MAN — The Man High School baseball team is in a slump to say the least.
On Monday night at home the Hillbillies lost 5-4 to Van, falling to 2-8 on the season.
Man’s lone wins have come on the road at Van and at Westside.
The Hillbillies have yet to win a game at home this season.
It doesn’t get any easier as Man is scheduled to play host to Class AA No. 1-ranked Chapmanville Regional on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first off junior right-handed hurler Cameron Simpson.
Tyler Stewart reached on a one out single followed by a double in the right field gap by Phillip Powell, scoring Stewart to make it 1-0. Simpson then fanned Jacob Hoke for the second out but Greg Lail then got an RBI single, scoring Powell to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage. Simpson then struck out Cole Price to end the inning.
The Billies cut the Van deficit in half, scoring one run in the bottom of the first off Bulldogs’ starter Logan Krause. Kenny Jo Adkins reached on a one out single and later scored on an RBI single off the bat of senior John Thomas Keffer to make it 2-1.
The second and third innings were scoreless.
Van pushed its lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning off Simpson. With one out Man outfielder Dylan Goodman lost a pop up in the lights off the bat of Lail. Simpson then fanned Price for the second out.
Brady Grant then got an RBI single, scoring Lail to make it 3-1 and Grant then stole second base and later scored on a throwing error by Man to take a 4-1 lead.
Man then cut the lead in half at 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning off Krause. Chase Harvey got a two-out double and scored on an RBI double by Adkins. Krause then fanned Simpson to strand Adkins at second.
The Billies tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth inning off Van releiver Phillip Powell. Keffer led off with a walk. Seth Chapman then ripped a double, scoring Keffer to make it 4-3. Tyler Blair then singled and Powell then struck out Nick Collins. Freshman Zack Cook then got a field choice ground ball RBI, scoring Chapman to tie the game up at 4-4. Krause then fanned John McCoy to end the rally.
The Bulldogs’ Stewart later reached on a one out walk, then stole second and third. Powell was then hit by a pitch and Jacob Hoke hit a grounder to Man’s third baseman Keffer and he then gunned down Stewart at the plate for the second out as Powell moved over the third base.
Then, in what proved to be the winning run, Powell was able to steal home on a passed ball to make it 5-4. Goodman then got Lail to ground out to end the inning.
Powell then got Man out in order, fanning Harvey and Adkins and got Simpson to fly out to center to end the game and preserve the 5-4 win for the Bulldogs.
Lail was 2-for-4 to lead the Van bats. He also had an RBI.
Stewart, Powell, Grant and Daniel Gibson had one hit each for the Bulldogs.
For Man, Adkins and Blair had two hits each. Harvey, Keffer and Chapman had one hit each.
Powell got the win on the mound. He pitched two innings in relief with four strikeouts and gave up two hits and walked none.
Goodman suffered the loss for the Billies as he pithced two innings in relief with three strikeouts and two walks.