Braxton Co. defeats ND; RCBtops Philip Barbour
From Staff Reports
FLATWOODS Notre Dame pitchers walked 10 batters
in a 15-10 loss to Braxton County in prep baseball action on Tuesday.
Braxton grabbed a 5-0, first-inning lead before
Notre Dame (5-4) battled back to take an 8-6 advantage into into the bottom
of the sixth inning. But Braxton then pulled even and ran away with the
win. Morgan OBrien went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Notre
Dame, while Dustin Watson also had two RBIs.
-ROBERT C. BYRD 14, Philip Barbour 12: Anthony Gianettinos two-run
home run in the bottom of the eighth lifted RCB.
Gianettino 3-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs. James Funk
also went 3-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs.
Scott Ross added three hits, while Gabe Devano had two hits for
RCB (7-1, 4-0 Big 10). Joe Moore picked up the win.
-DODDRIDGE CO. 15, Calhoun Co. 2: Class A No. 9 Doddridge scored early
and often against Calhoun County in a game shortened to five innings. BenJo
McKinney and Jake Juliano each had three hits and two RBIs for Doddridge
(3-4). Juliano also picked up the win.
Rick Gray, Chris Gum and Eian Kelley each had two
hits for Doddridge. Gray had a double, and David Hoskinson had a triple.
ROBERT C. BYRD 6, Preston 4: Shawna Elder came on
in relief and Kristen Goff and Courtney Pool had two hits apiece for Byrd.
Preston led 4-3 before Robert C. Byrd (7-3) scored twice in the fifth and
again in the sixth to pull away.
DAVIS & ELKINS 2-8, West Liberty 0-5: Jake Linley
and Ryan Ferretti tossed complete games as Davis & Elkins earned a
WVC doubleheader sweep. Linley (4-1) allowed just four hits and Mike Carter
had a solo home run in the opener.
In the nightcap, Ferretti (2-2) struck out five
and walked just one and Donnie Reeves, Billy Greenwell and Nick Lahman
all had two hits and drove in a run for Davis & Elkins (16-12, 8-2).
SHEPHERD 6-3, Salem-Teikyo 3-1: Shepherd swept error-plagued
Salem-Teikyo. In the first game, S-TU (19-21-1, 4-8) held a 2-1 lead
before committing three errors in Shepherds four-run fourth inning.
In the second game, S-TUs lone error helped Shepherd
break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth. S-TUs Chris Durant homered
in the first game, while Jeremy Sutton had a double and an RBI. Deke Akin
went 2-for-4 with a double for S-TU..
CONCORD 8-3, West Virginia Wesleyan 2-7: Shortstop
Toby Legacy went 3-for-4 with three runs to pace Concord in the opener
before catcher Ben Gerkin sparked a sixth inning rally to earn Wesleyan
Bridgeports Belcastro, Erica Rome earn weekly awards
From Staff Reports
Whether its basketball or baseball, Bridgeports
Justin Belcastro is at the top of the list. Following a stellar basketball
season in which he was named the captain of the Class AA all-state second
team, Belcastro is at it again. The senior catcher, after playing left
field last season, went 9-for-16 with nine runs scored, nine RBIs, three
doubles and two stolen bases to lead the Indians to a 4-2 record.
For his efforts, Belcastro was named the Clarksburg
Exponent & Telegram/One Valley Bank male athlete of the week.
Moving Justin to catcher has been the biggest key to our season so
far, Bridgeport coach Robert Shields said.
He hasnt allowed a stolen base and with the senior presence behind
the plate, hes helped our pitchers out a lot. I know Ive been sleeping
a lot better, Shields commented.
Still, its been offensively where Belcastro has
made his most noise. Justins simply getting the job done, Shields said.
Hes done a good job of making contact and driving home people when theyre
in scoring position. Another Bridgeport student earned female athlete
of the week honors.
During a week in which the Indians finished 3-0,
Erica Rome took center stage. The sophomore shortstop batted a whopping
.667 by going 8-for-12 with three RBIs to pace Bridgeports devastating
Thats a big position for a sophomore to handle,
but Erica has proved herself over and over, Bridgeport coach Lois Pratt
said. Ericas a very strong, very smart player, and when she has
a bat in her hands, you can count on her making something happen, Pratt
Other male athletes nominated:
-South Harrisons Craig Nutter went 6-for-15 with seven runs scored,
two RBIs and a stolen base.
