Trey Honts assured a good start to a busy week for the Alleghany Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers’ senior righthander pitched a five-inning shutout Monday, and his mates backed him with a seven-run fourth, as Alleghany decisioned Floyd County, 10-0.
With the win, the Mountaineers improved to 9-1 in the Three Rivers District, 13-4 overall. They return to action this afternoon, facing Giles.
Honts ran his scoreless innings streak to 14.2 by scattering three hits, fanning five and walking no Buffaloes. His five-inning shutout came on the heels of 8.2 innings of scoreless baseball he threw at James River last week.
“Trey pitched well,” coach Gary Rice said. “We did what we had to do.”
The Mountaineers manufactured a run in the first. Honts walked, stole second and went to third on a Triston Hensley groundout to the right side. Cade Nicely then delivered a sacrifice fly, scoring Honts and giving the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
Singles by Colby Skidmore and Nic Bowling led to a second Alleghany run in the second, and they followed that with a seven-run fourth.
The Mountaineers sent 12 hitters to the plate in the big inning, coupling four hits with three Floyd County errors, a walk and a two hit batsmen to give Honts a comfortable working margin.
A Sam Craft hit opened the inning, while a little later, Bowling delivered a two-run single. Honts had a bunt hit, and Hensley hit one off the screen in right to plate another run, as the Mountaineers constructed a 9-0 lead.
They ended it in the fifth when Bowling was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Cody Via single.
Bowling was 2-for-2 on the afternoon with two runs scored and three RBIs. He was also hit by a pitch.
Honts, Hensley, Via, Craft and Skidmore had the other Alleghany knocks.
Nicely had a couple of RBIs and had a triple wiped out when the umpire ruled he missed first base.
“We didn’t swing the bats particularly well,” Rice said. “A bunch of off-speed stuff kept us off balance.”
Alleghany catcher Brian Broughman had the game’s defensive gem when he challenged the backstop to haul in a foul pop for the first out in the fifth.
Daryn Hilemon also had several fine defensive plays at third, and the Mountaineers ended the Floyd fifth with a double play.
“A good start,” said Rice, alluding to a busy week ahead for his Mountaineers. “We’re waiting on Giles tomorrow.”