Weirton pieces together sweep of New Martinsville
WEIRTON — They were not the prettiest games that Weirton coach Jason Schwartzmiller had ever coached, but his Post 10 club racked up a pair of wins by sweeping New Martinsville Post 28 Saturday in a doubleheader at Edwin J. Bowman Field.
“Whenever they got up, we were able to battle back,” Schwartzmiller said. “In both games we continued to fight.”
Post 10, which now sits at 3-4, used two very different lineups due to some players having to leave after the first game, and were forced to move guys into unfamiliar positions on the diamond, but still found a way to out-slug winless New Martinsville (0-8) in both contest by 8-7 and 15-10 scores.
“We were down to nine guys and actually had to pick up a guy for the second game,” Schwartzmiller said. “That was definitely tough but we were able to come through. We had some guys out of position but they battled and we hit the ball well. Anytime you have guys that play more than one position it is definitely a plus. It lets us move guys in and out and move guys around.”
The teams combined for 40 runs, 42 hits and 13 errors on the afternoon.
“We were on the short end,” Post 28 coach Eric McKeeever said. “We hit the ball well in both games, we just did not make the plays we needed when we needed to.”
The first game featured a dramatic ending. Weirton’s Sebastian Spencer capped a four hit game by driving a 2-1 pitch through the infield for a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, after New Martinsville had tied the game at 7-7 in the top half to stay alive.
“He was great,” Schwartzmiller said of Spencer. “He is at the top of our line up. Anytime he can get on base and use his speed that is a big plus for us. He should be able to use his speed and steal on anybody.”
Jake Rosnick got the win on the mound in relief, while Ethan Greathouse suffered the loss. Rosnick had three hits and two RBIs, Tyler Wright hit a pair of doubles and drove in a run while Elijiah Gillette knocked in a pair of runs as well.
Rosnick, Spencer and Gillette were all among those that did not participate in the second game. Missing their bats did not slow down the offense, though.
Wright came through with another big game in the rematch, driving in three runs with a pair of hits, including a big bases-clearing double in the sixth to help add some insurance runs. Devin Donaldson followed up a pair of RBIs in the first game with three more on three hits in the second game. In total, Post 10 got multiple hits from five different players in game two.
“The guys were just really focused on doing their jobs,” Schwartzmiller said. “One-through-nine they just continued to fight and focus on what they had to do.”
Weirton used a pair of big innings to overcome an early hole. Post 10 plated nine runs in the bottom of the third to turn a 5-2 deficit into a 11-5 lead, then a four run outburst in the sixth to extend its lead back to seven after New Martinsville had cut it down to three.
“In every game it seems like we have one inning where just can’t put it together,” McKeever said. “We start walking guys and have costly errors. That hurt us.”
New Martinsville was also without some key players on Saturday, including a pair of pitchers, and that eventually caught up to them.
“We’re kind of shorthanded,” McKeever said. “Guys are out at basketball camps and stuff like that. Our normal starting line up has not been together in a while. We were without some arms but we did the best that we could.”
A pair of Justins, Wagoner and Pennybacker, combined on the mound to seal the sweep for Weirton. Wagoner started and went 4 2/3 innings to get the win, while Pennybacker took over in the fifth when the score was a lot closer and closed out the rest of the way.
New Martinsville faces Moundsville’s U17 team on the road today, while Weirton hosts Wheeling for a make up game on Monday.
Weirton 8, New Martinsville 7
New Martinsville 1-0-3 0-0-2 1 — 7 7 2
Weirton 2-0-0 0-3-2 1 — 8 12 3
NEW MARTINSVILLE (0-7): Slider (5 2/3IP, 7R (7ER), 11H, 3K, 3BB), Greathouse (LP, 2/3IP, 1R (1ER), 1H, 1K, 3BB) and Nice.
WEIRTON (2-4): Dawson (4 1/3IP, 4R (4ER), 3H, 4K, 8BB), Rosnick (WP, 2 2/3IP, 3R (3ER), 4H, 5K, 2BB) and Tate.
TWO OR MORE HITS: New Martinsville (Mirandy 2, Greathouse 2); Weirton (Spencer 4, Rosnick 3, Wright 2). DOUBLES: New Martinsville: None; Weirton: 2 (Wright 2). TRIPLES: New Martinsville: 1 (Mirandy); Weirton: 1 (Spencer). HOME RUNS: None. RBIs: New Martinsville (Mirandy, Saxton, Stackpole, Slider, Greathouse, Kocher); Weirton (Spencer, E. Gillette 2, Rosnick 2, Wright, Donaldson, Pennybacker).
Weirton 15, New Martinsville 10
New Martinsville 3-2-0 0-3-0 2 — 10 11 3
Weirton 2-0-9 0-0-4 x — 15 13 5
NEW MARTINSVILLE (0-8): Cisar (LP, 2 2/3IP, 11R (9ER), 7H, 1K, 4BB), Greathouse (2 1/3IP, 0R, 3H, 4K, 1BB), Nice (0IP, 3R (3ER), 1H, 0K, 2BB), Mirandy (1IP, 1R (1ER), 3H, 1K, 0BB) and Cross.
WEIRTON (3-4): Wagoner (WP, 4 2/3IP, 8R (4ER), 8H, 2K, 3BB, 2HBP), Pennybacker (SV, 2 1/3, 2R (2ER), 3H, 4K, 1BB) and Dawson.
TWO OR MORE HITS: New Martinsville (Stackpole 2, Greathouse 2, Mirandy 2, Saxton 2); Weirton (Dawson 2, Walls 2, Pennybacker 2, Wright 2, Donaldson 2). DOUBLES: New Martinsville: 1 (Nice); Weirton: 3 (Walls, Wright, Donaldson). TRIPLES: None. HOME RUNS: None. RBIs: New Martinsville (Stackpole 2, Cisar 2, Mirandy 2, Saxton); Weirton (Dawson 2, Walls 3, Pennybacker, Wright 3, Donaldson 3, Wagoner 2, DeMico 2).