Eagles, Hoover, Irish win baseball titles

CHARLESTON — Hedgesville won its first-ever baseball state championship when the Eagles dumped Parkersburg South, 6-3, in the Class AAA semifinals and defeated Cabell Midland, 4-2, on Saturday in the championship game at Appalachian Power Park.
Cabell Midland had stopped Beckley Woodrow Wilson, 5-0, in another Class AAA semifinal game.
Herbert Hoover, which had lost in the Class AA title game in 2012, won that class’s state championship when it stopped Fairmont Senior, 7-5, after trailing, 5-1, going to its half of the sixth inning.
Hoover plated six runs in the sixth to reverse its early-game deficit.
The loss was Fairmont Senior’s sixth in the state finals in the last 10 years. All the other losses were when the Polar Bears were in the Class AAA ranks.
Herbert Hover had beaten Independence, 7-3, in the semifinals while the Polar Bears had trimmed Bridgeport, 9-6, in 10 innings in the other semifinal game.
The Class A baseball state title went to Charleston Catholic for the first time.
The Irish defeated Magnolia, 9-8, in the title game after edging Valley of Smithers, 6-5, in the semifinals.
Magnolia beat Clarksburg Notre Dame, 4-3, in the other Class A semifinal game.
There were no repeat state champions from the 2012 season.

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