|Post 13 wins Hillbilly Hardball Classic
BUCKHANNON -- Clarksburg Post 13 erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the third inning and cruised to an easy 12-4 win over Wellsburg in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.
Leading 2-1, Jon Alfera drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double. Two batters later, George Shehl doubled to drive in two runs and help give Post 13 a 6-1 lead.
The cushion was more than enough for starter Aaron Byrd, who struck out five in five innings, gave up one run and was backed by a defense which turned two double plays to help get out of potential jams.
"Everyone is starting to come around," Clarksburg coach Pat Secret said. "Aaron did a really nice job for us. He's not real overpowering, but he kept them guessing.
"Defensively, we played with a lot of intensity and didn't make a lot of mistakes. If we can continue to do that and get the timely hits, I think we'll be all right."
Shehl and Alfera and Jeff Straface each had two hits, while right fielder Kurt Skasik added a double.
Post 13 returns to action at 11:30 a.m. today when it plays St. Albans at Philip Barbour High School.
Late Friday, Bridgeport Post 68 claimed two wins in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic.
Post 68 defeated Elkins, 12-7, and Keyser, 5-4.
Paul Graeber picked up the win in the first game, while Chris Liebig garnered the victory in the second contest.
n I-79 RESULTS: For the fifth straight week, Clarksburg's Paul Wilmoth Jr. won the Late Model feature at Interstate 79 Speedway.
He was followed by Robbie Scott, Mike Benedum, Scott Miles and Tim Senic.
In Semi Lates, Pennsboro's M.T. Hall won his second feature of the season. He was followed by Stevie Wilmoth, Rick Burrows, Chris Smith and Stanley Spooner.
Salem's Shawn Davis won the Modifieds, followed by Vic Vandergrift, Wayne Jordan, Tom Singleton and Ron Parrish.
Last year's Pure Stock champion, Jim Byers, won his first feature of the season. Chuck Bloom, Jon Wamsley, Rick Bell and Lee Mullins rounded out the top five.
Dave Summers won his second straight 4-Cylinder feature. He was followed by Tom Simpson, Bill Robinson, Bruce Satterfield and Sonny Crayton.
n CLEAVENGER LEADS AT LAKE FLOYD: Defending champion Bill Cleavenger of Philippi shot a 1-under 61 to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the 28th Lake Floyd Open.
Ken Geissler of Reynoldsville is second at 64, followed by Steve Haynes of Lake Floyd (65), Ray Hayhurst (66) and Jim Courtney of Clarksburg (67). The tournament concludes today with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
Cleavenger, 36, won his first Lake Floyd Open title last year.
n FAIRMONT SWEEPS: Fairmont downed Rosemont, 6-5 and 2-0, in a Pen-Mar doubleheader sweep on Saturday.
In the opener, Josh Haggerty and Lucas Koldress each homered for Rosemont. John Evans went 3-for-4 for Fairmont in the second game.
Rosemont (3-5) plays Fairmont at Fairmont State College at 2 p.m. today.