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Liberty too much for Doddridge

by Randall Jett

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WEST UNION -- Liberty upended Doddridge County, 20-4, Tuesday night at Alumni Field. Liberty pounded out 17 hits, including seven extra base hits.

After a scoreless first inning, Liberty got two runs in the second. Andrew Knight scored on John Conch's triple, and Conch then scored on an infield single by Dustin Morris.

Liberty was led by Jack Hurst, who went 3-for-5 with a triple, three runs, and three RBIs; Denver Winters went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run with five RBIs; Morris went 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs and two RBIs.

"We hit the ball hard and everyone played," Liberty coach Pete Iquinto said. "We got a chance to start a freshman and get him some experience pitching. (Tuesday) everything went our way. Sometimes it doesn't."

Freshman Josh Nutt was the winning pitcher. He held Doddridge County to just four runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking three in five innings.

Doddridge County was led by Chris Gum, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Darren Swisher, who went 2-for-3.

n BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR 8, Lincoln 4: Lincoln was unable to overcome the bats of Buckhannon-Upshur, as the Buccaneers outhit the Cougars 13-8.

Eric Hardesty led the way for Lincoln, with two hits, including a home run, two runs, and two RBIs. Matt Ice and Eric Miker also added two hits, with one of Miker's going for a double.

"We just had some untimely errors," coach Tommy Hunter said. "We left too many runners in scoring position. Buckhannon-Upshur's a fundamentally sound team."

Wes Osbourn dropped to 4-4 pitching on the season for Lincoln (7-12), despite striking out six without allowing a walk.

Prep Track

The Bridgeport boys team and the Doddridge County girls team claimed the Doddridge Hosts Harrison track and field titles on Monday.

Bridgeport defeated host Doddridge, 197-144. Liberty (92) was third, followed by Lincoln (91.5), South Harrison (21.5) and Notre Dame (0).

Bridgeport was led by high-point winner Joe Ielapi. He finished with 28.5 points, including victories in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.8) and 300-meter hurdles (43.9) and was the anchor leg of the Indians' first-place shuttles relay team (1:02.6).

Powered by four relay victories and a dominating performance in the pole vault, Doddridge outdistanced second place Bridgeport, 249-145. South Harrison (43) was third followed by Liberty (39), Lincoln (39) and Notre Dame (18).

Bridgeport's Theresa Melko captured the girls high-point honor with 30 points. She won the discus (126 feet, 11 inches, the top mark in Class AA this season) and the 800 (2:32.1) and finished second in the shot put.

n RCB DOMINATES MEET: Robert C. Byrd ran away with both the boys and girls races Tuesday at a five-team meet at RCB.

On the boys side, RCB won 11 of 18 events to outdistance second place Liberty, 152-124. George Shehl won high-point honors with 20 points. He won the 400-meter run with a time of :56.6 and was a member of the winning 4x100 team.

The Eagles girls won 12 of 18 events, led by the Gottschling sisters. Liann and Celia shared the high-point honors, combining to win five events. RCB won by a 120-56 margin over Tygarts Valley.

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