Weirton drops out of Area 1 tourney

The Weirton Post 10 Legion baseball team’s season has come to an unanticipated end.

The West Virginia Area 1 Legion Tournament is scheduled to get under way at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the I-470 Complex, however, Weirton and Moundsville Post 3 will no longer be taking part in it as the two team’s have forfeited the tournament leaving Wheeling Post 1 and New Martinsville Post 28 to battle it out for the right to advance to the state tournament. The two teams will play each day until one team is left standing. The pairings for the tournament are normally decided by the team’s records against each other in the games played during the regular season.

Weirton was scheduled to play a doubleheader Friday at Wheeling, however, Post 10 forfeited the games due to not having enough players to play the games.

Moundsville forfeited a game against Wheeling Saturday due to not having enough players to play.

Weirton played a solid game July 14 against Toronto, but Post 86 was able to defeat Post 10, 6-1, at the Knights Baseball Complex.

“One thing we want to see is we want to see guys improve,” Weirton head coach Jason Swartzmiller said on Sunday. “We want them to go back to their high school teams improved from where they were. We want to see guys get better. The guys who have constantly been here throughout the season have improved. They have progressed as players. As a coach, that is what you want to see.”

That game came a couple of days after Toronto defeated Weirton, 17-1, in five innings at Edwin Bowman Field.

Weirton opened the season June 1 with a doubleheader against Jefferson County Post 33 at Vaccaro Field. Post 33 swept the doubleheader.

Jefferson County won the first game, 11-5, before winning the second one, 7-1.

Post 10 concludes the season 4-16.

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