WHEELING - It is not always how many hits you get in a baseball game, sometimes it is just a matter of when you get them.
Streaking Morgantown came to Holloway Field on Tuesday having scored 42 runs and averaging 16 hits in its last three games, however, while it was able to muster four this time, it was enough to squeak out a victory against powerful Linsly.
Tyler Shorter's two-out, two-run double in the top of the sixth capped a three-run rally and Nicklas Gallagher entered in relief and recorded the final five outs as Morgantown posted a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory against the Cadets.
The Mohigans move to 17-6 while Cartwright's squad falls to 20-3, but will get an opportunity for revenge this afternoon when it returns the visit to Morgantown. Linsly will also travel to the J.B. Chamber's I-470 Sports Complex on Thursday for a makeup affair with city rival Wheeling Central at 5 p.m.
"That is some pretty good pitching Linsly throws," Morgantown coach Mark McCarty said. "They throw hard and really come at you. We have really been hitting the ball, scoring 15, 18 and nine runs in our last three games and averaging about 16 hits, so what they did to us tells you a lot about that team."
"We normally don't get the chance to play in many close games either, so this is something that we really needed."
Each team scored a run in the first, Morgantown on a lead-off triple by Alex Weidman and Nick Colasante's run-scoring fielder's choice, while the Cadets got the first of four hits from Arien Seymour in the bottom half of the frame, moved him to third on an error and sacrifice bunt and knotted the score on Momo Felt's fielder's choice.
With Linsly starting pitcher Jameson Murray coming off the mound with an apparent hand injury two pitches into the second inning, Seymour took the hill and was spectacular, fanning five and walking two while not allowing a hit for four innings.
Meanwhile, the Cadets took advantage of a big error to plate a pair of unearned runs in the fourth and jump ahead. Logan Goodnight, who pitched the final two frames and took the loss, singled leading off, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on the Morgantown miscue. Seymour then singled down the left-field line and Colton Coss' base hit scored Dillon Curtin, who had reached on the error, to make it a 3-1 count.
However, with Seymour back in center field, the Mohigans went to work with singles from Colasante and Connar Leone to begin the sixth, putting runners at first and third. Abbie Eddy's fielder's choice plated a run and made it 3-2, leaving Eddy at first. After Blaine Stewart worked a 3-2 walk, Shorter launched the two-run double to deep left pushing across a pair for a 4-3 lead.
Linsly did get a one-out single from Seymour in the sixth, who was eventually stranded at third, and a lead-off base hit from Felt in the seventh, but he was left standing at second. Overall, the Cadets left 10 on base, seven in scoring position.
"We pitched well, we fielded well and we played well. We just stranded an awful lot of runners," Cartwright said. "Morgantown didn't get many hits, but they got clutch hits and that was the difference.
"It is a tough loss, but we played a complete game. I felt like we did what we needed to do at times, but we just didn't do quite enough and sometimes that happens. They were just a little better, but we get another shot at them."