Dougie Clark Leads Moundsville Post 3 Into Season
Numbers down for Moundsville
WHEELING — Moundsville Post 3 pitcher Doug Clark gave his new manager David Yeater a glimpse of what he brings to the table last Friday.
The left-handed hurler fired a complete game no-hitter and struck out 16 in a 2-1 victory over New Martinsville.
He also supplied the winning run in the seventh by drawing a walk, stealing second and attempting to steal third, which forced an error and allowed him to race home.
“Doug is our mainstay on the mound,” Yeater said. “I told him that I want to save him for Area games and in our upcoming games in Elkins, I’d like to use him as a closer but he’ll be tough.”
In his first year as manager, there will be plenty for Yeater to manage as numbers are down, giving him the opportunity to call kids up from the jayvee team.
“We had some players leave but we’ll be using some juniors players and have them move up to varsity,” Yeater said. “Ethan Neely is a young kid who has been coming up and playing for us.
“We’re expecting to have a fair season and if the pitching stays healthy and we get the hitting going, we’ll be able to compete.”
Leading the charge on offense will be a crew of Cameron Dragons.
Trin Scott, Garrett Scott, Jessop Broughton, Aidan Lucey, Noah Neely and Logan Burkett.
“The Cameron boys are doing a really good job,” Yeater said. “Garrett has been our most productive player at the plate so far. He’s really hitting the ball well.
“I umpired some of Trin’s games this year when played shortstop but he’s a player. He can play short and he can do a little closing for us, too.
“Noah’s going to be our junk man. He has a pretty nice knuckleball. When it’s working, it’s hard to hit, especially when he is following up the hard-throwing Clark or setting him up.”
Another player that makes the Moundsville pitching staff lethal is southpaw Shane Dobbs.
The John Marshall grad gives Yeater a pair of hard-throwing left-handers that have the ability to keep hitters off balance.
“Two left-handers makes it nice to show a change of pace,” Yeater said. “So with Dobbs, Clark, Neely, Broughton and Burkett, our pitching should do well.”
Also looking to take the field this year for Moundsville will be Clark’s younger brother and wrestling phenom Bradlee Clark, who will spend time catching.
Shawn Ball and Devin O’Bryan will play key roles in helping replace last year’s seniors, including B.B. Santimarino, Chris Barry, Trey Scott and Brett Donohew.