Catholic cruises to 15-1 victory over Doddridge

WILLIAMSTOWN – Parkersburg Catholic scored the first 15 runs, including a dozen in the decisive second inning, to register a 15-1 five-inning victory over Doddridge County in the opening game of the Class A Region IV, Section 1 baseball tournament Thursday afternoon at Legion Field.

No. 2 seed Catholic, now 17-11, will meet host Williamstown at 11 a.m. Saturday. But before that, Doddridge (6-20) will play the top-seeded Yellowjackets at 5 p.m. today in the three-team, double-elimination sectional.

The Bulldogs had two runners on with no outs in the top of the first and again with one out in the second, but failed to score either time.

The Crusaders however, although getting nine hits in their initial two at-bats and tallying 15 times, drew 10 walks as well from a trio of Doddridge pitchers, including four with the bases loaded to force in runs, to greatly aid PC in its run-production.

”We didn’t throw strikes,” said Doddridge head coach Dave Mires. ”And we really didn’t hit the ball; we didn’t put anything together. Early on, we had guys on (base). But we lost momentum there in the first inning when we didn’t score, and then we didn’t throw strikes.”

Catholic batted around in the first frame and came within one hitter of batting around twice in the second.

It was 1-0 PC after just two hitters in the bottom of the first as Austin Luther doubled in leadoff batter Mitch Davis, who walked for the first of three times in the game and advanced to second when a pickoff try at first went awry.

Later in the inning, Nick Roedersheimer, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs Thursday, singled in a run and Evan Dexter walked with the bases loaded.

In the big Crusader second stanza, Jake Ullman doubled in two tallies, Roedersheimer drove in three on a groundout and two-run single, and winning pitcher Andrew Cinalli, Jake Boice and Mike Hinton each singled in a run.

Plus, Luther, Boice and Cary Casto all walked with the bases loaded, and another run came home on a error by the Bulldogs, who had won five of their last six games.

”To put up 15 runs – and 12 in one inning – gives you a little bit of a comfort zone that early in the game,” said Catholic head coach Tom Harvey. ”We were able to get some guys on base through walks, then sprinkled some hits in there, got the runs going and just took control I guess.”