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Standiford, Bobcats Deny Wheeling Park

By ROD JOHNSON, For the News-Register

April 27, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING -Two weeks ago, Wheeling Park administered a doubleheader beat down to Cambridge, torching several Bobcat pitchers for a total of 20 runs.

Cambridge's Ben Standiford was not one of those pitchers, however, and Saturday he tossed a solid five-hit complete game at the Patriots as the 'Cats posted an 10-2 road triumph in the OVAC Class 5A baseball tournament semifinals.

"Ben's effort was outstanding," Cambridge coach Dave Gray said. "He did a good job of throwing strikes for the most part and I thought pitching coach 'Skip' Wetherell called a great game."

Standiford struck out five and walked five.

Leadoff hitter Trevor Wilkinson got things going in the top of the first with a single to right-center and scored on a Kyle Ritz double to the same gap.

Cambridge (13-6) also got Cody Huffman aboard with a walk and a Dillon Sunnafrank single, but ran itself out of a big inning with a botched safety squeeze play.

Staked to an early lead, Standiford was dominating through the first three innings, facing just 10 hitters and yielding no hits.

The Bobcats' fourth was the decisive inning as the visitors plated seven runs on six hits and took advantage of some uncharacteristically sloppy Wheeling Park defense.

The big hits in the ining were a Devon Francis a two-run double to left and a three-run double by Kyle Ritz. Standiford added an RBI single.

"It seems like when we get off to a good start with the bats, its contagious and everybody hits," Gray said.

Every player in the Bobcats' batting order either had hits or scored runs.

Standiford's only hiccups came in the fourth and fifth when the Patriots (19-3) reached him for single runs in each frame.

He walked three hitters and yielded an RBI single by Michael Grove in the fourth.

The Patriots managed their other run in their fifth when Justice Jackson's single delivered Jay Massey, who had reached via Standiford's fifth and final free pass.

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