Snider was then greeted by a line drive into left field from Midland junior Seth Kinker, who finished 4 for 4 with a double and RBI, to put runners on first and second with two outs.
After a first-pitch ball, Snider induced a bouncing grounder from Knights sophomore Brighton Jobe. Hedgesville junior second baseman Hunter Knight fielded the ball cleanly and flipped it to Eagles senior shortstop J.W. Wright to end the game as the Eagles could finally enjoy the victory for real.
"Hopefully it's a start of many years of successful baseball at Hedgesville,'' said Eagles coach Dirk Webb, who loses seven seniors. "People that come through our program now can build upon this and continue a tradition. We have a lot of juniors on the team and hopefully they can draw on the experience and make a run next year.''
After the shaky first inning, Snider didn't allow another runner to reach second until the seventh inning and he stranded eight. He even picked Kinker off first base in the third.
"[Snider] was scaring us a little bit in the first inning,'' Webb said. "After that he did an outstanding job keeping the ball down and getting a lot of ground balls.''
Kinker and Jobe hit back-to-back doubles to each drive in a run and give Midland its 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Midland was looking for more when Knight snagged junior Cody Ballengee's hard-hit liner for the second out. After Snider walked Knights sophomore Eli Canterbury to put runners at first and second, Snider got Midland sophomore Brady Elkins on an infield pop out to end the threat.
Hedgesville took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Tyler Anders, who finished 2 for 2 with a double, delivered a two-run single to knot the game at 2-all. Senior Cameron Jordan's run-scoring groundout gave the Eagles a 3-2 edge and junior Adam Ruppenthal's RBI liner to center closed out the scoring.
Junior Derek Adkins kept the Knights close, tossing three scoreless innings of relief while allowing only two hits. Midland junior starter Tyler Hayes took the loss, giving up four earned runs on three hits in three innings with six strikeouts and three walks.
Markley, Wright and senior Cody Butts were all-tournament selections for Hedgesville while Kinker, Elkins, Canterbury and Jobe were picked from Midland, which loses one starter to graduation.
"It's not like we played bad,'' said Midland's Kinker, who fired a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts Friday night in the semifinals. "We hit the ball hard all day. I'm feeling it for the seniors. It really hurts. You've got to get over it quickly and focus on next year and get better. We'll be back.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.