Patriots edge Martinsburg

Washington left Myrtle Beach S.C., and its division of the Mingo Bay Tournament with an 8-2 loss to area Georgetown High.

Back in West Virginia, the Patriots defeated Martinsburg, 6-5, on April 17. That win was the Patriots’ 11th of the season.

Washington outfielder Colin Gustines gets a belt-high fast ball that he drives against Martinsburg.

Last Thursday, Washington went to Frederick County (Va.) and never really generated much offense against Millbrook. The Pioneers handed the Patriots a second defeat this season when they registered a shutout, 10-0, win.

Facing an important Sectional game in Romney on Saturday, Washington easily moved past the homestanding Trojans, 10-2, as starting pitcher Austin Larcomb got the win.

Larcomb also hit a home run in the important victory that improved Washington’s Sectional record to 3-0.

Colin Gustines contributed three hits in the eight-run win. Hunter Weaver also chipped in with two hits for the Patriots, who also got two hits from Jared Silva and Ryan Mumaw.

Washington now owns two Sectional wins over Hampshire, as well as a 9-0 win over Jefferson and resides atop the three-school standings with a 3-0 record.

Jefferson is 1-1 in Sectional games and Hampshire is 0-3. Should the Patriots defeat Jefferson a second time, they would claim a first-round bye in the double-elimination Sectional tournament.

Even if Jefferson should have beaten Washington last night in Shenandoah Junction, it would have to have won by at least nine runs or lose the Sectional bye on a tiebreaker. The tiebreaker rule uses “run differential” as its decider. Washington had beaten the Cougars by nine runs in the earlier meeting at Washington.

The Patriots have a make-up game today against Berkeley Springs.

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