South sweeps Brooke, improves to 6-0
PARKERSBURG – Tre Jackson’s second career bomb turned out to be a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the fifth inning here Saturday afternoon as Parkersburg South drilled visiting Brooke, 12-2, in game one of a twinbill at Hank Greenburg Field.
Clayton Cottrille needed less than 75 pitches to hurl his five-inning complete-game. He scattered seven hits, walked none and fanned a half dozen while allowing one earned run.
Patriot No. 9 hitter Tyler Berry scored three times and singled in each of his three at-bats. Dylan Weaver knocked in two runs, Jordan Braniff went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Jackson only had the one big hit, but scored twice and swiped a pair of bags.
The Bruins actually pushed the first run across in the top of the second as Kellen Welch singled and scored on Shawn Ashbrook’s base knock up the middle. Brooke leadoff hitter Russell Schwertfeger singled to start the third and gave the visitors a 2-0 cushion when he crossed the plate thanks to pair of Patriot errors.
However, the Patriot bats finally woke up in the third inning as skipper Matt Null’s squad sent nine batters to the plate and put a five spot on the newly dedicated scoreboard. Parkersburg South, which plays a 5 p.m. road game Wednesday at Athens, also sent nine batters to the dish in the fourth, scoring thrice, before adding four more in the fifth to force the 10-run mercy rule.
Berry, who got behind losing pitcher Heath Hildreth 0-2 to start the third, battled back and on the sixth pitch of his at-bat got the rally started with a single to left. Braxton Johnson reached on a one-out walk and the game was even at two apiece after Braniff had an RBI single and Johnson scored the first of his three runs on a wild pitch.
Weaver’s RBI groundout plated Braniff and the Patriots led for good. Jacob Wilcox and Brad Brubaker also added RBI singles in the frame.
Berry’s single to right got the three-run fourth started, but the only RBI came when Weaver was hit by a pitch in the noggin with the bases loaded.
In the fifth, Berry reached on a single to right, which was followed by a Clay Walters single. A Bruin error, one of five in the game, allowed Berry to score and Jackson ended it when he took lefty relief pitcher Eric Johnson’s offering and mashed it well past the fence in left.
PSHS improved to 6-0 with a five-inning 11-1 victory in game two. Jacob Braniff hurled 3 2-3 innings for the win. Jackson went 3 for 3, stole two more bases, and drove in four. Walters singled twice in three at-bats, had a steal and knocked in three while Brubaker also collected two RBIs.
Welch led Brooke (0-4) with a 2 for 3 effort and a run-batted-in.