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Moundsville plays long ball in topping Maynard twice

• Expos blast three home runs in 5-1, 8-4 victories

MAYNARD’S ERIC Banal (6) slides into home plate safely as Moundsville catcher Matt Carnahan applies the late tag. However, Moundsville won a doubleheader by scores of 5-1 and 8-4. Maynard’s Tyler Ramsay looks on.

MAYNARD — Moundsville flexed its muscles Sunday afternoon in its return to the Ohio Valley Baseball League as it swept a doubleheader from homestanding Maynard on the Community Park diamond.

The Expos (2-0) clubbed three home runs in the two games, including three in a 5-1 victory over the Indians (0-2) in the opener.

Player/manager Matt Carnhan singled, doubled , homered and drove in four runs in Game 1. Andrew Kowalo singled twice, doubled and went deep as well.

“Usually the first week of the season you don’t see much offense at all. It usually takes everyone a week or so to get their timing down, but both teams hit the ball hard today,” Carnahan said. “Four home runs in one day is amazing, but we’ll take it.”

The Expos’ pitchers did a good job, as well.

Doug Clark, a Bishop Donahue grad, hurled five shutout innings in the opener before Jordan Daugherty closed the door. Clark, a left, fanned four but walked six in allowing just one hit. Daugherty also struck our four and didn’t walk a batter. He permitted three hits and the lone run.

Mason Ramsay doubled home older brother Tyler with Maynard’s only run, that coming in the sixth inning.

Chris McIntyre took the loss, striking out seven but issuing six free passes. He gave up seven hits.

IN the nightcap, the Indians broke out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first two frames, but the Expos evened things in the third

Tim Mirandy, who played for Maynard last season, gave Moundsville the lead for good with a two-run blast to deep left in the fifth.

The Expos tacked on another tally before adding two more in the sixth and one in the seventh for an 8-4 nod that completed the sweep.

Kowalo swatted a pair of two-baggers and drove in two runs while Jake Stoner had two singles and an RBI.

Hunter Westlake singled and homered to plate a pair of runs for Maynard. Mackenzie Koehler had an RBI single. Matt Masarick singled twice.

Matt Brooks went five innings for the win. He struck out five, walked one and scattered seven hits. Joe Myers fanned a pair in relief.

Michael Oberdick took the loss for Maynard.

“We couldn’t get a big hit when we needed one and they (Moundsville) hit the heck out of the ball,” Maynard manager David Vicker said. “We’ll be alright, though.”

Moundsville hosts Barton tonight while Maynard remains at home to host Weirton. Both games have 6 p.m. first pitches.

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