South wins a couple slugfests over Warren

PARKERSBURG – Host Parkersburg South pounded out 12 total hits and scored six runs in the decisive sixth inning to overcome a 7-4 deficit en route to a 10-7 baseball win over Warren in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Hank Greenburg Field.

The Patriots also prevailed 12-10 in the second game of the twinbill to up their record to 5-10 on the season while the Warriors are now 4-6.

South started out the day strong in the opener, tallying two runs each in the first and third frames while holding Warren without a hit.

The Patriots got a run on an error and Alex Simon’s RBI single in the first, then Damon Gandee delivered a two-run single in the third for a 4-0 lead.

But the visiting Warriors batted around in the top of the fourth, producing five runs to surge into a 5-4 advantage on the scoreboard. Back-to-back bases-loaded walks by Trace Schafer and Joel Estes halved the South lead to 4-2. Lance Schafer followed by singling in two more runs to knot the count at 4-4 and a passed ball let the go-ahead run come home.

Warren added two more to its tally in the fifth to hike its lead to 7-4 on David Ryan’s RBI double and Justin Hill’s run-scoring single before South loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t score.

However in the last of the sixth, the Patriots paraded 10 hitters to the plate and proceeded to pile up six runs to tie, then surpass the Warriors to grab a three-run cushion. An error plated run No. 1 in the inning for South, with Simon and Tyler Parsons following with consecutive two-run doubles and finally winning pitcher Josh Wells singling in run No. 6 in the frame for the Patriots,

Wells worked the last 3 1/3 innings in relief, earning with win as a result of South’s six-run uprising in the sixth.

“We hit the ball well all day, and looked pretty good the first three innings (of the opener) and then when we made our comeback in the sixth,” said South head coach Matt Null.

“But our biggest thing right now is that we’ve got to work hard to be sound defensively. It’s the old adage: Pitching and defense win. And that’s the case, if we do that, we can be in every game we play. We just need all aspects of the game to come together at the same time. But the kids are working hard at it.”

Null noted that his 2014 squad is “just inexperienced, because we graduated eight starters and six pitchers from last year, so we’ve got basically eight starters and six new pitchers from our JV team.”

“We made a few too many errors (in the opener) and they got the hits there at the end – and we didn’t,” said Warren head coach Kevin Welsh. “I think, though, we’re getting where we need to be – we’re just not there yet. We’ve hit the ball really well, plus today, our starting shortstop Ethan Estes is out sick. He’s probably our best player and best leadoff hitter, so that makes a difference when you’re without a kid like that who is on base most of the time.”

And Warren is still playing all its games right now on the road as its field is being renovated. Next up for the Warriors is versus Logan at Federal Hocking at 5 p.m. Monday, the same time and day that South hosts Fort Frye at Hank Greenburg.