Midland Trail Middle doubled up visiting Valley on Tuesday to keep a strong softball season going.
The Patriots pushed across six runs in the second inning and five more in the fourth to get enough cushion for a 16-8 victory over the Greyhounds.
At the plate against Valley, Mia Nuckols was 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the way for the winners. Sydney Sheets and Layla Tompkins were both 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Pitcher Katie Hawkins logged a five-inning complete game, striking out eight and surrendering six hits.
Through Tuesday, Midland Trail's lone setback this year was a 7-3 verdict against Eastern Greenbrier early in the season, a contest that was tied until the final inning.
Midland Trail head coach Danielle Delgrande, in her second year, says the starting rotation features six of seven eighth-graders on the roster, as well as a pair of sixth-graders.
"These girls are extremely resilient," Delgrande said. "In at least four of the games, we're come from behind to win."
In 2018, as Ansted Middle, the squad posted a 7-6 record. "They've definitely matured in the last year," said Delgrande. "I'm just so proud of these girls.
"They've shown so much resilience and maturity, and they've worked to improve their game."
Trail was slated to play Collins Thursday night. The Patriots host Van on April 29 at 6 p.m.
For Valley on Tuesday, Rayne Hannigan was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, and Alanna McKenzie was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
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Also this week, the Collins Middle baseball team won a pair of games to remain unbeaten in its inaugural season.
On Tuesday, the Red Devils toppled Princeton 15-1. They followed that with a 22-2 thumping of Braxton County on Thursday. The verdicts boosted the Collins record to 12-0.
"The boys are full of knowledge of the game of baseball," said Collins head coach Darrell Compton. "We play very aggressive on the offensive side. I think it is a huge part of our success.
"We are very blessed with pitching. All these boys have played a lot of baseball."
A "strong batting lineup" led by seventh-graders Kyler Edwards (.520 batting average) and Jayden McLain (.484) paves the way for the Red Devils. Collins's team batting average is .336.
Eighth-graders Dylan Tincher, Gabe Truman, Conner Jones and Omar Lewis provide a solid foundation for the squad, Compton noted.
"We have a great mix of athletes, baseball players and kids that want to learn the game," he said.
The pitching staff is spearheaded by Tincher and Trent Rider. McLain has been an effective closer with an era of .000. Others contribute, as well.
In the field, Collins is "pretty strong across the board," said Compton.
"The main focus of having a first-year program is getting their heads right and keeping it right," he stressed. "The boys have been responding very well with the way we coach and play.
"The one thing that we have preached is to have fun. If you make a mistake, shake it off, fix it and forget about it. Baseball is such a mental game that if you are not having fun it will hurt you mentally and the team as well. We talk a lot about body language. (This is a) great group of boys that just love the game of baseball. They have all been taught well about the game."
Against Princeton, Rider was 2-for-2 and drove in two runs for Collins. Also, McLain was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Truman had a double and one RBI in three at-bats, Bailey Bess was 1-for-3 and knocked in two runs, Jones and Lewis each produced one RBI, and Tincher was 1-for-3.
Tincher earned the mound decision by fanning eight Princeton batters and yielding just one hit.
Jarvis was 1-for-2 for Princeton.
In the romp over Braxton County, CMS erupted for 16 combined runs in the third and fourth innings to cement the triumph.
Truman was 4-for-5 with four RBIs for the Red Devils, and Tincher was 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and four RBIs. Edwards went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBIs, and Jones (RBI), McLain (two RBIs), Bess (two RBIs) and Rider produced two base hits apiece.
Miller and Hunt each drove in a run for Braxton County.
Rider gained the mound win with relief aid from McLain and Truman.
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