The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Koy Archer was among four seniors for senior night Friday.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Koy Archer was among four seniors for senior night Friday.

NEW MARKET – Southmont looked to come out and turn some heads on their Senior Night Friday against Danville. The Warriors rode on timely hitting to get ahead early and clutch pitching by their pitcher to stay ahead and defeat the Mounties 5-2.

Following two quick, uneventful innings, Danville jumped out to an early lead after a double and RBI single by Collin Rutan in the third. They added another just an inning later after a lead-off walk and a pair of singles.

In the meantime, Danville pitcher Riley Weston was dealing. Weston only allowed one hit through five innings and ended the game by only giving up three.

“We had a bad approach at the plate and that showed with all of our easy outs and pop-ups. We have team speed but in order to utilize that we need to hit the ball on the ground rather than trying to swing for the fences,” Southmont coach Jamie Welliever said.

Danville would go on to score three runs in the seventh to make the score 5-0 going into the bottom of the seventh. That is when the Mountie offense came alive.

Southmont senior Zach Worm started off the inning with a single up the middle. Senior Aaron Cox and junior Risty Bullerdick followed it up with walks. Brandon Rogers knocked in a run and an error by Danville brought the score to 5-2.

Weston closed the door to get the win for Danville and earn the complete game. Weston threw seven innings on 86 pitches, striking out two and walking three.

Welliever praised his seniors (Koy Archer, Aaron Cox, Hunter Isenberg, Zach Worm) after the game, “I’ve been coaching this group of boys for six years now. They’re a really good bunch and do things the right way by example. We have been blessed to have them around the last couple years. I want Southmont baseball to be known for quality men like them.”