-Robert C. Byrds trio of Scott Ross, James Funk and Joe Moore were
outstanding. Ross was 7-for-17 with seven runs and an RBI, Funk finished
10-for-18 with four runs, five RBIs, two doubles and a triple and Moore
was 6-for-18 with six runs and three RBIs as the Eagles started the season
-Notre Dames trio of Jeremy Wright, Aaron Barberio and Morgan OBrien
put up equally gaudy statistics. Wright was 7-for-15 with five runs, eight
RBIs, a double and two home runs, Barberio was 6-for-13 with four runs,
four RBIs and two doubles and OBrien finished 8-for-17 with seven runs,
five RBIs a double, two triples and four stolen bases as the Irish finished
the week 2-2.
-Bridgeports Joe Honce was 5-for-10 with five runs, seven RBIs, a
double and two home runs, while teammate Adam Belcastro finished 6-for-9
with seven runs and three RBIs.
Other female athletes nominated:
-South Harrisons Alanna Cohen pitched the Hawks to two wins, while
teammate Desiree Evans finished 5-for-8 with two RBIs.
-Bridgeports Beth Guzzi picked up two mound wins, while Andrea Rome
finished 7-for-11 with an RBI.
- Robert C. Byrds Katie Critchfield was 6-for-8 with a triple in the
Eagles 3-0 week, while teammate Lynsey Martin was 2-for-3 with a double,
home run and three RBIs in a win.
- Lincolns Jamie Wentz was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double in a victory
Liberty rallies by Indians
by Eric Stoneking
Last season, Liberty twice used seventh inning rallies
to earn came-from-behind victories over Bridgeport.
A year later, nothings changed.
Matt Coberlys two-run homer in the seventh inning
gave Liberty a dramatic 10-9 victory in a key Big 10 game on Tuesday.
It felt good as soon as it left the bat, said Coberly. When I realized
it was out, it was the best feeling I ever had. The last at bat, I hit
a hard shot to left field, and I knew if I stuck with it something would
fall for me.
Liberty coach Pete Iquinto was equally impressed
with Coberlys performance. It was a heck of shot, said Liberty coach
Pete Iquinto. We press Matt for leadership, and he has been responding
Early on it didnt look like Liberty would need
any late-game heroics as it took a 7-3 lead after two innings. Josh Mathenys
three-run home run was the big hit in a six-run, five-hit second inning.
Two innings and seven unanswered runs later however,
Bridgeport had incredibly retaken a 9-8 lead. We had a lead early and
one or two plays let them back into the game, said Iquinto. We have to
learn to make routine plays, but our kids did not quit and that makes a
Bridgeport held onto its lead until the seventh,
an inning Bridgeport coach Robert Shields insisted shouldnt have changed
the games outcome. We shouldnt have been in that situation, said Shields.
We left a lot of men on base, but its early in the year and we just have
to keep plugging away. Justin Belcastro led Bridgeport (4-3) with two
Ryan Wagner had two hits for Liberty (7-4) and Josh
Matheny added a home run. Matheny also earned the win for Liberty, pitching
the final two innings to improve to 3-1. T.J. Linkous took the loss for
Lindsey proves his own toughest critic
by Dan Shrensky
MORGANTOWN Donnie Lindseys assessment of his snaps
should be music to the ears of his future patients.
Listening to Lindsey, a Bridgeport native in his fourth year as West
Virginias long snapper, one gets the sense that his rigid standards and
attention to detail will help him considerably in his quest to become an
emergency medicine physician.
Coach might say, You played good, you snap well,
Lindsey said. I might think I played horrible. If I dont hit the elbow
on extra points or hit the guy right in the stomach on punts then thats
not good enough to me.
I ndeed, Lindsey, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound walk-on,
isnt one to let praise go to his head. Although he has been a model of
consistency, one of his most vivid memories of last years 8-4 season is
a low snap that might have contributed to Jay Taylors first missed extra
point. Along with snapping this spring, Lindsey is getting a long look
at left tackle.
Starter Matt Wilson and backup Lance Nimmo are both
nursing ankle injuries, giving Lindsey a chance to get some quality repetitions
among a horde of similarly inexperienced linemen.
He was chastised several times by WVUs line coaches
Tuesday for letting defensive end Antwan Lake zip past him during a drill,
but Lindsey is the first to admit he still has much to learn.
After all, he originally came in as a center/guard,
moved to right tackle last year, and was transplanted from left guard to
left tackle this spring to provide added depth.
He was in behind Matt and Lance and now he has
to step up, said offensive line coach Dave McMichael. He hasnt
played there so hes making a lot of mental errors at this point. If youre
going to have that problem, nows the time to do it.
With six spring practices left, including the April,
24 Gold-Blue scrimmage, and an entire preseason, Lindsey plans to remedy
the problem through perseverance, a quality hes never lacked.
I have my good days, I have my bad days still,
Lindsey said. Tuesday wasnt a very good day for me. We still got confused
on a couple things. I only have one class (today) so Im going to come
out and watch film with coach McMichael and try to get straightened out.
I hope I have a better day (today).