GARDNER — The PikeView sectional season started out with a bang with a 16-0 win over River View, but faltered against Shady Springs losing 10-0 in the second game.
In the opening round of the Class AA, Region 3, Section 2 tournament, PikeView’s baseball team hammered out 16 hits while four Panthers pitchers combined for eight strikeouts and allowed only three hits over visiting River View on Monday.
Anthony Bisaha had a pair of triples and three RBIs for PikeView and Chase Watkins went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Tyler Cook went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kobey Taylor-Williams went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
Andrew White and Peyton Meadows both doubled and Garrett Auville, Austin Cooper and Peyton Hale each scratched out a hit for the Raiders.
Game two on Tuesday saw Shady Spring scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to close out a six-inning shutout at Shady Spring.
Tommy Williams struck out eight and walked none as he two-hit PikeView over the first five innings. Nick Cooper came on in the sixth, striking out one and allowing one hit.
Noel Sizemore had a solo home run for the Tigers while Matt St. Claire went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Justin Lovell had a triple and an RBI for Shady.
Chase Watkins, Anthony Bisaha and Kobey Taylor-Williams had a hit apiece for the Panthers. Peyton Meadows absorbed the loss, striking out five and walking one over three innings.
On Thursday's decisive game against Bluefield to determine who faced Shady Springs, three Bluefield pitchers kept PikeView hitters more or less at bay and the Beavers took a 20-10 win over the Panthers in Class AA, Region 3, Section 2 loser’s bracket play at Bowen Field.
Carson Deeb, Kerry Collins and Boo Fuller combined to hold the Panthers to 10 runs off 13 hits.
The Panthers, whose season ended with the loss, kept things lively. PikeView led 5-3 after two innings before Bluefield added six in the third and four in the fourth to put the Panthers behind for good.
Even so, PikeView scrapped to stay alive, plating three runners in the fifth and two in the sixth to cut the game to 14-10. It took a six-run Beavers rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to end it all on the 10-run rule.