Post 1 Tops Parkersburg in Legion Baseball Action in Wheeling
Wheeling completes weekend sweep
WHEELING — Wheeling Post 1 manager Mark Delbrugge could not have asked for a better weekend of baseball.
His club turned in a spotless 4-0 record by sweeping a pair of double headers. On Saturday, Post 1 routed Preston Post 56 by a total of 28-1 in its two games and on Sunday, the two-time defending state champions upended Parkersburg Post 15 by scores of 12-2 and 3-1.
The first game with Preston went the full seven innings, the next two games were called because of the mercy rule and the final contest of the weekend was called short because of rain in the top of the sixth frame with Wheeling on top by two.
The offense has been clicking for Delbrugge’s group but pitching was at its finest on Sunday as Jub Delbrugge earned a Game 1 win with five strikeouts and one walk. He also fanned the side in the first inning.
Stephen Graebe picked up right where his teammate left off, by striking out four, walking none and keeping Post 15 off the board until the sixth.
“Our guys pitched very well,” Mark Delbrugge said. “They shut them out for nine consecutive innings. Our lefties have done a great job.”
Wheeling’s bats collected at least two hits in every inning of the opener and tallied 21 total hits in the double header.
Parkersburg jumped on the board first in the opener with two runs in the first but only one runner reached second base for the remainder of the game for Post 15.
First team all-stater Tyler Riedel was a force at the plate early and often for Wheeling. He recorded Wheeling’s first RBI with a single to right, scoring his Wheeling Central teammate, Isaac Rine, in the opening stanza.
Riedel came through in the clutch again in the third with a RBI knock to plate Chad Harper, before Gage Giovengo raced home when Jacob Shia grounded into a double play, making it a 3-2 contest in the third.
The next hitter provided the biggest swing of the day as Vic Giovengo pounded a solo home run over the left field fence and into the parking lot to extend the Wheeling advantage to 4-2.
Wheeling batted around in the fourth as Jarrett Delbrugge and Chad Harper delivered RBI hits, Shia turned in a sacrifice fly and a balk plated Riedel from third. Jarrett Delbrugge also scored a run by hustling home with the Parkersburg defense distracted to give Wheeling five runs in the frame and a 9-2 cushion.
The mercy rule came into action in the fifth after Post 1 produced three more runs on a two-run double by Gage Giovengo, who scored on a game-winning sacrifice fly from Vic Giovengo.
“If we can hit from the top of our lineup to the bottom like we did (Sunday), I think we’re pretty dangerous,” Mark Delbrugge said.”
Wheeling scored one run in each of the first three innings of the nightcap and Rine proved why he is such a weapon in the leadoff spot. He reached on an error to start the game, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an error before another ball was even put in play.
Vic Giovengo added to his solid day with a RBI groundout in the second and Riedel turned in a RBI triple in the third to give Wheeling the 3-0 edge and Graebe did the rest.
Riedel paced Wheeling with six hits on the day, while Ross Salvatori, Harper and Gage Giovengo all delivered three hits each.
In the sixth, Parkersburg laced three consecutive hits to cut the deficit to 3-1 but the clouds rolled in and the rally was washed away.
“We competed much better in Game 2 than we did in Game 1,” Parkersburg manager Mike Goodwin said. “It starts on the mound and a good defense. We had both of those in the second game. We just needed more timely hits.
“We started to heat up there in the end but the weather got us.”