When it comes to delivering in big situations, the clutch hitting of Moorefield senior Jake Ours has paid dividends amplified against Class AA Berkeley Springs with a three-run home run and the game-winning walk-off RBI triple enabling the Yellow Jackets to squash a rally by the Indians for a 6-5 win at George Hott Field which sparked a celebration dog pile on Thursday.
“This is really a feel good team win. I think the guys recognized that and it starts on the pitching mound,” Moorefield skipper Wade Armentrout commented.
“Isaac [Van Meter] did an excellent job facing a good Berkeley Springs lineup. He just maintains his composure and we fielded the ball better tonight than we had earlier in the week. It was a great opportunity for the top of our order to come up there in that last situation. It was really a win we needed so these guys could gain confidence ending the week and going into the playoffs next week.”
In the top of the seventh inning, the Yellow Jackets had a 5-3 lead and Berkeley Springs fought back as Andrew Butts notched a single off Moorefield freshman pitcher Isaac Van Meter into center field.
Moorefield senior left fielder Garett Haggerty caught a fly ball for the first out, then Berkeley Springs batter Justin Stone smacked an RBI double into right field to cut the deficit to one run.
Mike Hovermale grounded out to Yellow Jackets second baseman Thomas Williams as fans were on the edge of their seats.
Orndorf sliced the ball into right field for an RBI single as the Indians tied the game at 5-all, then Moorefield ended the side on a catch by Ours in center field helping Van Meter in a complete game.
Moorefield leadoff batter Brent Moran sent the ball flying in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Berkeley Springs center fielder T. Cain made a diving catch.
Haggerty grounded out to third baseman Hovermale for the second out, then the Yellow Jackets buzz got loud as Blake Watts was hit by a pitch from Orndorf to represent the potential game sealing run.
Ours stepped up to the plate and smashed the ball deep into left field where it took a bounce by the fence creating the game winning RBI triple walk-off victory.
Just as Watts crossed the plate to excited teammates, the Yellow Jackets swarmed towards Ours led by Moran knocking him down with a huge hug starting a celebratory dog pile.
“It’s hard to breathe once you get down to the bottom of that pile, but it was a good experience. It was a good team win for us. It shows our perseverance as a team and we fought back and got the lead when we needed it, coming back for the win,” Moorefield senior Jake Ours noted.