Patriots pluck Eagles

Winning for the second time in two days on its home field, Washington took full advantage of Hedgesville’s passed balls, wild pitches, and fielding mistakes to tame the Eagles, 7-2, last Tuesday.

With the win, the Patriots improved to 4-3 overall, while Hedgesville went to 6-3 overall with the loss.

It was a three-run first inning that got the Patriots off on the right foot. After starting and winning pitcher Jared Silva had retired the Eagles without a run, Washington plated three runs when Silva, Hunter Weaver, and Austin Larcomb all scored. The Eagles had two passed balls and a fielding error in the Washington inning.

After Hedgesville plated a pair of unearned runs itself, Washington came back with a four-run fifth to move ahead, 7-2.

Colin Gustines came home on a wild pitch from Eric Grove. Weaver scored again, this time on Ryan Pansch’s double. Leading, 5-2, the Patriots scored two more times before the rally was quelled when Larcomb came across on another Hedgesville error and Kendell Smith was counted on another wild pitch.

Washington’s lead was 7-2 after just four innings.

Silva improved his pitching record to 2-1. He yielded three hits, fanned three, and walked six in his four innings of work. Tyler Mattei got credit for a save with three shutout innings of relief. Hedgesville managed three hits off Mattei.

Scoring all of its seven runs in two useful innings enabled the Patriots to make the most of the five hits they had.

Washington was handcuffed by Berkeley Springs’ right-hander Tyler Holt in a 7-1 loss to the Indians. Holt fanned 10 and yielded only three hits while going the seven-inning distance. The one run scored off Holt was unearned.

The game was scoreless for two innings before Washington outfielder Bryan Bayliss scored on a passed ball to give the Patriots a shortlived lead.

An Indian run scored by Brady Spielman and one driven in by Scott Hessler quickly gave Berkeley Springs a 2-1 lead.

It was still 2-1 after five innings. Zane Mokhiber had an RBI hit as did Hessler as the Indian lead was expanded to 4-1. Hessler scored on an error and then Jared Spielman completed the scoring with a two-RBI double.

The loss left the Patriots with a 6-4 record and the Indians were 2-6 overall.

On Saturday, Washington lost two games in the Broad Run (Va.) High Wood Bat Classic. In its first game, the Patriots were outscored, 9-7, by Kettle Run (Va.). Hunter Weaver, Ryan Pansch, Jared Sliva, and Austin Larcomb all were credited with two hits in the loss.

Woodgrove (Va.) defeated the Patriots, 7-5, in a second game played in the event. Drew Hetzel went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs in the loss that left Washington with a 6-6 overall record.

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