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Price tops high school teammate for Pirates

LEADWOOD – Leadwood starting pitcher Zach Price completed a shutout against Arcadia Valley in a Senior Babe Ruth League game on Wednesday.

He recorded at least one strikeout in each inning to end with nine, and limited the Cyclones to five hits in the Pirates’ 9-0 victory.

Garrett Wilkinson, a former Potosi teammate of Price, also notched a complete game for Arcadia Valley in defeat. He allowed 15 hits while striking out eight.

The first hit allowed by Wilkinson was a triple by Price during the first inning. Price also contributed a single and an RBI toward the win.

Blake Barlow and Ty Simily each posted an RBI in the inning for a quick 2-0 lead.

Jared Jones finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to lead the Leadwood offense. His second double nearly left the field, but deflected off the top railing of the fence.

Simily added three RBI with two hits for the Pirates. Garrett Winkler and Barlow also tallied two hits apiece.

The Cyclones had several opportunities to chip away at the deficit, but could not generate the power to get runners across the plate.

Ethan Nixon was caught attempting to steal third base for the final out of fourth inning to waste a prime scoring chance.

Peyton Whited recorded a bunt single in the fourth, and finished with two hits to lead Arcadia Valley. Takota Jones, Justin Rowland, and Nixon each finished with one.

Hayden Roney, Zach Francis, Connor Yordy, and Keenan Johnson each posted a hit for Leadwood.

The Pirates piled on their last four runs during the sixth for their most productive inning of the contest. They scored in every frame except the third.

Winkler led off the inning with a triple, and later scored on an error for a 6-0 advantage. Jones stepped to the plate moments later with the bases loaded, and singled in Peyton Nipper.

Simily followed with a two-RBI single to cap the scoring. Wilkinson struck out the next two batters to finish the inning.

Price faced four batters in the seventh, and struck out two before fielding a grounder to record the final out of the game.

Arcadia Valley was hindered by three defensive errors, while the Pirates finished without a miscue.

Pirates pitcher Zach Price (24) rears back to throw during the first inning of a 9-0 shutout win over the Cyclones on Wednesday.

Pirates pitcher Zach Price (24) rears back to throw during the first inning of a 9-0 shutout win over the Cyclones on Wednesday.

Cyclones pitcher Garrett Wilkinson (32) delivers during the second inning of a MABA Senior Babe Ruth game against the Pirates on Wednesday.

Cyclones pitcher Garrett Wilkinson (32) delivers during the second inning of a MABA Senior Babe Ruth game against the Pirates on Wednesday.

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