The Rossview High seniors who lined up along the first base line with their parents and coaches to be honored during the Hawks’ baseball Senior Night Monday took a little extra pride in accomplishing what few programs in the history of District 10 baseball has done.
Last week, Rossview captured another regular season district championship, extending its run of dominance to three straight years. And the feat was not lost on seniors like Venn Biter, Trey Martin, Taylor Mahowald, Josh Haley, Jeremy Gonzalez, Janson Roberson and Kyle Anderson.
The seven graduates-to-be lit up West Creek as the regular season winds down and the District 10-AAA tournament begins later this week. Rossview scored 10 runs in the first inning and scored nine in the fourth to crush the Coyotes 19-0 in five frames Monday night at Hawks Stadium.
“It was Senior Night so we had a lot of energy and we were fortunate enough to put the bat on the ball against a good pitcher,” Rossview coach Jason Rice said. “We had some plays fall our way and we also drove some balls so that first inning was certainly good for us.”
It was not good for West Creek starting pitcher Jose Poindexter and his teammates. Poindexter had a wild pitch and his teammates contributed with two passed balls and three outfield errors on fly balls that helped Rossview runners cross homeplate 10 times in the bottom of the first. Poindexter, who has been one of the solid pitchers in the district this season, was relieved in the bottom of the second as was two of West Creek’s three outfielders.
“I was looking for something,” West Creek coach Will Jobe said. “I was looking for some kind of spark, some emotion, some pride from our guys. It just wasn’t there to start the game. I thought we played a bit better in the second and third innings but then we give up nine in fourth and basically one error cost us four runs. You cannot do that against a Rossview team.”
West Creek (7-15, 2-8) was held to just three hits as Rossview’s Taylor Mahowald, who holds the school’s all-time career wins record for a pitcher, notched another victory in five innings of work.
The Hawks (22-9, 9-1) had five hits in the bottom of the first, including doubles by Mahowald and Anderson and a Truman Brown triple. Those three hits alone accounted for five runs as the wheels fell off for West Creek.
It was Brown’s leadoff base hit that started it as Kevin Kane also singled.
“I think we gave them about eight outs in that inning,” Jobe said. “It just completely got away from us.”
The second and third innings were clean for the Coyotes defense until Rossview reignited the spark in the fourth. This time it was Anderson’s solo home run to left field that led off the bottom half off Coyotes reliever Peyton Burks. Roberson, Brown and Gonzalez would collect RBI base hits and Biter’s single pushed Rossview’s lead to 14-0. West Creek’s fifth of six errors on the night allowed a 15th Hawks run and Kane would crush a three-RBI triple before Roberson’s RBI double ended the burst.
It was an impressive display of hitting from a team that has been the most consistent offensive giant in the district during its three-year title run.
“It was a situation where we wanted our seniors to hit,” Rice said. “If anything we want to go into the district tournament with the right approach.”
The tournament begins Friday at two sites. The top two seeds, Rossview and Clarksville High will host its own double-elimination tournament. Rossview will play host Friday against the winner of the play-in game.
Rossview 19, West Creek 0
West Creek 000 00 – 0 3 6
Rossview (10)00 9x – 19 14 0
RHS: Taylor Mahowald and Trey Martin; WC: Jose Poindexter, Peyton Burks (3) and Kyle Esquilin
WP – Mahowald, LP – Poindexter
Hitters: RHS: Truman Brown: two singles, triple, 2 RBIs. Mahowald: double, 5 RBIs. Anderson: double, 2 RBIs. Kane: single, triple, 3 RBIs. Roberson: two singles, double, 2 RBIs. Gonzalez: double, single. Biter: single, RBI.
HR – RHS: Anderson
Records: West Creek (7-15, 2-8), Rossview (22-9, 9-1).