North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

April 3, 2013

Baseball: Pinson Valley 10, Springville 0 (6 innings)

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

PINSON — Pinson Valley came away with a workmanlike but lopsided 10-0 win over Class 5A area foe Springville on Tuesday.

It was a top-notch pitching performance for Colby Wingard, who held the Tigers to just two hits while striking out five and allowing no walks. He faced just two batters more than the minimum.

The Indians got on the board first in the second inning, when Austin Little drove in the first run on a single to score courtesy runner Joseph Downing. Scott Falkinburg rapped a sharp base hit to center field that scored Austin and his brother Jason, who had reached base on a single.

Pinson struck again in the fifth when Tyler Evans singled and went to second on a throwing error, to third on a wild pitch and home on a passed ball. Later in the inning, the Indians loaded the bases, and pinch hitter Baker Hodge cleared them with a double to center. That hit marked the end of the day for Tiger starting pitcher Casey Mize.

The home team ended the game early when Jason Little’s sixth-inning double drove in two runs, and he then scored on Brent Stephens’ single to right.

Despite the mercy-rule win, there were some issues for the Indians — particularly on the base paths — that concerned coach Shane Chappell.

“I’ll take a 10-0 win any day, but going into the fifth inning we had 12 hits but only three runs because we made so many baserunning mistakes,” Chappell said. “We’ve got to start creating good habits on a consistent basis, because we’re getting deeper in the year close to the playoffs, and we don’t want to get there with bad habits.”

Chappell also said Wingard had issues hitting his spots with pitches, despite his good stats line for the day.

“Never complain with a win, but we still need to clean things up and be more consistent,” Chappell said.

The two teams tangle again on Thursday at Springville, if the forecast of storms holds off; if not, Friday would be a possible make-up day. Pinson is now 3-0 in area play, and a win guarantees them a berth in the playoffs.