Jefferson looks toward likely matchup with county-rival Washington
CHARLES TOWN – Texas Cobb had a pair of hits and Hunter Weaver drew an RBI-walk to cap a seven-run sixth inning comeback Monday as Washington defeated Musselman, 9-8, in the first round of the sectional tournament.
Musselman was scheduled to play at top-seeded Jefferson after press time Tuesday. The Cougars (25-5) defeated the Applemen twice during the regular season by mercy-rule, including a 10-0 victory May 8 in Shenandoah Junction.
Washington (19-4) awaits the winner of the Musselman-Jefferson game to begin a best of three game series on Wednesday. The Patriots also defeated Musselman twice during the regular season and again on Monday.
The sectional tournament is double elimination with the champion earning a berth in the regional semifinal against the opposite sectional bracket represented by Hedgesville, Martinsburg and Spring Mills.
The winner of the single-elimination regional semifinal advances to face the winner of Hampshire, Buckhannon-Upshur, Elkins and Lewis County. The regional champion advances to the state Class AAA tournament in Charleston.
Regional tournaments around West Virginia are scheduled for May 26-31. All AAA regional semifinal games are set for May 27 while the finals are scheduled for May 29.
On Monday, Washington starter Mark McKee surrendered four earned runs on three hits and two walks through 3.1 innings pitched.
Reliever Trevor Pansch allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks before closer Zac Burch closed the book on Musselman after the Patriots had regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Burch struck out two of the four batters he faced.
Bryan Bayliss, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI, scored the winning run in the sixth after being forced home on a walk issued to Weaver to give Washington a 9-8 advantage.
Weaver, Robert Cross and Dylan Mumaw, who drove in two runs, also had hits for the Patriots. – Jeff Brammer