Weir downs Redskins
WEIRTON – Much like a box of chocolates, Bob Rosnick never knows what he’s going to get from his Weir High baseball team.
On Friday at Ed Bowman Field, the Red Rider skipper got something special.
Weir put a four-spot on the board in the first and second innings on its way to a convincing 12-2 victory over Indian Creek.
“You don’t know which team is going to show up,” Rosnick said. “The way we played today shows our ability. Indian Creek is a good team. We hit the ball, made the plays and our pitchers threw strikes.
“Every day is an adventure. We gave up seven runs in the first inning to Madonna Thursday. These kids are exciting, yet hard to figure out. I’m proud of them today. This win gives us some momentum going into the tournament.”
Creek, which has dropped three straight since Tuesday’s big win over Wheeling Park, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to Zack Williams’ RBI single. His base knock scored Tanner Wise, who doubled to the gap in right-center.
Weir responded with four in the home half of the frame. Jeremy Swartzmiller walked and moved to third when Will Larch ripped a double to left-center. Matt Cessna’s single plated Swartzmiller. Larch would touch home on a Creek throwing error (the Redskins were guilty of six fielding miscues).
Josh Russell’s two-bagger to right-center chased home Cessna. Russell made it 4-1, scoring as Cody Knight reached on an error.
The Redskins, now 13-9, cut the margin in half, getting a second inning run without the benefit of a hit. Adam Freshwater, who was hit by a pitch, scored when Williams was safe on an error. Mike Cottis’ club left the bases loaded in both the first and second innings.
The Red Riders added four more in the second. Mitch Viakley’s two-run double was the big blow. Russell got his second RBI with a base knock.
Knight’s double and Viakley’s second base hit produced two runs in the fourth. Zac Knuutila legged out a two-bagger in the sixth, helping Weir get another pair of tallies to end the contest early.
Jake Wypasek started on the mound for Weir and was credited with the pitching win. He gave way to Cessna in the second.
Cessna was outstanding in fourth and a third innings of work, allowing just two hits and no runs. He fanned three and didn’t allow a walk.
“Matt did a great job for us,” Rosnick pointed out. “We were in trouble when he came in (Creek had the bases loaded with two outs). If he doesn’t come in and shut them down, it could have been a different game.”
Viakley paced Weir’s 13-hit attack with a double, two singles and three RBIs. Larch and Russell both had two hits.
Dustin Rath got the start for Creek, which visits Brooke today for a single game starting at noon, and was tagged with the loss. Tanner Wise, Drew Sullivan and Tyler Bowers also saw duty on the bump.
“We’re not playing very well right now,” Cottis stated. “They’ve lost confidence at some point and at some point soon, they need to get it back. Our defense is letting us down. We’re not making plays and that’s carrying over and it kind of snowballs.
“We didn’t play well out at Carrollton, down at Bellaire or here today. We have to keep battling and get better every day. We’re going to our field right now to practice and work on getting better.”
Weir, 10-11, is off until Wednesday when it opens Region 1, Section 1 tournament play against Oak Glen. The best of three series will be played at Bowman field at 4 p.m.
The second game is scheduled for Thursday and game three, if necessary, will be played Friday.