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Wayne’s Adkins tosses 62-pitch complete game; Pioneers defeat Hillbillies 8-2

Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports


MAN  Wayne High School junior Parker Adkins did something in Monday’s 8-2 win over the Class A No. 8 Man Hillbillies that is rarely accomplished in today’s pitch count driven sport of high school baseball.


Adkins tossed a 62-pitch complete game, allowing just two unearned runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one hit batter in the Pioneer’s win over the Hillbillies at William “Tootie” Carter Athletic Field.


Picking apart the Man lineup, Adkins threw 50 of his 62 pitches for strikes, yielding four singles and a double as Wayne handed the Hillbillies a fourth loss in their last five games.


Adkins faced 27 batters, averaged 8.9 pitches per inning, threw 10 or fewer pitches in five of his seven innings and threw two or more balls to just four hitters in the Man lineup.


Austin Porter broke a 1-1 tie in the third with a sacrifice fly of Man starter Noah Maynor. Maynor, a freshman, allowed just one hit in the first two innings against Wayne, but was pulled with two outs in the third after allowing two runs.


Maynor allowed two unearned runs on two hits, struck out three, walked two and hit one in 2 2/3 innings and was credited with the loss.


Man jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Luke Haney scored on a throwing error. The Pioneers tied it in the third when Lucas Queen walked and came around to score on a Hillbilly throwing error and took the lead for good on Porter’s sacrifice fly.


The Pioneers added to their lead with two runs in the fourth off Hillbillies reliever Cam Gerace. With two outs, Brady Dyer hit a fly ball that left fielder Gavin Bartram appeared to catch on the dive, however, the ball hit the ground before landing in Bartram’s glove allowing Riley Brown and Queen to score making it 4-1.


Porter later added a two-run double in the sixth inning to extend Wayne’s lead to 6-1 and in the bottom of the sixth, Man’s Bo Thompson flew out to left field to cut the deficit to 6-2.


Queen produced a two-out two-run single in the seventh to increase the Pioneers lead to 8-2 and Adkins needed just 10 pitches to retire the Hillbillies in the bottom of the seventh.


Porter had two hits and three RBIs and Dyer added two hits to go along with two RBIs as well for Wayne. Queen had one hit, drove in two and scored two while Tanner McMillion and Levi Queen each had one hit.


Braxton Messer had two hits including a double for Man and Landon Cantrell, Gavyn Cline and Hunter Gibson each had one hit with Thompson driving in one run for the Hillbillies.


Wayne improved to 13-12 while Man fell to 14-9 with the loss.


The Hillbillies will host sectional foe Tug Valley Wednesday evening at William “Tootie” Carter Athletic Field.


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