Belpre sneaks by Wildcats
BELPRE — Nick Godfrey got a good workout on the bump.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound southpaw threw 125 pitches in six innings of work as Belpre edged Waterford, 6-5, Tuesday night in Tri-Valley Conference-Hocking Division baseball action at Civitan Park.
“Nick’s a junior, and he pitched good and up to the max,” said BHS skipper Terry Mullen, whose Golden Eagles improved their record to 4-9 overall. “And Gavyn (Freeland) is a senior, and after he gave a leadoff double (in the top of the seventh)…well, that’s just good pitching.”
Godfrey pitched with Wildcat runners on base in every inning he toed the rubber. He finished with five strikeouts and two walks, and gave up 11 hits and five runs.
Godfrey also helped his own cause with a two-run single in the fifth.
Freeland, a righty, threw one inning of scoreless relief and got the save.
“Waterford scores a lot of runs,” Mullen said. “And giving up five runs to them in a conference game, that’s just a big win for the Belpre kids. I’m just so happy for them. These kids just deserve a win.”
Offensively, Logan Adams, Evan Wells, and Jesse Collins, numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the Belpre batting order, each scored two runs on just one hit (by Collins). Foster Brand and Collins also drove in two runs apiece.
Adams walked and was safe on two Waterford errors. He also stole three bases.
“I’m telling you that when Adams gets on first, he’s the catalyst,” said Waterford boss Doug Huffman, whose Cats (4-5) defeated Belpre, 9-8, in the Washington County Tournament in late March. “I mean, you really have to execute in the field once he gets on base.”
Russ Young was 4 for 4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Joseph Zimmer added two RBIs, and Jude Huffman, Braden Miller, and Luke Teters each had one ribbie.
WHS freshman right-hander Kolton Zimmer suffered the mound setback, pitching four innings. Cole Miller also threw for the Wildcats.
Belpre staked itself to a 1-0 first-inning advantage when Adams, who was safe on an error, later scored on Collins’ groundout to short.
Waterford tied the score at 1-all in the second when Zimmer singled home Young.
The Golden Eagles regained the advantage, 4-1, with three runs in the bottom of the third. After Adams and Wells both walked to open up the frame, Collins doubled home Adams to make it 2-1. Wells and Collins then scored on Brand’s single to center.
The Wildcats cut it to 4-2 in the fourth on Teters’ two-out single to left, which plated Young.
The following inning, WHS took its first lead of the contest, 5-4, when it scored three runs. Zimmer, Jude Huffman, and Miller each had an RBI during the surge.
But in the bottom half of the frame, Godfrey drove in Wells and Collins with a long single to center, and the Eagles got the lead back, 6-5.
Freeland threw the seventh inning and gave up a leadoff double to Young. Bearing down, though, he retired the next three Wildcat batters in order on a strikeout and two groundouts to Adams at short.
“As Logan goes, we go,” Mullen said. “That’s what I keep telling him.”