Besides getting Dodrill back on the mound as a starter, the win could prove doubly valuable for SA, which is chasing one of the top four spots in the Mountain State Athletic Conference standings in order to qualify for the championship tournament. The cutoff date for league games is April 27, and the tourney starts April 29.
"We've preached to the guys that we've got three conference games left,'' Whitman said, "and if we want to play in the final four, we have to win these conference games. The kids came ready to play. They were up and the guys who weren't playing were up, which kind of blended over into the guys who were playing. We got on them early and finally put a team away.''
Josh Burks and Austin Harless each donated a pair of hits for St. Albans and Bobby Grishaber had a two-run single. It represented just SA's third win of the season against a team with a current winning record, and just the second such win versus West Virginia teams, joining a victory over Parkersburg South.
Several St. Albans players also seemed especially pleased that they got a little payback for losing at George Washington 10-6 last year.
"That's been on my mind all week,'' Dodrill said. "That was a tough game. It really hasn't gone away since then. I think I made my point.''
GW coach Chad Campbell, meanwhile, didn't like what he saw from his team in pregame warmups or during the game.
"I'll tell you exactly what it was,'' Campbell said. '[St. Albans] came ready to play and we didn't come ready to play. We showed no heart. We didn't compete. We did everything you can do wrong in a baseball game. They're good, and when you do those things about that kind of team, you're going to get whipped.
"Our bunch here, sometimes they come ready to play and they're good, and we're going to win some games. Some games when they show up at the field, you can see it in their eyes. They're not ready to play and we're going to lose games on those days. Until they get it in their minds that you have to come to the field ready to play the game, we're going to stay right around .500 or above. We have to get some leadership. We have to get some heart. We have to compete every day.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.