Linsly gets by Cameron

MOUNDSVILLE — Linsly is in the midst of another successful baseball campaign. Eli Petho has been a major reason why.

The reigning OVAC 3A champions upped their record to a sparkling 12-3 via a 6-2 triumph over a solid Cameron outfit Thursday afternoon at 12th Street Field in Moundsville. In the process, Petho pushed his season mark to 5-0 on the hill with a complete-game six-hitter. The hard-throwing senior fanned six, walked only one and yielded just one earned run.

The Dragons drew first blood in the first inning on a Noah Neely single, a hit-batsman and a Linsly error.

The Cadets, however, took command by scoring two runs in each of the next three innings.

Linsly opened the second by drawing two walks before Lee Paul knocked in a run with a ground-out. Petho plated the second tally with a double to right-center.

The Cadets stretched their advantage to 4-1 in the third. Hunter Kelley doubled and scored on a solid single by junior standout Marshall Taylor. Dom Gorence rocketed a double to plate Taylor.

Linsly opened the gap to 6-1 with a two-spot in the fourth frame which included an RBI single from Jon Milton.

Cameron added a run in the fifth. With one out, Trin Scott and Neely both notched singles. Garrett Scott knocked in Trin Scott with a grounder to short.

“I am real happy. We played an all-around solid game,” Linsly coach Jay Cartwright said. “We got timely hitting, we fielded well, played some small ball and Eli was strong again on the mound. He is having a great year.

“We knew we would have to play a good game because Cameron is a quality team. Matt (Carnahan) does a great job with them,” he added. “I really like my bunch. They are fun to coach and they bust their chops every day.”

Linsly collected 10 hits on the sun-splashed afternoon. Milton and Alex Papadimitriou led the winning attack with two hits each.

Travis Mickey went the distance for the Dragons. Despite the loss, he acquitted himself nicely on the hill. He fanned one and walked four.

“We lost to a quality team. They put the ball in play and made the plays,” Carnahan said. “Petho also pitched a fine game. He definitely is one of the best pitchers in the OVAC.

“There are no moral victories but I thought we played a pretty good ballgame,” he added. “We just need to get a win after losing two straight now.”

Trin Scott, who stole three bases on the day, and Neely each had two hits for the Dragons.

Weather permitting, Linsly is scheduled to travel to Weir this afternoon. Cameron, meanwhile, will visit Jefferson Christian.