Morgantown shuts down Wood Legion

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Wood County Legion left fielder Kyle Moore snags a fly ball during Sunday afternoon’s game against Morgantown at City Park.

PARKERSBURG — It was an up-and-down weekend of baseball for Wood County Legion.

A scheduled twinbill versus Morgantown on Sunday afternoon at Bennett Stump Field inside City Park was changed to a single game due to a heat advisory.

Unfortunately for the locals of manager Mike Goodwin, the hosts couldn’t find a way to get anything going against Colton Matthews.

The former Morgantown Mohigan and Potomac State College right-hander fired a complete game five-hitter with no walks and a trio of strikeouts using just 72 pitches.

WCL, which will carry a 12-10 mark into a 6 p.m. tilt Tuesday against Marietta at Pioneer Park, was led by Jordan Batten’s 2 for 3 effort as five errors didn’t help the cause.

Colin Bryant worked three innings with five strikeouts in the setback.

Morgantown got the only run it needed in the top of the first when Avante Neal reached via a hit by pitch and scored on a passed ball. Wood County trailed 2-0 after the top of the first when Clay Maholic’s RBI single plated Caleb Taylor.

Devon Neal finished 2 for 2 with a double for Morgantown while Matthews helped his own cause with the bat by going 2 for 3 with a triple and a run-batted-in.

“The kids are battling hard and they are playing their hearts out,” said Goodwin, who also got a single apiece from Blake McMullen, Brodie Wiggins and Brett Haskins.

“With this heat it’s very difficult for anybody to function out here. I know we struggled today really badly against Morgantown offensively, but then Saturday was definitely good for us as far as splitting with Wheeling.”

During Saturday’s opener at the I-470 Fields, Trevor Thomas punched out nine in his six innings of work as Wheeling won 8-0 with Kyle Moore taking the mound setback following three innings of work. Drew Woofter tossed three no-hit frames in the loss.

Thomas delivered at the dish by going 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Dom Gorence, who hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh last week to lift Wheeling to a 2-1 victory versus WCL at St. Marys, finished 2 for 4 with and drove in three runs.

Eli Reeves led WCL in the opener by going 2 for 3.

Nic Menarchek was able to keep Wheeling’s bats in check during the second game as WCL doubled up the Stogies, 6-3. Menarchek also had a triple and a run-batted-in as he went six innings with three walks and as many strikeouts.

Nathan Currey pitched the seventh to earn the save.

Reeves was the top stick in game two, going 3 for 4 with a pair of two-bagger and two RBIs. McMullen also finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs while Wiggins was 1 for 4 and knocked in a run.

“The message is to, you know, let’s finish strong. Let’s continue to compete,” Goodwin said of the remaining schedule.

“Each one of them needs to get as much out of these opportunities as possible because who knows what’s going to happen later on.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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