Weir High puts dent in Edison’s record
WEIRTON — Whether the Weir High baseball team is in a good or bad groove, head coach Jason Angle has confidence every time freshman Tyler Kelly takes the mound.
Kelly might have given his coach even more self-assurance after Wednesday’s home contest. Kelly went the distance, worked around three errors and led the Red Riders to a 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten Edison.
“Once again, he stepped on the mound and led us,” Angle said. “He has composure and just does a great job. We’re really pleased with him.”
Kelly struck out just one batter but only walked a pair. The Wildcats (8-1) were aggressive throughout, swinging at numerous pitches early in the count. However, most were hit directly at a fielder.
“I just don’t really think it was our day,” Edison head coach Mike Collopy said. “(Kelly) did a real good job and kept us off balance for the most part. They made the plays they needed to, took advantage of our mistakes and capitalized. That’s just how baseball goes. We just have to move on, have a good day of practice (today) and get ready for Friday.”
Opposing Kelley was senior southpaw Anthony Sinicropi, a Kent State commit. He also went the distance, walking three and striking out four in the process.
“I knew when we saw the lineup card that we would have to work for it today,” Angle said. “He’s a good pitcher and threw a good game. They’re a fundamentally sound team. It’s a nice win for us.”
Sinicropi, Edison’s leadoff batter, began the game with a double and later scored on George Ash’s sacrifice fly. Then, trailing 3-1 with two outs in the seventh inning, Sinicropi launched a solo home run to right-center field.
“Anthony’s a competitor. I thought he competed and gave us a shot,” Collopy said. “We just didn’t give him enough run support.”
The Wildcats did not commit an error, so all three runs from the Red Riders (8-7) were earned in multiple ways.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Reid Hoover tied the contest with a hard-hit grounder that took a funky hop on Ash, Edison’s first baseman. It resulted in a double and allowed Elijah Gillette to cross home plate.
Later on in the inning, Hoover scored on a wild pitch — the Wildcats’ biggest mistake of the day — and Weir High took a 2-1 advantage.
The Red Riders added an insurance run in the fourth thanks to the bottom of the order. Sebastian Spencer hustled for a one-out triple and then scored on Brodie McUmar’s run-scoring single.
“Offensively yes, but also defensively,” Angle said regarding Spencer’s impact. “He can run just about anything down. We have a really solid outfield. I can’t say enough about all of them, even the ones who weren’t in the lineup today.”
Fast-forwarding to the top of the seventh, the Wildcats put the tying run on base after Sinicropi’s bomb thanks to a single from Ryan Higgs. Alec McBane, though, flew out on the first pitch to end the contest.
“That’s just who we are. We didn’t change our approach,” Collopy said on his team swinging early in the count. “We felt confident with the guys we had up. We had a shot but just couldn’t get it done.”
Riley Watson had the fourth hit for Edison, which was a single. Andrew Kinney walked once and reached base twice on errors. Conrad Gump also walked.
For Weir High, Gillette singled twice and walked once. Tyler Komorowski walked, as did Tanner Mikula, and Spencer stole a base after hitting an infield single in the sixth.
The Wildcats return home to host Buckeye Local on Friday. Weir High heads to John Marshall today, hoping to make a splash in the OVAC standings before the cutoff day on Wednesday.
“Our offense was a little better today, but we’re still leaving too many runners stranded. We have to do a better job of getting the leadoff man in,” Angle said. “I’m really happy with this group, though. We need to stay positive as we head to the second half of the season and build some momentum.”
(Catullo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Weir High 3, Edison 2
Edison 1-0-0 0-0-0 1 — 2-4-0
Weir 0-0-2 1-0-0 x — 3-8-3
EDISON (8-1): Sinicropi (lp, CG, 3BB, 4K) and Gump.
WEIR HIGH (8-7): Kelly (wp, CG, 2BB, 1K) and McUmar.
TWO OR MORE HITS: Edison (Sinicropi 2); Weir High (Gillette 2, Spencer 2). DOUBLES: Edison 1 (Sinicropi); Weir High 1 (Hoover). TRIPLES: Edison none; Weir High 1 (Spencer). HOME RUNS: Edison 1 (Sinicropi); Weir High none. RBIs: Edison (Sinicropi, Ash); Weir High (Hoover, McUmar).