By Carl Holcomb
Suffering a humiliating 10-0 defeat inspired Moorefield Post 64 to rise from the pit of despair to gain a 7-5 victory to split the doubleheader against Romney Post 91 at George Hott Field last Wednesday.
Romney built a 3-0 lead through the several innings, then produced a six-run sixth inning to put the first game away.
Romney pitcher Zach Whitacre threw nine strikeouts in the first game of the doubleheader.
Chances were coming for Moorefield, but nothing transpired as the third inning had hope on a leadoff single by Isaac Van Meter before being stranded on a strikeout, groundout and flyout.
It appeared Moorefield would have an opportunity to score in the fourth inning as Jake Ours hit a leadoff single, but was caught stealing and two consecutive walks to Blake Watts and Westly Martinez didn’t result in a run as Seth Hoyt and Hayden Baldwin flew out.
[private] Moorefield’s Jestin Cosner made a nice snatch in the fifth inning on a low fly ball in left field, then Romney’s Andrew Butts was given a walk and John Ackerman reached safely on a fielder’s choice error as the ball was dropped when Rion Landes flipped it to Brent Moran.
After a flyout tracked down by Ours, Tobin Whittington connected for an RBI single in center field and Moran tossed to Landes for the last out at second base.
Van Mater drew a walk and stole around to third base before being left aboard on three strikeouts.
In the sixth inning, Moorefield pitcher Dylan Koontz issued three walks, Camden White had a bunt single and Whitacre hit an RBI groundout for a 5-0 lead.
Grant Keller replaced Koontz on the mound for Moorefield, then Romney’s John Ackerman smacked a two-run producing single.
After a groundout, Tobin Whittington smashed a two-RBI triple and scored on a passed ball for a 10-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Whitacre bookended the frame with two strikeouts around Watts single to right field and a fielder’s choice from Martinez.
Moorefield pitcher Fisher Wheeler allowed a leadoff single to Whitacre to commence the second contest which eluded a dive by Moran, but was stranded on two flyouts caught by Jake Ours in center field and a leaping snag by Lane Ours at second base.
Romney pitcher Devin Lynch issued a leadoff walk to Cosner, then Van Meter singled to center field and the bases were loaded when Jake Ours was hit by a pitch.
Watts plated one run on a fielder’s choice out at third base for a 1-0 Moorefield edge.
Blake Conrad flew out and Watts was caught stealing with the tag made by Romney second baseman Morgan Little.
Whittington singled into right field for Romney in the top of the second inning and stole second base, then Hayden Baldwin caught a pop-up.
Andrew Liller hit an RBI sacrifice fly with Ours making the catch near the fence, then Watts caught the last out on launch by Little.
Baldwin grounded out, then Jacob Mauzy was given a free pass before being stranded on a strikeout and groundout.
Romney’s Jesse Smith reached first base on an error in the third inning and made a steal, then Whitacre hit into a double play with a line drive catch by Baldwin and throw to second base for the out and Cosner made the next out in left field.
Cosner struck out, then Van Meter singled into left field and was caught in a pickoff by the catcher before Lynch retired the side with a strikeout to Ours.
Jake Ours caught two fly balls and Wheeler ended top of the fourth inning with a strikeout.
Watts and Conrad struck out, then Baldwin drew a walk before being left aboard on a groundout by Mauzy.
Romney’s William Wasson singled to left field and stole second base on a failed pickoff in the fifth inning, then Wheeler got strikeout.
Little was issued a walk, then Smith hit an RBI single in right center field to take a 2-1 lead.
After a walk to Whitacre, Butts bunted into a fielder’s choice out at home before Smith scored on a passed ball, 3-1.
Moorefield’s Lane Ours was given a walk and Moran struck out before Liller came in to pitch for Romney.
Cosner connected for an RBI single to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Van Meter singled to left field and Jake Ours was walked to load the bases.
Watts garnered an RBI single into left field to tie the game, then Conrad hit into a double play and the run coming home didn’t count.
Keller pitched for Moorefield in the sixth inning opening up with a strikeout on John Judy, then Whittington ripped a triple down the right field line before being stranded on two groundouts.
Maury and Lane Ours singled with one out for Moorefield, then Judy stepped on the mound for Romney.
Moran was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then a balk on a fake throw to third base created a run.
Cosner hit an RBI groundout to put Moorefield ahead 5-3 and Van Merer flew out to right center field.
In the seventh inning, Whitacre tripled with two outs with the ball spinning into right field and the throw to third base was off the mark.
Butts garnered an RBI single into right field to close the gap to 5-4, then Mauzy came in to close for Moorefield and induced a groundout to seal the win.
Moorefield split another doubleheader over the weekend against Kingwood, 7-5 and 7-4.