By TRACY WATSON
For The Intelligencer
GLEN DALE - When it comes to a tournament such as the Beast of the East, the two main things managers are looking to do are win baseball games and preserve pitching.
Moundsville Post 3 boss Bill Burkett was able to accomplish both Thursday morning as the Marshall County squad got off to a good start.
Joey Myers pitched a complete game, scattering seven hits, and Moundsville did enough at the plate to record an opening-game, 6-0 victory against the Brampton (Canada) Royals to officially get the 2013 Beast of the East Tournament unde rway at Monarch Field.
"Yeah, pitching is always a big concern in this tournament and you always want to win," Burkett said. "We got one under our belts, hopefully we can keep winning."
Post 3 cracked the scoring column in the opening frame on Ryan Walton's fielder's choice, however, they did not have a hit and could take no further advantage of three walks and a hit batsman, leaving the bases loaded.
Things weren't much different in the bottom of the second as Brampton got two quick outs before a Ryan Hughes single, a second hit batter, another walk and a wild pitch made it 2-0, but again Moundsville left a pair.
Former John Marshall catcher Zach Winland came up with the big play in the top of the third to prevent a run. With runners at first and second and two down, Keegan Murphy dropped a base hit into right field that Winland bare-handed before tossing a strike to Alex Riedel behind the plate who made the tag on a bang-bang play for the final out of the frame.
Burkett's bunch finally broke it open a little in the fourth with five hits, including a Winland RBI single and Mark Walker's two-run double to deep left that made it a 5-0 advantage. The final run came via a single, two walks and a wild pitch.
Brampton got its leadoff hitter to third in the top of first, but never passed second base the remainder of the contest.
"Myers pitched a good game, but thankfully we have been getting a lot of that and having pitchers go late into games," Burkett added. "But we haven't done a very good job of getting hits the last couple games. When we do get on we are leaving too many runners, we did the same thing at Richmond the other night.
"Bottom line is that it wasn't pretty, but it is still a win."
Moundsville twice left the bases loaded while stranding 12 overall, including eight in scoring position.
Moundsville 5 New York Eagles 0
In the nightcap, Post 3 received anoter solid start, this one by Jeremiah Fromhart who fired a complete-game one-hitter. He stuck out nine.