BUFFALO - For South Charleston, it finally came together at the right time.
Jerod Jobst fired a five-inning three-hitter with seven strikeouts and Cole Lanier headed a 14-hit attack by going 4 for 4 Friday evening as the Black Eagles scorched their way to a 15-2 victory over George Washington to wrap up the Class AAA Region 3 Section 3 title.
"We knew we had to win or go home,'' Jobst said, "so we had to produce, and luckily enough, everything was working.''
Besides Jobst's sharp pitching and the hitting onslaught, SC (16-13) played errorless ball. One of the runs for GW (21-12) was a gift - Jobst dropped the ball on the mound before delivering a pitch, resulting in a balk to allow a runner to score from third.
"We knew we had Jobst coming back with rest,'' said Black Eagles coach Ken Samms, "and we hit the ball and we made the plays. Any time you play GW, you've got to bring your 'A' game.''
SC piled up four runs in the first inning, three in the second, five in the third and three more in the fourth against a trio of Patriots pitchers. Meanwhile, GW managed only one run-scoring hit, a single by Austin Griffith in the fourth to plate Clayton Anderson, who had doubled.
Meanwhile, five different Black Eagle had multiple hits, led by Lanier, a freshman designated hitter who also drove in three runs.
"I've just been working on it,'' Lanier said, "but when it comes down to it, the team did well today. It wasn't just me. It was a team effort.''
Jonathan Cline, Antonio Brown, Jonathan Pauley and Zach Wright each added a pair of hits for SC and Austin Santrock also drove in three runs. Brown had two RBIs.
"You get that kind of pitching,'' Samms said, "and that kind of hitting, and there's nothing we can't do. This bunch has gotten better every game - and I told them that afterward. I've been preaching that to them, and I knew the sticks would come around. Hopefully, they stay around Monday against Riverside and into the state tournament.''