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Baseball: Stanley’s Key Hit Helps Linlsy Rally By Weir

March 23, 2012
By NICK BEDWAY , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Haydon Stanley's key two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning wiped out a 2-1 deficit to spark Linsly to a 4-2 victory against visiting Weir in a darkness-abbreviated game Thursday night at Holloway Field.

The Cadets (3-1) added another run on Michael Joseph's RBI base knock in the bottom of the fifth just before the game was halted because of visibility concerns by the umpires.

''We didn't get a lot of hits (five) but got a couple in the clutch that helped us pull this one out,'' Linsly coach Jay Cartwright said. ''Early in the season it's good for us to be in a tight ball game like this. Our pitchers and our hitters were in some tight spots and they responded well.''

Although the Red Riders ended up on the short end of the scoreboard, Coach Bob Rosnick took some consolation with the way his young team rebounded from a one-sided loss to Wheeling Park the previous evening.

''We were a little more competitive,'' Rosnick said as he is back in charge of the Weir program after having led the Hancock County club to a West Virginia Class AA state championship in 2004 and a return trip to the final four the following season. ''This is a very young team and it's a learning process every day.

''We just couldn't get that one hit or that one defensive play that might have put us over the top.''

The Red Riders managed one hit off the combined pitching of Arien Seymour and Jimmy Brinsky. Seymour had some control problems during his four innings on the hill as he walked six and struck out five.

After loading the bases on walks in the third inning, he yielded a ringing two-run double down the left-field line to Will Larch that scored Ryan Duke and Josh Russell. Seymour was spared a third run on the hit when the ball rolled under the fence for a ground-rule double that forced Matt Cessna to stop at third.

The Cadets got out of the inning when Jeremy Swartzmiller was retired on a ground ball to third baseman Jameson Murray.

''I was pleased with defense and our pitching,'' Cartwright said. ''Our sophomore battled through a couple of tough innings. When you walk guys and get to the middle of the lineup, they are going to make you pay.''

In the first inning, the Cadets were charged with their only error as Duke reached safely on his bunt when Leighton Gibson couldn't handle a throw at first base. With the bases loaded, Larch dropped down a surprise bunt but Linsly catcher Neil Tennant quickly pounced on the ball in front of the plate and his throw to Gibson ended the threat.

Cartwright brought Jimmy Brinsky in to pitch the top of the fifth and, despite allowing one walk, he struck out the three, four and six Red Riders hitters.

The Cadets got on the scoreboard without benefit of a hit in the bottom of the second. Joseph walked, was sacrificed to second by Tennant and came around to score as Zac Knuutila fielded Murray's one hopper back to the mound but slipped while turning to make the play at first and wound up throwing the ball away for a two-base error.

Trailing 2-1, Linsly regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Tennant singled and Colton Coss drew a walk. With one out, Murray was retired on a ground ball to the right side that allowed both courtesy runner Domenic Ellis and Coss to advance once base each. Stanley, after singling and walking in his previous trips to the plate, took Ryan Mendenhall's off-speed delivery to right center for the two-run single.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gibson's line shot down the right-field line bounced over the fence for another book rule double and one out later, Joseph's hard ground ball found its way into left center through the drawn-in infield to give the Cadets a two-run cushion. Tennant reached on an error at third base at which time the umpires decided to halt the game.

''I thought Weir played well against us," Cartwright said. ''Their pitchers threw strikes and they played defense. When you do that, you are going to be in a lot of ball games. We made some solid contact but their outfielders ran down several balls that might have gone for hits.''

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