Moundsville wins two Beast games

WHEELING — After going 4-0 in pool play during the 2018 Edgar Martin Beast of the East 19U Tournament, it’s no surprise to Moundsville Post 3 manager Bill Williams that his team is 3-0 entering today’s action in the 31st annual midsummer edition.

Moundsville (6-2 overall) picked up a pair of victories Friday on David VanCamp Memorial Ballfield to remain unbeaten. It had a game with the Central Ontario Reds rained out Thursday night.

“We’re playing well. We’re hitting the ball. We’re fielding the ball and we’re pitching really well,” Williams said after an 11-3 triumph over New Martinsville Post 28 in a game stopped after six innings due to the 2-hour time limit. It was the second contest of the day for Post 3 which rallied past the E-80 Iron Pigs, 13-5, in the opener. “Those are the things you have to do to win baseball games.”

Post 3 is back in action today with a pair of games at Monarch Field in Glen Dale. It meets the Ohio Dugout Bruisers at 3:30 p.m. and then plays the Armstrong Grizzlies at 6 p.m.

“We’ve still got two games to play, so we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Williams said. “We’ve got several kids back from last year, so they know what happened. They’ve stepped up and done what we’ve asked of them. Everybody has a job to do and everybody is doing that right now.”

Cameron senior-to-be Jessop Broughton went the distance on the hill. The righthander struck out seven, walked two and scattered four hits. He threw 88 pitches, with 56 going for strikes. He retired Post 28 in order in the first (5 pitches) and fourth (struck out the side) frames.

“Jessop’s been pretty good for us this summer,” Williams said. “We’ve been fortunate. We’ve got some pitching this year. Jessop really dug down and gutted this one out today.”

Post 3 led 4-3 before adding a run in the fifth on a two-out Sloane Williams RBI single. It broke the game open with six tallies in the sixth.

Ethan Hicks had a two-run single in the outburst, while Garrett Scott, Brandon Bailey and Devin O’Bryan all delivered run-scoring base hits. Broughton helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly. He finished with two RBI. Hicks had three singles.

“Unfortunately, that’s been the trend this year. We’ve been able to hang in games early but then we start making changes due to our lack of pitching arms and the wheels seem to fall off the bus fielding-wise,” Post 28 manager Mike McKeever said. “We’re playing a lot of younger kids. We’re playing 15 year-olds and we’ve got a 14-year-old that play, and, not making excuses, but we’ve got about half of our team not here this weekend because we weren’t supposed to play in this tournament. This was a late invite because a team dropped out, so the kids thought we had the weekend off.”

New Martinsville (1-2 in Beast action, 2-12 overall) received a RBI single from Brenden Fox in the third. Its other two markers came across via errors.

In the opener, Noah Neely relieved O’Bryan in the first inning and slammed the door on the E-80 Iron Pigs, who had scored five times. He struck out two and walked one, while helping his own cause with a trio of singles and accounted for two runs.

Williams drove in three runs with a pair of singles and a double. O’Bryan singled thrice and knocked in two runs. Doug Clark had two singles and an RBI. Hicks also drove in a run with a base hit.

“We’re hitting the ball all the way through the order,” Williams said. “It’s not just been one or two guys. It’s been everyone.”