Wheeling in Driver’s Seat
MOUNDSVILLE – If Wheeling Post 1 wins the Area 1 American Legion Tournament, it’ll be, in large part, due to the pitching of Momo Felt.
During the first two tournament games, the lefty has posted a 0.00 ERA and has only allowed two hits with 11 K’s over nine innings.
In Wednesday’s 11-3 victory against Moundsville at Valley Fork, Felt entered in relief of starter Trevor Stewart during the fourth inning with the game tied 3-3 and shut down a Post 3 offense that left the bases loaded on four separate occasions.
”That’s a left-hander for you,” Moundsville coach Bill Burkett said.
”The past two nights he’s been great on the mound for us,” Wheeling coach Ricky Szilego said. ”He’s throwing strikes and getting ahead in the counts. It’s a great job he did.”
Felt’s performance was so good it almost overshadowed the fact that Post 1 collected a season-high 20 hits in the win.
”We came out and had good at-bats and put the ball in play with authority,” Szilego said. ”We can’t ask for much more from our players.”
Five of those hits came in the sixth when Wheeling blew the game wide open.
With one out and two on, Justice Jackson drove in Tyler Ashbrook to give Post 1 a 5-3 advantage.
Then, while all eyes were on Jackson as he stole second, Russell Schwertfeger raced home from third before Andrew Kowalo sent one out of the park to up the ante to 8-3.
”We did great at the plate,” Szilego said. ”We came out and swung the bat well. This is the place we want to be in this tournament.”
Colton Coss ended the scoring with a two-run double in the eighth as Post 1 posted a hit in every innings and was only held scoreless in two.
”We have a day to rest up,” Szilego said. ”We’re going to have a light practice (today) and be back out here Friday afternoon to take care of business.”
Moundsville, on the other hand, will be back in action today as it tries to beat St. Marys for the second time in three days.
St. Marys 12, Weirton 8
MOUNDSVILLE – Following a day where St. Marys mustered only three hits in a 14-0 loss to Moundsville, Post 79 found a way to make contact, as it collected 17 hits, six of which were home runs, as it eliminated Weirton Post 10 Wednesday afternoon.
Tyler Davis earned a victory as he threw 135 pitches and went all nine innings for Post 79. He also was a triple shy of the cycle as he singled, doubled and homered.
In addition to Davis’ offense, Matt Houser pitched in with two homers among four hits, while Zach Romine doubled and also hit a home run.