Westview ran its NECC baseball record to 5-1 last Thursday night with a 7-4 victory over county rival Prairie Heights at Kellett Field in Brushy Prairie.
The Warriors jumped out to a 6-1 lead with two runs in the third and four more in the fourth. Judah Zickafoose knocked in two of the markers with a single and a fielder’s choice. Luke Miller, Kohle Christner and Brant Yoder also lined RBI safeties.
PrairieHeightsbattled back with three runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth to slice the Westview lead to 6-4. Spencer High and Spencer Hess each drew bases-loaded walks to plate two of the tallies, while an error on a ground ball off the bat of Joey Barry brought home the third score.
The Panthers loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning, but consecutive strikeouts by Warrior pitcher Damon Miller ended the threat. After Westview tacked on a run in the top of the seventh, Prairie Heights filled the sacks again in its last at bat, but could not push across any more runs.
Zickafoose, Christner and Adrian Brandenberger each rapped a couple of hits for the Warriors. Matt Handshoe and Cory Johnson both had two base knocks for the Panthers.
Weaver pitched the initial 3.1 innings for Westview and got the win. Austin Schlabach relieved Weaver in the fourth and worked the next 1.1 frames. Miller finished up and earned a save.
Johnson took the loss for Prairie Heights, striking out four and walking one in six innings. Quinton Holloway tossed the final frame.