Jarrod Jones Crushes Two Homers as Wheeling Post 1 Rolls Past Moundsville Post 3
Bauer also clears fence as Wheeling beats Moundsville, 10-0
By KYLE LUTZ
GLEN DALE — In between the second and third inning against Moundsville, Wheeling manager Jon Michael Brunner told his squad to be aggressive at the plate. Post 1 delivered as Jarrod Jones blasted two home runs while Bryce Bauer also cleared the fence in a 10-0 victory over Post 3 Monday evening at John Marshall High School.
“It was nice seeing guys start squaring the ball up a little there,” Brunner said. “With Romney this weekend, it seemed like we couldn’t get the ball on the barrel as much as we normally do. But we got back on it (Monday). The guys played well and (Isaac) Hines threw a heckuva game. We play (tonight) nine inning game against The Shield. It should be some good competition to get these guys moving toward the area next week.”
Hines allowed four hits and fired two strikeouts in a solid effort on the mound.
Offensively the bats for Wheeling looked just as impressive.
In four of the five innings, Post 1 tallied a hit with its leadoff runner, all of which were able to reach home.
“In all games, we try to get that first guy on and make a little bit of stuff happen there. Move some guys from second and get them over to third and try to be aggressive with these guys.
“We talked about it this past week, we want to try to be more aggressive. I told them between the second and third inning, ‘Hey, aggressors always win. Whether it’s baseball or life, if you want something, you got to go get it.’ When these pitchers are trying to get ahead of you early in the count, we have to be able to attack the ball, and that’s what we did there when those bats started to come alive.”
James Salvatori was able start the game off with a single. Jones got his first hit of the game with a RBI single to plate the first run.
Bauer followed in the second inning with his blast to left field.
The hitting started to get contagious as Salvatori led the third inning off with a double. After Chas McCool secured a RBI, Jones belted a home run over the center field fence to make the score, 4-0.
Jones then crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning to put the score at 9-0.
Trevor Thomas and McCool also tallied RBI singles in the fourth.
“The first home run I hit was an 0-2 count, I choked up and it was thrown over the middle of the plate,” Jones said. “I thought it was a line drive, but it ended up getting out. The last one, he had me at 0-1, and threw me a knuckleball high and in. I swung at it and knew when I hit it was pretty much gone.”
For Moundsville, Garrett Scott supplied the lone multi-hit game as he supplied two singles. However, Post 3 could not get the big hit when it needed too.
“When we had runners in scoring position, we take backwards Ks,” Moundsville manager David Yeater said. “We’ve done it all year, we can hit when men are in scoring position. (Sunday), we had three backwards Ks with runners at third and second with nobody out. You have to put the ball in play to score runs.”
Salvatori also had a three-hit game for Post 1 as he compiled two singles and a double while Jones supplied four RBI.
“Once we get up with the mindset we’re going to hit the ball hard, I think it really opens these guys up to something. That’s the next level stuff that these guys are able to do. They’re still trying to figure out, but they’re getting better at.”
Jefferson County 6, St. Clairsville 1
STEUBENVILLE — Alec McBane tallied two triples, one single and brought home two runs as Jefferson County defeated St. Clairsville.
Anthony Sinicropi also had three hits for Post 33 as he supplied three singles and one RBI while Klay Cottis had two singles and two RBI.