The PikeView Panther baseball team is spending this week getting ready for the regional semi-final game against the River View Raiders.

PikeView claimed the Region III, Section IV championship last week with victories over James Monroe and Bluefield to advance to the regional round. The Panthers enjoyed their sectional championship victory but quickly put their focus on the next game.

“It was a good win, however in a good way for our program we immediately looked past those two games and put all focus on the region,” said PikeView Head Coach Josh Wyatt. “I think that is a testament to where our program is headed and how the overall goal has progressed for our boys. They want more than a sectional championship and seem very hungry for four more wins.”

PikeView will enter the regional round on a hot streak having gone 14-1 in their last 15 games. The hot streak started for the Panthers on their annual trip to Myrtle Beach where they won their final three games there to win their division in the Mingo Bay Classic.

The trip to the beach has historically been a good trip for the Panthers as it seems to bring them closer together as a group and their record following the trip over the last few years seems to back that up.

“Coaching at PikeView is a great thing, we are a family here and it is a very special group,” said Wyatt. “This group is very loyal to one another and with that comes dependability. We are looking forward and are very grateful for the opportunity we have coming up.”

The matchup against River View will be a re-match from games played earlier in the year. The two teams played back on May 1 in a double header. PikeView was able to get the win in both games, picking up an 11-1 victory in game one and a 6-0 win in game two.

“River View has some pitching that we have not seen that has won a lot of ball games for them this year,” said Wyatt. “We understand that this is going to be a battle but we have to stick to the type of play that has brought us to this point. If we can get all phases of our game going like it's capable then we can give the fans of PikeView baseball something to be excited and proud about over the next two weeks.”

PikeView will host River View on Monday, May 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Ritchie Field. If PikeView is victorious they would also get to host the regional final next week.

— Contact Jordan Ellison at ellisonj27@gmail.com

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