West Point loses hard fought game against Saltillo

Eric Pittman
Staff Writer

West Point dropped its second straight division game 9-6 to Saltillo on Wednesday night.
Ryan Crowley started on the mound for the Green Wave and pitched a productive six innings. West Point played a solid game but could not quite get the victory as Saltillo hit the ball well throughout the game.
“I’m disappointed that we lost, but I am proud of our team’s effort,” said Head Coach Blake Hutchison. “Honestly, we got out played and they hit the ball well offensively.”
The Wave stood strong defensively from the opening pitch. In the first inning, catcher Jason Barnette caught the first of three base-runners on a steal attempt.
“He looked really good (catching) and offensively he’s been doing really well for us,” Hutchison said. “He’s having a great senior year but he’s got to keep it up.”
Center fielder Jeffrey Drake also showed some playmaking ability with a spectacular diving catch in the gap to deny Saltillo’s scoring opportunity. West Point came to bat in the bottom of the inning and tried to push a run across. Barnett (2-4) hit a hot shot to second for a base hit and Drake (2-4 RBI, BB) followed with an infield base hit as he beat out a slow roller to short. Keonte Hampton (1-4 BB) stepped to the plate with a runner in scoring position but popped out to first. The opportunity was there, but the Wave couldn’t capitalize.
See more of this story in Friday's Daily Times Leader.