WINFIELD, W.Va. - As a member of the Winfield golf team and a player in the Top Flite Junior Tour, Josh Bumgarner's athletic highlight prior to this year was an ace he carded on a par-3 hole last summer.
But now, as a member of the Winfield baseball team, he's become one.
Bumgarner stymied a potent Logan offense, striking out seven and firing his second-straight one-hit shutout in the postseason as Winfield earned a 5-0 upset win on Monday to advance to the Class AAA Region 4 final.
The Generals (15-16) will host Cabell Midland at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with an improbable berth into the state tournament on the line.
It's the second year in a row that Winfield has pulled this kind of shenanigans in the postseason after it ousted then-No. 1 Hurricane in last year's sectional final.
"We do a lot of stuff different here," Bumgarner explained. "We lift throughout the year and I think that helps us a lot because we're a lot stronger at the end of the year than everyone else is. We just peak at the right time. We're not nervous at all in these games. We're not even top 10 in the state and we play teams that are. They have a lot of expectations and we don't have anything. We just play our hearts out and make it happen."
Bumgarner's heroics weren't limited to the mound as he also drove in three runs and went 2 for 3.
Tthe senior didn't commit to coming out for baseball until September after deciding not to pursue golf in college (he carries a 1.6 handicap).
He hadn't played baseball since his freshman year, but he is fully coming into his own just in the nick of time for the Generals.
"Last year, I kept asking him and asking him and I guess he wanted to put everything into his senior golf season," Winfield coach Will Isaacs said. "But I just kept mentioning it. As soon as the regional golf season was over, he came out, started lifting weights, and led from Day 1.
"He's hitting third, he's got eight wins, and he's got a winning demeanor. I'm very thankful that he came out."
Bumgarner said he is learning to like the crowd noise and excitement of the baseball diamond compared to the quiet, polite environment of the golf course.
"I've hit some good golf shots but nothing has come close to this," Bumgarner said. "With the fans and stuff, this is crazy."