Donahue claims OVAC?1A crown

TORONTO – Often in baseball it is the little things that count most.

Weirton Madonna made two costly mistakes in Friday’s OVAC Class 1A championship game and despite an outstanding pitching performance by junior Luca Fuscardo, dropped a 2-1 decision to Bishop Donahue at the Knight Baseball Complex.

On the other hand, the Bishops, who went into the OVAC tournament as the top seed, made plays when they needed them and got a good pitching performance of its own from junior Hunter Kaschke. It was the third straight OVAC championship for the Bishops.

“We got two runs,” said victorious coach Bob Kleeh. “We didn’t get many, but we had enough to get it done. We seem to play good up here, the last three years anyway. Whatever comes out, I wish we could do it all year. In this game we played really well and we had to to beat a good team like Madonna. We made some good plays in key situations.

“We have to field the ball well, which we’ve had problems with this year, to win a close game like this. I’m really proud of them.

“That kid (Fuscardo) is a heck of a pitcher. For us to get two runs off of him is a lot of hard work.”

The Bishops struck for both of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-out double by Alex Riedel that brought home Joe Myers and Phillip Smith.

Prior to the short-and-swift scoring strike by the Bishops, Fuscardo had mowed down 10 straight, nine of them on strikeouts. Fuscardo struck out the first eight Bishops who came to the plate.

Ironically, the same teams will meet Monday when Madonna hosts the Class A Region 1, Section 1 tournament at Ed Bowman Field. Game time is 6:30 p.m.