Myers hurls Moundsville by Weirton, 8-0, in OVBL
GLEN DALE — Joe Myers hadn’t started a game on the mound since last season. He had, however, been bugging Matt Carnahan for a chance. Wish granted.
Myers pitched seven strong innings as Moundsville (5-7) won for the second straight time in an 8-0 blanking of visiting Weirton Wednesday night on the picturesque John Marshall High School diamond in Ohio Valley Baseball League action.
“I felt really good out there. My changeup was working well and it kept them off-balance,” Myers said after scattering seven singles, striking four — all looking — and walking nobody. He threw 83 pitches of which 58 were strikes. Sixteen of the 28 batters he faced saw a first-pitch strike.
“No walks was the big thing for Joe tonight,” player/manager Carnahan said. “He was accurate. Everything he was throwing was hitting the corners. He did a good job of finding their bats because when they did make contact it wasn’t all that good. They hit a lot of fly balls and a couple of line drives.
“He’s been telling me now for a couple of games that he wanted to start. Tonight’s performance shows that he probably should get another start,” Carnahan added.
After retiring the side in order in the first, Myers allowed two hits in the second when he worked out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing a popup in foul territory. The other runner had reached on the Expos lone fielding miscue. The Bobcats (4-6) never got another runner past second and stranded seven.
“We haven’t been hitting the ball all that well this season, but the bats will come around,” Weirton player/manager Jacob Rosnick said. “We made a couple of errors, but that’s baseball. We’ll figure it out.”
As it turned out, Moundsville scored the only run it would need in the third when Jake Stoner came through in the clutch for the second straight game. With two outs and Andrew Kowalo on second after walking and advancing on a wild pitch, Weirton elected to intentionally walk Carnahan as Maynard did on Monday. Stoner sent an 0-1 pitch from Ryan Neely into center as Kowalo scored without a play.
“Not trying to sound arrogant or be cocky, I understand them walking someone that has been hitting the ball as well as I have,” said the Cameron High baseball coach. “Fortunately, Jake has been hitting the ball just as well.”
Neely threw 86 pitches, with 50 being strikes. It was his first loss in three summers.
“Ryan’s definitely been our stud but he just didn’t have it tonight,” Rosnick said of Neely who walked half-a-dozen and struck out four in five innings of work.
Seven of the Expos nine starters recorded hits, with Carnahan knocking in three runs and Stoner two. Rosnick had two of the Bobcats’ safeties.
Moundsville continues its regular season-ending homestand Friday as first-place Barton visits. Weirton hosts Barton tonight and then welcomes Maynard on Friday.