Oak Glen grabs upper hand
WEIRTON – Oak Glen is 21 outs away from advancing in the West Virginia Class AA baseball tournament.
The Golden Bears beat rival Weir High 11-1 in five innings Wednesday at Bowman Field. The squads will be back at it on the same dirt at 4 p.m. today.
“We played well,” said first-year Oak Glen coach Mat Deveaney. “It was a good start to the postseason for us and it was a good start in this game for us.
“We normally don’t get started very quickly, but, it’s a rivalry school, we haven’t played them all year and we were ready for some competition.”
Both games this year were not played due to the weather.
The 12-9 Bears came into the Region 1, Section 1 tournament 11-9 and on a three-game winning streak.
For the 11-11 Red Riders, coach Bob Rosnick saw something all too familiar.
“You never know from one day to the next with this team,” he said. “One day we’ll get 10-runned and the next day we’ll come out and 10-run someone.
“Make no mistake, we’re not dead. We’re not laying down. We’ll come out tomorrow ready to play baseball and do our best to get it to Game 3.”
The Bears scored six in the first inning for it’s lead-foot start.
Matt McLaughlin reached on an error on a full-count pitch and Zach Porter followed with a single.
Bub Haddox and Trey Smith were walked for a run and Alex Wedgwood followed with a two-run base knock.
Tyler Steed was hit by a pitch, Alec Swiger reached on a fielder’s choice and Nathan Wright’s walk scored another run. Kyle Woodruff then reached on another fielder’s choice to score the final run.
Oak Glen plated three in the second.
Porter walked and Haddox followed with a two-run blast. Smith doubled and Wedgwood’s single brought him home.
“You can’t get down 9-0 in the second inning to anyone,” said Rosnick.
Wedgwood singled to start the third and, two errors later, a bases-loaded walk to Haddox sent him home.
Porter singled to begin the fifth and eventually scored on another fielder’s choice.
Haddox fanned two and walked five. He allowed his first hit, a sharp single to left by Kamari Washington, in the bottom of the fourth.
“Bub pitched well,” said Deveaney. “He still had a little trouble with his control and that’s been his poison.
“But, he hit a shot for us and made pitches when he had to.
“We now have to forget about this game and come out tomorrow and play good baseball.”
Weir’s William Larch singled with one out in the fifth and eventually scored when Josh Russell, who had walked, stole second and the throw went into center field.
“We’re not giving up. We’ll throw today away, come back tomorrow and try it again,” said Rosnick. “We’ll keep fighting.”
Oak Glen 11, Weir 1
Oak Glen 631 01 – 11 8 1
Weir 000 01 – 1 2 4
OAK GLEN: B. Haddox (WP, 2K, 5BB), Porter (5, 1K, 1BB) and Smith; Porter 2S; Haddox HR, 3RBI; Smith D, RBI; Wedgwood 2S, 3RBI; Wright RBI; Woodruff S, RBI; D. Haddox S.
WEIR: Knuutila (LP, 0K, 3BB), Cessna (1, 2K, 1BB), Wypasek (3, 1K, 2BB) and Curtis; Washington S; Larch S.