Roundup: Reale, Carter through to Round of 16 at Mid-Amateur
The West Virginia Mid-Amateur Championship got off to a soggy start Friday at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston, as multiple storm delays took play well into the evening.
Charleston's Philip Reale earned medalist honors in the qualifier as the only player to shoot even-par (70) the entire round. Defending champion Pat Carter finished stroke play at 1-under along with four other players. The top 32 players made it to the match-play portion of the championship. Nine players went into a sudden-death playoff for six spots to close in the top 32.
In the opening round of match play, Reale defeated Parkersburg's Steve Hussey, capping his win with a hole in one on the 152-yard, par-3 12th. Reale moves on to the Round of 16 today, where he faces Charleston's Todd Branham.
Carter won his match against Huntington's Ryan Matney, 5 and 4, and will face Harold Payne today. Two rounds of play are scheduled for today, weather permitting, with the semifinals and finals slated for Sunday. (For complete results, see Page 2B).
STATE SOFTBALL: Kutztown (Pa.) scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning as the Golden Bears downed West Virginia State 3-1 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II regional softball tournament in Shippensburg, Pa.
Sabrina Schouten drove in the Yellow Jackets' lone run in the third inning when she singled up the center to score Poppy Ramey, who led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on Hannah Griffith's sacrifice bunt. Anna Eggleston was tabbed with the loss.
The No. 3 Yellow Jackets (41-13) will play No. 2 Shippensburg at 1:30 p.m. today, needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
WVU SPORTS: Due to inclement weather, Friday's baseball game between West Virginia and TCU at Appalachian Power Park was postponed.
The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 1 p.m., with the second game scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The third game of the series is still set for 1 p.m. Sunday.
Zublasing was the fifth shooter to qualify for the final after scoring 584 (194 kneeling, 199 prone, 191 standing) in the morning qualification. She tallied 398.7 in the final.
HERD BASEBALL: Marshall's sophomore second baseman Andrew Dundon notched his 100th career hit, but the Thundering Herd was sunk by the Pirates of East Carolina 9-1 in Friday's Conference USA series opener at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley.
Aaron Bossi drove in Marshall's lone run with a two-out single to right, scoring Eric Escobedo. Wayland Moore (2-3) was saddled the loss. Marshall, which lost its sixth straight C-USA contest, fell to 18-30 (5-14 C-USA) and East Carolina improved to 27-22 (11-8 C-USA).
POWER POSTPONED: The West Virginia Power's game against the Lexington Legends Friday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Ky., was postponed due to unplayable grounds.
The teams will play a doubleheader tonight starting at 6:05. The Power will start John Kuchno and Jason Creasy against the Legends' Colin Rodgers and Daniel Stumpf.
COACHING CLINIC: The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission will host an ASEP coaching class June 3-5 at South Charleston High School for those interested in coaching a secondary school sport. For more information, visit www.wvssac.org.
PREP TRACK: Buffalo's Dylan Rich won the boys 800- and 1,600-meter runs and nearly pulled off a distance triple Thursday night in the Class A Region 4 track meet at the Erickson All-Sports Facility in Parkersburg.
Rich led the 800 in 2 minutes, 0.66 seconds and won the 1,600 in 4:33.91. He finished second to Doddridge County's Caleb Moore in the 3,200 by two-hundredths of a second.
The Bison also took the 4x800 relay and Jordan Tucker won the 100 dash as it finished third in the boys team standings with 93 points, trailing defending state champion Doddridge (177) and Williamstown (130). Isaiah Robinson of Buffalo finished second to Rich in the 800.
Charleston Catholic's boys ran fifth as teams qualified entries for next weekend's state track meet at Laidley Field. Caden McClanahan of the Irish placed second in the 1,600 and Catholic finished second in the 4x200.
In the girls meet, D'Andra Swiger of Doddridge won four events to help her team to a runner-up finish behind Williamstown, last year's state titlist. The Yellowjackets swept all five relay events to pick up a slew of points.
Charleston Catholic's Payton Mullens ran second in both the 800 and 1,600, Annie Crockett of the Irish was second in the 3,200 and Catholic placed second in three relays (see Page 2B).