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AAA tennis regional finals

From Staff Reports

(May 14) Action resumed Wednesday in the Class AAA Region II tennis tournament at Robert C. Byrd High School.

Doubles action dominated play, as Bridgeport's team of Andrew Waske and Steven Turner advanced to today's semifinals where they will face Robert C. Byrd's J.A. Curia and Thomas Lee.

Waske and Turner were 9-7 winners over Wheeling Park's Matt Staab and Matt Cunningham, while Curia and Lee defeated Sean McClusky and Jared Young of Parkersburg South.

In the No. 3 seedings, Michael Malfregeot and Michael Walker of Robert C. Byrd also advanced to the semifinals.

In today's boys semifinal singles play, Waske will take on Buckhannon-Upshur's Jon Novota, while Thomas Lee of Robert C. Byrd hooks up with Matt Cunningham of Wheeling Park.

Bridgeport's Kenan Bell is also still battling for regional honors.

Prep baseball

LIBERTY 13, St. Marys 5: Todd Nutter and Mark Salfia came through at the plate and Josh Matheny delivered on the mound as Liberty rolled to its 22nd win of the season.

Nutter went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, while Salfia added a pair of singles in three at-bats to lead Liberty's 12-hit attack.

The support was more than enough for Matheny, who improved to 7-0 by working six innings. He gave up five hits and four runs, while striking out seven and walking none.

The Mountaineers will look to continue their stellar play when they travel to take on Big 10 foe Grafton today. Game time is 5 p.m.

PHILIP BARBOUR 7, Robert C. Byrd 1: Philip Barbour sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, scoring four runs and sending the Eagles to 10-11 on the year.

Jonah Barkley paced the Colts by going 2-for-4.

Robert C. Byrd was led by Craig Kelley with two hits and Jon Calvert, who homered in the fourth.

TYLER CONSOLIDATED 6, Doddridge County 5: A bloop single with two outs in the top of the eighth inning scored the game-winning run for Tyler Consolidated in a victory over Doddridge County.

The Knights' win overshadowed a brilliant pitching performance from Doddridge's (7-13) Jody Griffin. Griffin tossed eight innings of six-hit ball and struck out 17 batters.

"Jody pitched his heart out but we couldn't get the hits we needed to win," Doddridge County coach Dave Mires said.

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