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Wood County snaps skid

Legion team tops Harrison County, 7-3

Harrison County third baseman Gene Hutchinson waits for the ball as Wood County Legion’s Trip Barkley is safe on a stolen-base attempt in the second inning of Tuesday evening’s game at City Park. Photos by Jay W. Bennett

PARKERSBURG — Eli Reeves got the job done on the bump, Jordan Batten’s bases-clearing two-bagger highlighted a six-run fourth and Wood County Legion snapped a four-game skid here Tuesday evening at City Park by handing Harrison County a 7-3 setback.

The win for manager Mike Goodwin’s squad evened their record at 13-13 on the campaign with only a 6 p.m. tilt left today versus Fairmont back at Bennett Stump Field.

“They’ve been gon

e for COVID,” Goodwin said of the Hellcats, who were playing for the first time in more than two weeks. “We were skidding there a little bit, but the kids put it together and Eli had a strong start. He had 10 Ks and didn’t have a bad inning at all and finally our offense put it together there in the fourth inning.

“They made a couple of mistakes and we kind of piled on. Jordan’s three-run double, we needed that lift from Jordan to get a little more of a cushion. We played them (a 16-4 win) at RCB. They’ve improved a lot. We stomped them pretty good the first time. Credit T.J. (Jarrett). They’ve done a nice job with that team and they played better tonight.”

Hellcat starting pitcher Dillon Hutson didn’t factor into the decision, but was staked to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Baron Swiger walked and scored on Tanner Cook’s RBI double.

Wood County Legion’s Eli Reeves delivers against Harrison County during Tuesday evening’s game at City Park. Reeves went six innings, allowed four hits and two earned runs while striking out 10 as the locals won 7-3. Photos by Jay W. Bennett

Reeves, who allowed four hits and three walks with two earned runs in his six innings, fanned the side in the first, but also plunked first baseman Luke Sperry.

WCL loaded the bases in the first thanks to a trio of free passes issued to Nathan Currey, Reeves and Brodie Wiggins, but couldn’t score.

Trip Barkley singled and later stole third base in the second before being left stranded as Drew Woofter’s attempted two-out RBI hit was snagged at waist level by a hustling Cook in center.

Following consecutive errors to open the third, which allowed Nic Menarchek and Currey to reach, Hutson was lifted in favor of eventual losing pitcher Logan Ross. Reeves managed to tie the game on a sacrifice fly.

In the top of the fourth, Sperry drew a leadoff walk, but was erased on a 6-3 double play when teammate Dylan Richards hit the first pitch from Reeves to Menarchek. However, a three-base error proved costly off the bat of Tre Eddy. Courtesy runner Aiden Eddy crossed the plate for a 2-1 advantage via a wild pitch.

Goodwin’s gang sent nine batters to the dish in the pivotal fourth. Colin Bryant started it with a single and Brett Haskins reached following a sacrifice and an error. After Barkley reached on another error, Bryant eventually scored on a wild pitch and Haskins on a passed ball to take the lead for good.

Following a bloop single and a stolen base by Woofter, Menarcheck was intentionally walked to load the bases and Currey took one for the team for an easy RBI, which was followed by Batton’s shot to center.

Justin Herrod tried to get things going for the visitors with a leadoff free pass in the fifth, but Gene Hutchinson hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

Cook’s two-out single in the sixth led to a run when he crossed after a stolen base and a wild pitch thanks to Sperry’s RBI knock back up the box.

Barkley added a two-out stand-up double to right-center in the fifth, but was left stranded.

In the last of the sixth, Menarchek started by reaching on an error, but was erased on a 9-3 double play when Currey had an inside-out flair to right, which Hutson managed to snare and fire to Sperry at first.

There was no rally in the seventh for Harrison County, which saw Tre Eddy get erased following a leadoff single when catcher Izek Baldwin threw him out trying to steal second. Currey finished off the seventh inning on the mound with back-to-back strikeouts.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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