The Yellow Jackets completed the sweep of East Hardy in the Hardy Boys Hardball Classic to claim county bragging rights and gave a 10-2 victory birthday present to assistant coach Scott Stutler at George Hott Field on Friday.
“I’m glad we didn’t ruin his birthday, but made it better with a win,” Moorefield skipper Wade Armentrout noted.
“This win was a nice birthday gift,” Moorefield assistant coach Scott Stutler remarked.
Moorefield freshman pitcher Isaac Van Meter hurled seven strikeouts in six innings of work and the defense came up with critical plays to limit runs scored including a double play turned by freshman third baseman Hayden Baldwin.
“Our guys have been excited all week long and had a couple good practices. It is really good to see we are getting hits up and down our lineup when we need those,” Coach Armentrout commented.
“We had another great pitching performance from Isaac [Van Meter] and [Derek] Hoyt came in with a lot of confidence. I thought our defense played really well, [Brent] Moran made some good plays at shortstop and Hayden’s [Baldwin] play at third base, the double play was a critical play that really cancelled a lot of base running. That inning had a potential of doing some damage, but he did a great job and Isaac did really well getting us ground balls. They put the ball in play and we made outs. Lane Ours had a great performance at the plate all night long and caught well behind the plate. This was a big win for our sectional seeding. We’ve beaten the teams we need to for a good seeding.”
East Hardy leadoff batter Logan Whetzel struck out to start the game, then Moorefield shortstop Brent Moran tracked down a pop fly from Alex Miller in shallow left field.
The Cougars didn’t go down quietly as senior Clay Skovron singled into right field and stole second base before fellow senior Brett Tharp was issued a full-count walk.
Yellow Jackets catcher Lane Ours caught Skovron stealing at third base as Baldwin made the tag.
East Hardy pitcher Clay Skovron snatched the ball for a groundout from Moorefield leadoff batter Brent Moran before tossing a strikeout to Garett Haggerty.
Moorefield’s Blake Watts reached first base on an error by Cougars third baseman Noah Miller, then Jake Ours was hit by a pitch and Baldwin was given a free pass to load the bases.
Skovron got out of the jam pitching a strikeout to Van Meter ending the frame.
Back on the mound in the second inning, Van Meter fanned the next three East Hardy batters: Adam Baker, Noah Miller and Austin Alt.
Lane Ours singled into right field to start the attack for Moorefield and base runner Caden Kimble stole second base before Grant Keller singled into left field to put runners on the corners.
Moorefield’s Thomas Williams made an RBI fielder’s choice out at second base for a 1-0 edge.
Moran singled into center field and the runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Haggerty.
Watts smacked a two-run producing single blooper into right field and a tag attempt was missed as the ball dropped during advancement to second base, 3-0.
Skovron issued a full-count walk to Jake Ours, who advanced on a passed ball.
Baldwin ripped a two-RBI single into center field to give the Yellow Jackets a 5-0 advantage entering the third inning.