Patriots, Cougars make fast getaways to baseball seasons
Both Washington and Jefferson made unbeaten starts to their respective baseball seasons. The Patriots and Cougars had few holes to fill coming to the 2015 season, and their rosters full of experienced regulars and pitchers have helped each get wins in every outing.
Washington opened with a shutout win behind the pitching of Zac Burch. St. Maria Goretti was a 6-0 victim as Burch gave the Patriots the pitching needed to blank the Gaels.
The Patriots then defeated Martinsburg, 12-2, and Spring Mills, 20-2, to make the record 3-0 to begin the season.
Beginning this past Monday, the Patriots had a schedule lined up with four straight games before moving south to Myrtle Beach for a week’s worth of games that will start on Tuesday, April 7.
After seeing Frankfort this past Monday, the Patriots had another home game on Tuesday against unbeaten Millbrook (3-0) before traveling to Springs Mills (2-1) on Wednesday and to Hedgesville (2-2) on Thursday for single games.
Jefferson jumped out to a 4-0 start to its season when it defeated St. James, 15-0, tamed Hedgesville 10-1, stopped Woodgrove, 8-1, and repelled a late-game rally by Musselman to win, 7-5.
Austin Bulman was the winning pitcher against both St. James and Musselman, picking up the victory against the Applemen in relief. Andy Disque quieted the Hedgesville bats with a 12-strikeout performance in his five innings of work. Charlie Barnholt limited Woodgrove to only two hits while fanning eight in six innings. Barnholt allowed only two hits.
The Cougars had 12 hits in beating St. James with Barnholt driving in four runs. Brody Price had three hits with Wil Oliver and Barnholt each contributing two hits in the mercy-rule win.
Paul Witt scored three times against Hedgesville, where Andrew King and Price both scored two times. Bailey Dodson and Oliver had two hits against the Eagles.
Bulman had four RBIs and two hits, King scored three runs, Witt scored twice and Price had two hits in the seven-run win over visiting Woodgrove.
The Cougars once held a seemingly comfortable lead over Musselman before the Applemen rallied for four runs in the last two innings. Bulman’s 4.1 innings of relief earned him his second victory of the year. Bulman fanned nine men in his stint. He wasn’t pitching when Musselman scored two times in the seventh to trim what was once a 7-3 lead the Cougars held.
Witt contributed three hits and scored three runs. Price was 1-for-1 and scored twice from his leadoff spot in the Cougar order. King, Bulman and Oliver drove in runs.
Jefferson faced Martinsburg (1-3 record), Wheeling Park and Hurricane in games before departing for Myrtle Beach where it will begin play in a tournament on Tuesday.