WEIRTON - Weirton and Moundsville locked up in an old fashioned pitchers' duel Wednesday, with Post 10 coming from behind for a 2-1 victory in 10 innings.
Post 10 scored the winning run in the bottom of the 10th when William Larch bounced a base hit through the box to score Pat Reardon with the winning run from second base.
"We kept fighting and scratching and we were the lucky ones," victorious Weirton manager Bill Magnone said. "Both pitchers threw great and both teams fielded the ball, and neither team could hit off the others pitcher."
Sam Hockenberry worked the first nine innings for Post 10, yielding one run and four hits. He walked three and struck out 10 Moundsville batters, but got a no-decision. Mario Lombardi, who came in to work the top of the 10th, earned a victory.
"Hockenberry pitched a whale of a ballgame," Magnone continued. "He kept us in it."
They needed to as the Post 10 bats that had pounded out a lot of hits during the regular season were stifled by the right-hand slants of Shane Wellman. Wellman hurled eight innings giving up a run on five hits while striking out eight and walking two.
"We're not hitting the ball. We didn't hit a lot all year," veteran Post 3 manager Bill Burkett said. "Wellman pitched a good ballgame for us and so did Hunter (Kaschke), but he hit that guy in the 10th and that hurt us. But he usually hits three or four in a game."
Kaschke relieved Wellman in the ninth inning and even though Weirton shortstop Mitch Viakely greeted him with a double high off the left-field fence, he left him stranded at second.
However, the hitting of Reardon to lead of the 10th was crucial. Kyle Woodruff followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Reardon to second and an out later, he came Larch's walk-off single through the middle of the infield.
"When Reardon got hit with that pitch, I knew we had to bunt again and Kyle laid it down perfectly," said Magnone, whose team had three successful sacrifice bunts in the game. "Larch did a great job with two outs and two strikes on him.
"In a game like this, we had to play small ball. We probably laid down more sacrifice bunts in this game than we did all season. That one by Woodruff in the 10th proved to be the gem."
Larch was the only Post 10 hitter with more than one hit. He also singled in the second inning.
Anthony Antinone got a RBI single to right field in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Matt Cessna, who had walked to open the frame.
Moundsville's lone run came in the top of the fourth inning without benefit of a hit. It was a leadoff walk by Hockenberry to Schuyler Callahan that got things going for Post 3. He went to second when Post 10 misplayed Alex Riedel's grounder, went to third on Kaschke's fly ball to center field and scored when Joe Myers lifted a sacrifice fly to right field.
Post 10 will play top-seeded Wheeling today at 5:30 p.m.
The tournament continues with the losers' bracket final on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the championship Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Wheeling 10, St. Marys 2
WEIRTON - Momo Felt retired 14 on strikes as he earned a complete-game victory as Wheeling topped St. Marys.
Nick Naumann had two run scoring hits for Post 1 (25-9), who play Weirton Post 10 today at 5:30 p.m.
Nate Bakatis doubled and Chad Harper added two singles for Wheeling.