VIENNA - Parkersburg Catholic used a strong start, pounding out eight hits en route to 12 first-inning runs, as the catalyst for a 21-8 five-inning baseball drubbing of visiting Tyler Consolidated Tuesday afternoon at Rosemar Road Fields.
The impressive win upped PC's record to 3-0, including 2-0 in the LKC North. The Crusaders next face visiting Williamstown in a key 3 p.m. LKC North clash Thursday.
Tyler actually took a 3-0 lead Tuesday in the top of the first before Catholic put up its 12-spot in the bottom of the inning, then added five more tallies in the second to take command of the game with a 17-3 advantage.
The Crusaders almost batted around twice in the first frame, parading 16 hitters to the plate, and followed that by sending 10 hitters to the dish in the second.
In the PC first, runs crossed the plate, in order, on two wild pitches, a sacrifice fly by Jake Boice, RBI single by winning pitcher Mike Hinton, 2-RBI singles by Nick Roedersheimer and Austin Luther, an error, Andrew Cinalli's fielder's choice, Kerry Casto's RBI single and another error - the third of the inning by Tyler.
In the five-run second inning, Catholic runs scored on 2-RBI singles by Ullman and Hinton, and a wild pitch.
In the PC third, Ullman doubled in two runs and Boice delivered another sacrifice fly, and Roedersheimer hit into a run-scoring out in the fourth.
For the Silver Knights, Koty Martin drove in two runs with a first-inning double and bases-loaded walk in the fourth, Austin Thompson had a pair of RBI singles in the first and third, two more runs were chalked up on double steals and the last two Tyler tallies came across on a fourth-inning Crusader error - the fourth such defensive miscue of the game by PC.
''We swung the bats pretty well,'' said Catholic head coach Tom Harvey, ''but we have to shore up our defense a little bit and throw some more strikes.
''Our effort was fine, although it's hard to stay focused sometimes in games like this. But they have to learn to do that.''
Harvey realizes that since '' this was only our third game, maybe I'm expecting too much too soon. But I think they've got a chance to be a good team. So I hope they realize it and put the effort in to hopefully do just that.''