Prep baseball -- GW forces decisive game against SC in sectional
Garrett Vogelbach blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday as George Washington remained alive in its Class AAA baseball sectional with a 6-5 win over South Charleston at Hurricane.
With the win, the Patriots (21-11) evened their Region 3 Section 3 series at one game apiece. The decisive third game is set for Thursday at 6 p.m. at SC.
Connor Moffatt went 3 for 4 for the Patriots with a double and an RBI. Robbie Mounts had two hits and Tanner Sorrells also drove in a pair of runs. Austin Henrich earned the win with six innings in relief of Sorrells, the starter.
The Black Eagles (15-13) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning before GW rallied. Antonio Brown was 2 for 3 with a double for SC and Austin Santrock went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs.
The game was moved to Hurricane's turf field because recent rains had waterlogged GW's home field. The teams now have to wait until Thursday to resume their series because of the state-mandated moratorium on extracurriculars because of the Westest.
"We came out a little flat early, and they got a lead on us,'' said GW coach Chad Campbell. "It looked like we were dead in the water.
"Being a little flat is not something you want to do, but we felt like if we didn't play today and it goes to a third game next week, then you're into Friday and whoever wins the section has got to play a game on Monday and who knows how many pitchers you'll use late in the week. It sets you up at a disadvantage, so it was important to play today. You don't like to give up that home game, but if you win you feel a little better about it.''
J.R. Stricklen singled in a run for Sissonville (13-21), and Pat Messenger had an RBI and Zach Null and Ethan Lauchart rapped out two hits apiece.
Stricklen pitched the last four innings, holding No. 5 Poca scoreless to notch the save. The Indians advance to the region semifinals, which will take place May 21. Sissonville visits the Section 1 winner, either Herbert Hoover, Nicholas County or Clay County.
Skyler Vealey and Brenden Iezzi each singled in a run for Poca (23-9) and Cam Cottrill went 2 for 3. The Dots played for a second straight day without one of their top hitters and pitchers, Jake Payne, who has a back injury.
Peter Theodos contributed two hits for the Red Dragons. Zach Minnick went 2 for 2 with a double for the Wildcats (19-9). St. Albans will host Logan on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the section championship.
Wyatt Zuspan had two hits in the first game for the White Falcons (17-11), while Jared Nutter added two hits in the nightcap. Levi Gordon went 3 for 4 with a triple for Calhoun County. Wahama will host Charleston Catholic on May 20 at 6:30 p.m. in a regional semifinal.
McKown finished the day 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Catholic (24-9) while Andy Hoyer added two hits. Levi Jordan had a pair of hits including a double for the Bison (11-13). Charleston Catholic will travel to Wahama May 20 at 6:30 p.m. for the regional semifinal.
Hunter White contributed three hits and drove in three runs for the Huskies (26-3). Tyler Sagraves went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles for the Grizzlies. Hoover will travel to Clay County on Thursday at 6 p.m. to play the Panthers for the section title.
Wilkinson's sacrifice fly gave Riverside the lead for good at 5-4 then with two outs, Halstead's run-scoring double gave it some cushion. Cameron Norris took off for home and slid under the tag on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh that knotted the game at 4-all. Norris then made two diving stops in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings as Ripley had runners on first and third with one out.
Wilkinson finished 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Warriors (12-15), who advance to the regional semifinals May 20. Tyler Pittenger doubled in three runs for the Vikings and Alex Hambrick legged out three hits.