New Martinsville Edges Moundsville
Post 28 plates three runs in sixth inning on way to victory
NEW MARTINSVILLE — New Martinsville’s time was running out. Down by one against Moundsville in the bottom of the sixth inning, Post 28 needed a spark. Matt Saxon stepped up to the plate and delivered. A RBI double tied the game and gave New Martinsville the momentum as it scored two more runs en route to a 6-4 victory over Post 3 Wednesday evening.
“Our guys stayed with it. They didn’t get down. Our pitching was pretty good (Wednesday),” New Martinsville manager Eric McKeever said. “Our hitting came through and we were able to score some runs. We played pretty good, fundamental ball, which has been our problem throughout the season.”
Saxon’s crucial double was his second hit of the contest as he supplied a single in the first. He also had a sacrifice fly in the fourth to get his team within one, 4-3.
With the score tied 4-4, Post 28 took the lead for good after Caden Cisar was walked with the bases loaded. New Martinsville put a little more insurance on its lead as it took advantage on a wild pitch as Keaton Cushman touched home safely to make it 6-4.
“We wanted to get the top of the order up for the seventh inning because we had two outs, so we thought we’d chance a steal and pretty much put a hit and run on it,” McKeever said about Saxon’s hit. “He’s going to hit it and we’re going to score or we’re going to get thrown out and he’ll start the next inning. He hit it right down the line. It was the perfect hit-and-run situation. It worked out.”
Moundsville got on the board early as it plated a pair of runs in the first inning. Garrett Scott got things going with a triple while Shane Dobbs supplied a RBI by getting on base thanks to an infield error.
In the top of the third inning, Ethan Neely belted a two-run single to put the score at 4-2.
However, the biggest story of the game for Post 3 was baserunning errors. On a handful of occasions, Moundsville was gunned down trying to steal or get the exra base.
None bigger than in the seventh inning. Moundsville led off with a walk, but the runner was picked off at first. After that, Ethan Greathouse closed the door and struck out the final two batters.
“It was a bad baserunning,” Post 3 manager David Yeater said. “We didn’t hit the ball well. You’re not going to win if you give them runs. We had five guys taken off the bases with bad baserunning.”
Greathouse was superb for New Martinsville. McKeever brought him in in with two outs in the third inning and kept Moundsville in check. He supplied four strikeouts and only gave up two hits in the process.
He tallied a RBI single in the second inning to give Post 28 its first run of teh evening.
“We’ve been milking his arm throughout the season giving him two innings, three innings, four innings,” McKeever said. “(Wednesday), he really pitched well. He was on his game and he got better at the Beast of the East. He’s really hitting his stride. He was hitting his spot and he did well. We’re proud of him.”
For Moundsville, Jessop Broughton, who also came in to pitch in the third inning, had a solid outing. He supplied nine strikeouts as he had at least two in every inning he pitched.
Neely and Luke Cramer provided multiple hit games as they both had two singles.
For New Martinsville, Cisar tallied two singles and one RBI.
“Last year, this is where we hit our stride,” McKeever said. “Right before our first tournament, we won a game and then we went to a tournament in Bridgeport and did pretty well the rest of the season. We hit our stride. We didn’t win many before. We’ve only won two this year and this is our third win.
“But this was the same way last year. We won one up to this point last year and then we hit our stride. We came together, we finally got a mix of kids and we know where people are playing. It’s going to give them a lot of confidence. Confidence is the biggest thing.”