Red Riders have upper hand over Bears

NEW MANCHESTER – The Weir High baseball team opened the West Virginia Class AA sectional tournament at Oak Glen in grand fashion.

The Red Riders scored two in the top of the first inning and then cruised to a 10-1 victory behind the right arm of senior Mitch Viakley.

The teams will be back at it again today at 5.

A Weir win at the Field of Dreams assures the sectional crown. An Oak Glen triumph and the rubber game will be played at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“I’ve faced them before so I knew about how good they are. I just wanted to throw strikes. The guys made the plays behind me and we hit the ball,” said Viakley.

The game, originally scheduled for last Wednesday, had been postponed four times before getting underway on Monday.

The Red Riders struck in the first inning for two runs. After a hit batter and a Will Larch single, Michael Curtis singled to right knocking in both runners. The Bears answered in their half of the inning when Alec Swiger singled in teammate Bub Haddox.

That would be as close as he Bears would get against Viakley, who gave up six hits in the complete-game win.

The Riders got two hits each from Larch and Jacob Rosnick. Rosnick knocked in three of the Riders’ 10 runs.

First-year Weir head coach Jason Angle was happy with his young team’s effort saying “They came to play tonight, they stayed alert and played smart baseball. We got the big hits when we needed them.”

For the Bears, Swiger had two singles and the lone Golden Bear RBI.

“We played flat,” Golden Bear coach Matt Deveaney said. “Viakley was good but we didn’t hit well. We haven’t hit well all season.”