Wheeling Post 1 Stays Alive At State Tournament

Post 1 in must-win game vs. Morgantown today

KEYSER — After a crushing defeat early Friday, Wheeling Post 1 was three outs away from elimination.

Down three in the bottom of the seventh, Post 1 defied the odds, scoring four runs to secure an improbable 7-6 comeback victory over South Charleston.

Hunter Kelly supplied the walk-off magic as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the game-winner.

The win gives Wheeling a shot at Morgantown today in a must-win matchup.

A win will advance Post 1 to the state championship.

Jon Milton provided four hits and a RBI in the win over South Charleston, while Jarrod Jones delivered two knocks and James Salvatori supplied a hit and two RBI.

Eli Petho, Trevor Thomas and Chas McCool all plated a run in the win, as well.

Milton earned the victory in relief, striking out one in an inning pitched.

Dylan Gongola and Isaac Hines covered the first six frames.

Morgantown 18

Wheeling 8

ROMNEY — A nine-run second inning doomed Wheeling in Friday’s opener against Morgantown.

Milton paced the offense with two hits and three RBI, while Jones turned in two hits and a RBI.

Dom Gorence recorded a hit and two RBI, Zach Taylor ripped a RBI single and Gongola added a RBI.

Eli Petho took the loss.

Morgantown 18, Wheeling 8

Morgantown 192 212 1 — 18 18 2

Wheeling 010 520 0 — 8 9 2

M — C. Smith (4K, 1BB), Petty wp (4) (0K, 1BB), E. Smith (6) (1K, 0BB) and Taylor. Q. Smith D, HR, 3rbi; Taylor D, 2S; Matthews S, D, 2rbi; Neal S, T, 2rbi; Cottle D, rbi; Maholic 4S, rbi; Renner S, rbi; Musgrave D, 3rbi; E. Smith 2S, 3rbi.

W — Petho lp (0K, 4BB), Hines (3) (0K, 0BB), Thomas (4) (0K, 1BB), Auten (5) (0K, 1BB), Hand (7) (1K, 0BB) and McCool. Bauer D; Jones S, T, rbi; Milton 2S, 3rbi; Gongola rbi; Taylor S, rbi; Gorence S, 2rbi.

Wheeling 7, South Charleston 6

South Charleston 200 400 0 — 6 9 1

Wheeling 101 001 4 — 7 8 3

S — Fizer (4K, 6BB), Lewis (6) (0K, 2BB), Flowers (6) (0K, 1BB), Hamrick lp (1K, 3BB), Kemplin (0K, 0BB) and Cummings. Cummings D, S, 3rbi; Miller 2S, 2rbi; Stone 2S, rbi.

W — Gongola (1K, 2BB), Hines (4) (1K, 2BB), Milton wp (7) (1K, 0BB) and Bauer. Salvatori S, 2rbi; Thomas rbi; McCool rbi; Kelly rbi; Jones 2S; Milton 4S, rbi; Petho rbi.

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