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Chargers exit quickly; Dresden scores plenty

Chargers exit quickly; Dresden scores plenty

Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 12:00 pm

Westview’s baseball season came to a sudden end in the play-in game of the opening of the District 13-AA Tournament Tuesday night.
Dresden, meanwhile, advanced to the winners’ bracket and Gleason dropped its opening round game in the District 13A Tournament.
The Chargers saw their postseason run stopped after just one game with a 3-2 loss to Gibson County.
Dresden defeated West Carroll by a score more suited for the football gridiron than the baseball diamond, 20-13, and the Bulldogs fell 7-5 to Clarksburg.
GC 3, Westview 2
Gibson County put an end to the Chargers’ season by scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning and holding the host team scoreless in the bottom half of the inning.
The win by the Pioneers negated a fine pitching performance by the Chargers’ Nick Shell. He pitched the full eight innings and held the Pioneers to only two hits through the first six innings and limited them to only four hits in the game.
Shell struck out eight and did not allow a walk.
Ty Brown scored both of Westview’s runs. He crossed the plate in the bottom of the fifth and scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh.
Gibson County’s leadoff hitter reached on an error in the top of the eighth and went to second when a pick-off throw got away from the first baseman. He then scored on a base hit.
Westview finishes the season with a 14-15 record.
Dresden 20, WC 13
The Lions saw a six-run lead slip away in the top of the sixth as the Eagles scored six runs to tie the game on three Dresden errors, two walks and two-run blast over the right field fence.
But the Eagles gave the game right back to the Lions in the bottom of the sixth thanks to some miscues of their own.
Four errors and three walks by WC led to seven runs for Dresden and a trip to the winners’ bracket as the District 13A shifts to Huntingdon, where the Lions will play the winner of the Bruceton/McKenzie game.
Eric VanDyke got the win while pitching in relief. He gave up the home run in the sixth but settled in and allowed only one other run after that. He allowed two batters to reach base in the seventh but kept them from scoring.
VanDyke also reached base all five times he batted and scored each time. Gatlin Hatchel scored four runs and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Logan Thomas and Josh Bone each crossed the plate three times.
Dresden scored five runs in the first inning, one in the third, three in the fourth, four in the fifth and seven in the sixth. West Carroll scored three in the first, four in the fifth and six runs in the sixth.
Clarksburg 7, Gleason 5
Gleason’s Thomas Fowler was victimized by the long ball in the Bulldogs’ loss to the Red Devils on Wednesday as he gave up a pair of home runs.
Fowler gave up the seven runs on six hits and five walks.
Clarksburg scored two in the top of the first, four in the second and one in the sixth. The Bulldogs scored one in the first and second innings. They score three more in the bottom of the sixth.
Chase Ezell went 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs and knocked in two runs. Blake Taylor went 2-for-4 with one RBI.
Gabe Lowrance was back in the lineup after a suffering an elbow injury two weeks ago and went 2-for-4. He also scored twice for Gleason.
The Bulldogs will play the loser between Big Sandy and Huntingdon tonight at 7 in an elimination game. Published in The WCP 5.3.12

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