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St. Clairsville Takes Rematch Against Wheeling Stogies, 7-2

ST. CLAIRSVILLE _ Tuesday night’s baseball game between Wheeling and St. Clairsville was a total reversal of last Thursday’s 10-2 win by the Stogies.

St. Clairsville (1-1) played errorless defense, received another solid effort on the mound and scored early in posting a 7-2 decision on the sun-baked Memorial Park diamond on the Belmont County hilltop.

“I was really proud of the way the kids responded and bounced back,” St. Clairsville manager Mike Muklewicz said. “We shook off that first outing and put it behind us.”

Cole Porter have the Patriots a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when he launched the first pitch he saw from Wheeling starter Gage Thomas well over the short fence in left.

After the Stogies (2-1) drew even in the fourth on a Zac Taylor single, St. Clairsville took advantage of some shoddy defense by the visitors in the bottom of the inning, scoring three times and never looking back. Jakob Jarvis roped an RBI double down the left field line to score Porter. Dakota Hess followed with a single that plated Jarvis and, after Mason Goddard walked, Will Balgo singled to left to knock in Hess.

Wheeling got one run back in the fifth when Dylan Gongola’s double off the fence in dead center scored Trevor Thomas, but Jake Probst singled with two outs in the bottom of the inning to drive in Matt Snedeker, making it 5-2.

The hosts completed the scoring with two runs in the sixth without the benefit of a hit as Wheeling pitchers walked in both tallies.

“There were some things that I was disappointed with tonight. It’s just fundamental stuff like (missing) signs and missing relays,” Wheeling manager Jon-Michael Brunner said. “The hitting and the fielding will come, but the mental mistakes that we pride ourselves on not making, we had a couple tonight. We’re still trying to knock the rust off

Wheeling hosts the Washington (Pa.) Renegades tonight at Patterson Field.

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