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.
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.
[private] In the second inning, Moran collected a leadoff grounder by Kris Tusing for an out, then Brandon Lucas hit the ball up the middle.
Moorefield’s Rion Landes completed a fielder’s choice to Moran and Hoyt caught a fly ball in right field to retire the side.
After a strikeout to Austin Whetzel. Moorefield (2-13) got the bats swinging as Westly Martinez connected for a grounder into left field for a single and Jake Ours followed with the same.
Landes knocked an RBI single down the right field line to put Moorefield up 1-nil, then Keller struck out and Moran hit into a fielder’s choice.
Garrett County’s Sam Beeman reached base on an error in the third inning, then Moorefield catcher Westly Martinez fielded a bunt for an out at first base.
Blake Conrad was off the bag receiving a pass as Garrett County’s Peyton Carr got aboard.
The bases were loaded on a walk, then Logan Yommer hit a sacrifice fly into center field to knot the contest up and a pop-out to Landes ended
After a flyout by Cosner, Hoyt was issued a walk and was hit in the face sliding into second base for a steal.
Conrad hit to the third baseman and arrived safely as the first baseman caught the ball off the bag.
Whetzel connected for a fly ball to the left fielder, then Martinez hit a hard grounder which was knocked down by the second baseman resulting in an RBI single as Moorefield went up 2-1 and a flyout retired the side.
Ours caught a fly ball to begin the fourth inning, then Elliot Schlepp drew a full-count walk.
Keller caught a line drive for the second out of the frame.
Beeman singled into center field and inning came to an end on a fielder’s choice.
Landes and Keller hit back-to-back singles into left field for Moorefield, then Moran bunted and Carr dropped the ball on the tag attempt as the bases were now loaded.
Cosner slithered a two-run producing single up the middle to extend the lead to 4-1.
Hoyt bunted into a fielder’s choice at third base before Conrad was given a free pass to load the bases again.
Whetzel notched an RBI sacrifice fly to make it 5-1, then Martinez grounded out on a diving stop by the second baseman.
Moorefield relief pitcher Dylan Koontz came to the mound in the fifth inning and tossed a strikeout before Garrett County’s Hayden McLaughlin got on base with a bunt single and Yommer drew a walk.
Both were stranded on catches in center field by Ours.
Ours went down swinging to Garrett County pitcher Elliot Schilpp, then Landes drew a walk.
Koontz launched a deep shot near the left field fence, but it was caught.
Moran hit a blooper into right field, but Moorefield failed to score as Cosner popped out.
Garrett County loaded the bases in the sixth inning with two outs on a pair of walks and a single by the shortstop.
A third walk given to McLaughlin cut the deficit to 5-2, then Cosner closed the inning with a catch in left field.
After a strikeout to Hoyt, Blake Conrad was issued a walk for Moorefield.
Austin Whetzel crushed a ground rule double to center field to put runners in scoring position.
Martinez hit into a fielder’s choice with an error scoring runner Jacob Mauzy as the throw went past the catcher and Martinez advanced to second base.
Two ducks on the pond for Ours, who garnered an RBI single into left field.
Landes notched an RBI groundout to extend the lead to 8-2 and Isaac Van Meter struck out.
Van Meter came in as the pitcher for Moorefield and issued a leadoff walk to Kris Tusing.
Brandon Lucas reached base on an error by Landes, then Schilpp’s hit was stopped on a diving play by Moran at shortstop and his throw to third base from his knees got the out with Hayden Baldwin receiving the pass.
Landes turned a double play from second base to Mauzy at first base to retire the side.
Moorefield went down in order on a groundout by Moran, Lane Ours struck out and Hoyt hit a line drive to the second baseman.
Baldwin stepped on the mound for Moorefield in the eighth inning and got some help on defense as Ours caught the first out, then struck out the next batter before issuing two walks and getting out of the jam on a pop out to Landes.
Mauzy grounded out to third base for Moorefield, then Baldwin struck out and Martinez flew out to right field.
Moorefield’s Seth Hoyt came in to pitch and Garrett County’s Kris Tusing reached base on an error at shortstop.
Lucas smacked an RBI triple into center field over Ours to make it 8-3, then Schilpp was hit by a pitch.
Bryce Jones connected for an RBI groundout to cut the deficit in half, 8-4.
Hoyt garnered a strikeout, then hit the next batter and issued a walk to load the bases.
Moorefield manager Ritchie Baldwin brought in Mauzy to close the game and Mauzy struck out the final batter to seal the 8-4 victory.