GILBERT – A few days ago Mingo Central traveled to McDowell County and defeated Mt. View on their home turf. Wednesday night Mt. View returned the favor as the downed the Miners 8-6 at the old Gilbert High School field.
Mt. View opened the game with three runs in the 1st inning. Three Mingo Central errors helped the Knights get the lead.
Mingo Central regained the lead in the bottom of the 1st inning thanks to a double by Josh May and a single by Alex Lee. Both players had two RBIs with those hits and gave MCHS 4-0.
Mt. View tied the game in the 2nd frame and took a 5-4 lead in the 4th inning. Josh May tied the game with an RBI single in the 5th inning for Mingo Central scoring his brother John May who had smacked another double.
But Mt. View scored three runs in the top of the 6th inning, but all of the runs were unearned thanks to two MCHS errors. One run was scored on a bases loaded walk.
The Miners got one run back in the bottom of the 6th after Jacob Staton singled and went to second on an infield single by Joe May. Staton eventually scored on a groundout by Austin Reed.
Chris Atkins was the tough-luck losing pitcher for the Miners. Garth Simpkins came in to relieve him in teh 6th inning.
“We didn’t back up our pitcher,” head Coach Walt Cline said. “We made too many defensive mistakes and mental errors.”
Bryan Villanueva was the winning hurler for Mt. View. Tyler Woolridge had a triple and double to lead the Knights at the plated.
Mingo Central is now 7-7 on the season, while Mt. View improved to 2-7.
Score by innings:
MV … 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 – 8
MC … 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 - 6