Post 1 Perfect in Tournament
GLEN DALE – It’s called an unearned run for a reason.
Wheeling Post 1 coach Ricky Szeligo isn’t complaining about it after his team beat South Charleston Post 94, 8-4, Saturday in Glen Dale during the Moundsville Tournament.
The visitors from the state capital, who were actually the home team in the game, couldn’t shake a tight strike zone, which resulted in Post 94 starting pitcher Eric Roberts walking six of the first 14 batters he faced.
He paid the price for it in the fourth.
Roberts, whose team was already behind 1-0, loaded the bases with two walks and an error as Justice Jackson stepped to the plate.
Four balls later, Wheeling added to its lead as Andrew Kowalo jogged home.
”Too many walks,” Post 94 coach Fred Wright said. ”You can’t give away bases and expect to win. It’s usually whoever gives away the least amount of bases wins the ball game, for the most part.”
With the bases still loaded, Jameson Murray drove in Jesse Hartley with a hit into right field to extend the lead to 3-0.
Kelaen Welch was walked to bring in Jackson and a sac fly by Nate Bakaitis drove in Murray.
After the inning ended, Post 1 led 5-0 and only had two hits.
”It helps out a lot when you have good at-bats, you work bases,” Szeligo said. ”It results in runs, so we can’t complain about that.”
South Charleston did make it a ball game again in the fifth.
With the bases loaded, Jake Woolwine tripled into center field to score all three base runners and scored himself on a sac fly to cut Wheeling’s lead to 5-4.
That would be as close as Post 94 would come, however, as Hartley doubled in the seventh to drive in Colton Coss and another hit by Ellis brought in Kowalo before Hartley scored on a wild pitch to arrive at the final run.
”This did turn out to be a real good ball game, though,” said Wright, who was ejected in the sixth after an argument with the home plate umpire. ”We hit them and they came back at us. They’re a real good ball team.”
Szeligo, whose club opens regular season action on Monday, hopes it can keep the momentum during a perfect 4-0 tournament run.
”We played some decent baseball (Saturday),” he said. ”Nick Namann pitched a heckuva game. Defense was kinda laid back. They made some poor decisions out in the field. Base running kinda hurt us also, but overall, I’m proud of the guys.”
Potomac Valley 5
GLEN DALE – Ryan Hughes singled twice and drove in a run and Austin Pegg and Mark Walker each added RBIs as Moundsville defeated Potomac Valley.
Hunter Kaschke earned a victory in relief of starter Shane Wellman.