by Gregg Meadows
Coach Kevin Yoder’s Tri-Valley baseball team finds themselves – just like the rest of area squads – at the mercy of Mother Nature, as the next-to-last week of the 2021 regular season starts with rain in the forecast, and cancellations and schedule changes on the way – again – most likely.
The Scotties currently sport a solid 12-4 overall record and 8-3 mark in Muskingum Valley League ‘Big School’ division play – just a game back of division leader River View in the loss column. Rain and soggy field conditions forced the cancellation of two attempts (Apr. 29 and 30) of getting in the TV vs New Lexington game at Wolford Park last week (the game is tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, May 4) and rain in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday of this week makes it doubtful that the Dawgs – or anyone – will play until the middle of the week. Stay tuned.
Tri-Valley was last in action on the diamond back on Wednesday, Apr. 28 at New Concord, when the Scotties beat host John Glenn for the second time this season – a 4-1 win over the Muskies that saw the black and gold make the most of their seven hits, and get a standout performance on the mound from sophomore hurler Hansel Holmes.
The Scotties got on the board first in this well-played game, as TV junior Ty Smith’s third inning rbi double scored Aidan Fritter for a 1-0 lead. The Muskies answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of that inning, and the score remained tied until Luke Hill’s fifth inning rbi single put the Scotties up for good. Landon Harney followed with an rbi single of his own, then Aidan Fritter clubbed a solo round-tripper in the sixth inning to supply the visitors all the offense they would need in their 4-1 win.
Luke Hill led Scottie hitters with his double and pair of singles, while Hansel Holmes kept the Muskies off of the base paths from the mound for the winners, with his complete-game five-hitter, which included eight strikeouts of JG batters.
Weather permitting – the Diamond Dawgs schedule for this week looks like this: Monday and Tuesday night Kenny Wolford park visits from Maysville, then New Lexington; a Thursday, May 6 trip to West Muskingum, then a Friday, May 7 return to the friendly confines of Wolford Park, as the Scotties welcome first-year MVL member (and ‘Small School’ division leaders) the Meadowbrook Colts. Tri-Valley ends the week with a Saturday, May 8 trip to non-league Watkins Memorial.