Washington falls to eventual champion Hurricane
The three West Virginia high school baseball champions are Hurricane, Bridgeport and the Man Hillbillies.
Hurricane topped Washington, 3-1 in one of the Class AAA semifinal games and was joined in the big-school finals by Riverside, a 3-2 winner over Wheeling Park.
The Redskins from Putnam County scored their three runs against Washington on a passed ball, RBI single from Tate Brock and a wild pitch. Hurricane managed three hits off Washington starter and loser, Jared Silva. Silva closed out his senior year with a 7-2 record. He went five innings against the Redskins, allowing three hits, four walks, hitting three batters and committing two costly errors himself.
J.T. Rogoszewski was Hurricane’s winning pitcher. The junior right-hander allowed only four hits, but did walk four against the Patriots. Rogoszewski fanned only three. Washington completed its season with a 23-5 overall record after making the school’s first state tournament appearance in its six-year history.
Hurricane tamed Riverside, 9-2, in the state championship game.
Bridgeport had a 3-1 win over Chapmanville in the Class AA semifinals and then defeated Independence, 5-2 in the state championship game. Independence had stopped Fairmont Sr., 11-6, in a semifinal game.
Man won its first-ever state championship in any boy’s or girl’s sport when it beat Clarksburg Notre Dame, 12-10, in 10 innings in the Class A finale. The Hillbillies stopped St. Marys, 3-1, in the small-school semifinals while Notre Dame blasted Gilmer County, 15-6.