Moorefield pulled off what no other Class A team has been able to do in the past five seasons, defeat Class AAA Jefferson and did so with a nine strikeout performance of Blake Watts for a 9-1 victory during a doubleheader split losing the opener 5-nil on Saturday at George Hott Field.
The Yellow Jackets won against the Cougars for the first time since 2000 with the previous time coming in 1974 under coach George Hott.
“It’s a good win, especially because of the quality of opponent. We’ve got a lot of respect for Coach [John] Lowery and that program. They’ve got a lot of success and obviously have accomplished a lot of things,” Moorefield Coach Wade Armentrout remarked.
“Now here is a chance for our seniors to really step up and have a big contribution to our program. I thought we recovered well in between games an refocused. It helps out when your pitchers are throwing strikes. Watts and Van Meter did a great job in the second game. We are going to keep improving. All the pieces will continue to fall into place as everybody plays their role and have confidence inter teammates. That team is going to compete for championships at the end of the year and we had a chance to plat them.”
In 1973, Jefferson suffered its first loss as a program to the Yellow Jackets and has grown to become the winningest team in West Virginia culminating in a dozen state championships and 1,267 victories under legendary coach John Lowery.
Including his time at Harpers Ferry, Coach Lowery is third all-time in the nation for coaching victories with a career record of 1,286-330-3.
Moorefield coach Wade Armentrout has won a couple of state titles since 2000, but winning for just the second time in his tenure against Coach Lowery and the Cougars was rewarding for his team.