Williamstown eliminates Doddridge County from sectional play with 12-0 win
WILLIAMSTOWN- The Yellowjacket baseball team utilized timely hitting, a trio of sharp pitching performances and some charitable Doddridge County defending to record a 12-0 five-inning victory at American Legion field Friday, eliminating the Bulldogs from sectional play.
Mason Adkins, who started the game in right field and ended it on the mound, was the catalyst for Williamstown. Adkins was 2 for 3 with a double, triple and three runs scored at the plate, and pitched around three singles to record a scoreless fifth inning in his other role.
“Adkins is just a really good hitter, a good pitcher; a really good ball player,” said veteran ‘Jackets coach Terry Smith.
“What I liked was the way he used the whole field. He pulled the ball to right for his triple, then went down the left field line for the double.”
Defensive woes for the Bulldogs also contributed to Williamstown’s dominance. The West Union team committed seven errors in the field leading to seven unearned runs, and helped their opponents’ progress on the basepaths with seven wild pitches.
The ‘Jackets scored the game’s first run without getting the ball out of the infield in the first inning. After Josh Stephens drew a leadoff walk from Bulldog hurler Brady Devericks, Adkins grounded a ball toward Doddridge second baseman Nick Cavins. Courtesy runner Nate Suprano collided with the fielder and was called out for interference. Adkins advanced to second on a wild pitch, and gained third when Reece Westfall legged out an infield single. Westfall subsequently took off for second and the Bulldog catcher attempted to catch Adkins off the bag at third, but his throw went into left field, allowing the ‘Jacket right fielder to score.
Williamstown starter Cullen Cutright was on top of affairs on the mound, facing the minimum number of hitters through the first three innings. He allowed one hit – a single to left by Bulldog right fielder Joe Heckert to open the third -but third baseman Braden Mullenix immediately made a nice play to charge and catch a popped up bunt, and fire to first to double off Heckert, who was running on the play.
Adkins led off Williamstown’s half of the third with a booming triple to the gap in right center. Landon Travis then hit a ball into the gap in left center which the fielder could not handle, driving Adkins in.
After a groundout and a strikeout, Bryce Haer delivered a two-out double over the center fielder’s head to score Travis. Devericks looked to have gotten out of the inning by coaxing a grounder from Cutright, but was victimized by another error. Cutright stole second, and both he and Haer scored on Evan Amos’ line drive single up the middle.
Only one of the five runs scored on the unlucky Devericks was earned.
Jarrett Masters was brought in by Smith to pitch the fourth, in order that Cutright would not have to take a two day break. He allowed the first two batters he faced to reach on an error and hit batsman, but pitched out of the jam well, getting two fly ball outs and a strikeout to end a scoreless frame.
A disastrous fourth inning for Doddridge in the field effectively ended the contest. Three errors, four walks and four wild pitches led to seven Williamstown runs, as three Bulldog pitchers could not stop the damage. Adkins’ double to left, an RBI groundout from Haer and an RBI single by Cutright and RBI double from Masters accomplished most of the demolition job.
Andrew Friend opened the fifth with a single off of new hurler Adkins to start the fifth, but was erased on a well-turned 6-4-3 double play by Travis and Westfall. Mike Childers and Austin Ash then hit opposite field singles before Adkins got Drew Lett to ground to Travis at short and end the mercy-rule shortened contest.
The Bulldogs end the season with an 8-14 record. Williamstown, now 18-5, goes on to face ancient rival Parkersburg Catholic in a best-of-three game series to determine the sectional championship, commencing today at noon, weather permitting. sports