By Carl Holcomb
Moorefield American Legion Post 64 Baseball got payback and halted an 11-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over Garrett County Post 214-71 last Thursday at George Hott Field.
“I’m always happy to get a win, especially when we’ve been struggling. I was happy overall with the whole game, we played some defense, our pitchers threw strikes and we got some timely hitting,” Moorefield manager Ritchie Baldwin commented.
“It seemed like the players were in the game. When you pitch the ball, hit the ball and catch the ball right, you can be successful. Today I thought it was the best overall game we’ve played all season. It was Phil’s [Garrett County coach] fourth game this week, so he was running low on pitching. They are a good ball club. They didn’t hit the ball very well tonight, but overall a good hitting team and a fundamentally sound team. Phil actually coached me when I played Legion ball in Oakland, so it’s always good to get a ‘W’ against your coach. Overall I’m pleased with everything. Grant [Keller] pitching, first time he’s been on the field this season. I threw him right out there and he looked really well. Overall happy with the play of the group and their attention to the game.”
The first inning was quick as both teams went down in order starting with Moorefield pitcher Grant Keller forcing three fly balls which were caught by Jake Ours twice in centerfield and shortstop Brent Moran chasing ball into shallow outfield.
Garrett County pitcher Peyton Carr forced a pop-up by Moorefield’s Jestin Cosner, struck out Seth Hoyt and induced a groundout by Blake Conrad to the shortstop.