PC’s Romine Magic

DAVISVILLE – The Romine Field magic struck again for Parkersburg Catholic Thursday afternoon.

Down 4-0 after two innings, the host Crusaders erupted for 10 runs in the third frame en route to a 13-5 LKC North victory over Williamstown at Romine that opened last year and proved to be a good-luck charm for the PCHS baseball team with key wins coming here.

And already this season in the opening game, played at Romine, the Crusaders rallied from a 5-0 deficit with s six-run fifth to best South Harrison. So Thursday’s stirring comeback win was another in a string of such occurrences at Romine.

The Yellowjackets had forged their 4-0 lead with two runs in the first on a throwing error and a delayed double steal of home, and Jake Tracewell’s two-run single in the second .

But in the third after a leadoff single by Nick Roedersheimer, Mitch Davis hammered a two-run homer over the left-field fence to start the Catholic scoring. A pair of infield singles followed before a fielding error plated a run to reduce the deficit to 4-3 – but not for long as a run-scoring groundout and Cary Casto’s RBI single pushed PC on top, 5-4.

Davis – batting for the second time in the inning – walked with the bases loaded, Jake Boice delivered a two-run single and a dropped fly ball in left field plated the final two runs in the decisive rally.

The Crusaders, now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the LKC North, added two runs in the fifth on Davis’ RBI single and a wild pitch to increase their advantage to 12-4.

Avery Goff got a run back for Williamstown in the top of the sixth by belting a solo homer to right-center field.

But Davis doubled in his fifth RBI of the game in the bottom of the sixth as the ‘Jackets, now 5-2, failed to get him out in five trips to the plate Thursday.

Meanwhile on the mound, Davis (1-0) went the distance for Catholic, while Williamstown used two relief pitchers after starter Eli Gray to try and stem the PC tide.

”I was feeling it at the plate today,” said Davis. On the homer, ”I got my pitch and I just sent it,” he said. ”I hate pitching in this (cold) weather, but was able to battle through it and got the job done. I just tried to throw strikes and let the defense do the work behind me.”

Williamstown head coach Terry Smith said the Crusaders ”did what you’re supposed to do – put the ball in play – but we couldn’t seem to catch it. If they hit the ball on the ground or especially if they hit it in the air, it’s got to be an out most times. And you can’t give up that many runs, because with Davis pitching against you, you’re not going to score that many runs.”

”We got down early, but our kids don’t give up – they’re fighters and believe in themselves – and started swinging the bats a little bit better and we had our big inning there,” said Catholic head coach Tom Harvey.

”Roedersheimer gets on to lead off the third and Davis goes yard, and it’s on then. Everybody starts feeling it and they get going, swing the bats, put it in play and the rest is history.”