BECKLEY - Sherman High southpaw John Hunter fanned 14 batters in a 5-inning mercy rule shortened contest and Aaron Lowe blasted his second home run in as man games as the Tide took down Greater Beckley Christian on the road, 17-0.
Hunter, a first team Class A All State slugger entered the game hitting over .500 on the season. The senior notched four hits including a double and five stolen bases but it was his dominance on the bump that dazzled those in attendance last Saturday.
“I was relying mainly on my fastball with the occasional curve and change-up. We played well as a team,” said Hunter after the game.
The 5-foot-10 160-pound hurler put on a masterful 2-hit performance over five frames. Hunter had 12 strikeouts entering the fifth inning and with the exception of a fly-out to right, fanned the side in the final frame to seal the win for Sherman.
“John was dominant and really hitting his spots all game. They didn’t have a base runner until the third,” said Sherman Coach Jeremiah Pettry.
Junior Aaron Lowe launched his second four-bagger in as many games for Sherman with a three run blast. The lefty has had a standout season on the mound and has warmed up in the batters box in recent contests.
Sherman (2-6) had dropped six straight after opening the season with a win over Class AAA Lincoln County. The Tide lost three games by a total of five runs and has labored through a tough schedule choc-full of ranked opponents.
“It was good to see us finally put a whole game together. We have some older players showing leadership and the win today was a team effort. The whole team hit the ball well,” said Pettry.
The Tide will travel to Lincoln County on April 14 and will be at Valley (Fayette) the following day before returning home for a rematch with cross-county rival Scott on April 17.
SHERMAN HITTING – Tyler Stewart was 3-for-3 with a double and three SBs, Trevor Fauber went 3-for-3 with a SB, Jacob Barnette went 3-for-3, Bailey Kirk was 2-for-2, Alex Bolinger went 1-for-2, Cody Hartsell was 1-for-2, Dwight Kile was 2-for-3 with a double and Trenton Sheppard went 1-for-2.