ATHENA - Weston-McEwen improved to 7-1 in the Blue Mountain Conference and 12-2 overall here Tuesday afternoon with a 12-2 prep baseball victory over Pilot Rock.
The TigerScots managed just five hits in the game, but took advantage of six Rocket errors, five walks, three hit batters and three wild pitches to close out the game in five innings via the 10-run mercy rule.
"It was a pretty sloppy game," TigerScots coach T.J. Haguewood said. "But it was our first game at home and it felt good to be home. And I thought our pitcher threw a great game and allowed his defense to work for him, which will allow him to work deeper into games."
Senior Dallas Reich worked all five innings on the mound for W-M and allowed the Rockets just one hit. He finished with nine strikeouts and three walks.
Haguewood also liked what he saw in the field from his team and singled out Calvin Thacker for "some good plays at shortstop making throws on the run."
Offensively, no TigerScot finished with more than one hit.
"We could have hit the ball a little better," Haguewood said. "But there were several balls hit pretty well, and sometimes it's hard to square of on the ball when a pitcher isn't in the strike zone very often.
"But these are the kind of games we have to win and win handily, and we did."
Weston-McEwen returns to action Thursday when it entertains the Pendleton junior varsity in a 4:30 p.m. non-league single game.
Weston-McEwen 12, Pilot Rock 2
Pilot Rock 000 20 - 2 1 6
Weston-McEwen 163 2x - 12 5 0
Waite and Weinke; Reich and Salter.
Hits - Pilot Rock: Waite; W-M: Salter, C. Thacker, Reich, Croswell, L. Thacker.