Patriots return favor

PARKERSBURG – Sam Boso recorded nine strikeouts, got out of a huge jam in the third inning and finished with a three-hitter here Thursday night at Hank Greenburg Field as Parkersburg South evened the regular season series with rival Parkersburg at one apiece following the Patriots’ 6-1 triumph.

PHS losing pitcher Jeff Davis, who allowed just three hits in five frames but walked six and hit a batter to go along with his eight punchouts, trailed 2-0 after the first and Boso didn’t allow the red and white bats to get going.

Only one of the two runs in the first inning was earned against Davis, who trailed 1-0 when Dakota Robinson singled and scored on Tyler Berry’s sacrifice fly. The Patriots, who improved to 7-11 and have a game at 5:30 p.m. today in Athens, made it 2-0 when Kyle Thompson reached on an error and scored on a delayed double steal.

“Boso throughout the year, and he needed this game for himself, hasn’t been able to find the plate consistently,” said South skipper Matt Null. “He came out tonight and threw two out of every three pitches for a strike and if you do that in high school, most of the time you are going to be successful.”

The Patriot right-hander, who walked two and threw 109 pitches, retired the first six batters in order. However, he plunked Aiden Wilkinson to start the third and Levi Casto followed with a sacrifice bunt, and he reached on an error. After walking No. 9 hitter Rex Windland on six pitches, the Big Reds were in business with the bases loaded and the top of the order up.

“That really hurt us when we had the bases loaded with one, two, three up and they all strike out,” said PHS head man Alan Burns. “You know, you’ve got to make contact there and put the ball in play.”

Boso fell behind leadoff man Colby Bennett 3-0, but fired a second pitch strike at the letters and got a called third strike on the corner. Kyle Foster then fanned on four pitches and Davis went down looking on a 3-2 offering when Boso painted the corner again.

Parkersburg South, which had just four hits, blew the game open via a four-run fifth. Robinson and Thompson walked and scored while Alex Simon and Tyler Parsons each had an RBI thanks to a fielder’s choice and a run-scoring single, respectively.

The Big Reds, now 9-7 with a 6 p.m. home affair slated for today versus Spring Valley at Bennett Stump Field, avoided the shutout in the sixth. Cole Parker drew a one-out free pass and after a pair of Patriot errors, Cole Day hit a sacrifice fly.