toney scored on a passed ball.
   Relieving Morgan, Josh Lowe took the hill in the sixth and picked up the win. Toney worked the seventh for a save.
   Happy Valley will host Unicoi County for a key Watauga Conference battle on Monday at 4 p.m.