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.
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.