CHARLESTON – The hurdle that separates Williamstown baseball from the state A semifinals and the championship game will exist for at least another year.
Friday morning at Appalachian Power Park was the fourth time in the school’s history that Williamstown’s baseball program advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament. And for the fourth time, the Yellowjackets’ bid to win the state title was rejected after Charleston Catholic defeated the Yellowjackets 7-4.
“We just came out executed, clearly and simply,” Williamstown coach Levi Maxwell said after his club finished the campaign at 27-7 after taking part in the semi-finals for the second year in a row.
“We didn’t play well at all. The bats were cold and had a great pitcher on the mound. He shut us up. “
The Irish (17-19), winners of 11 of their last 17 games, have launched John DiCoco. After never seeing the freshman in two games in the regular season, Williamstown managed to score only one extra main shot and a total of seven goals.
DiCocco, who threw a full game and also 2-for-4 in the RBI record, withdrew the last five bits he faced, including three on strike.
The right-hander finished with nine outs while walking two.
“In baseball with one And you play freshmen, and we play a lot of freshmen,” That’s what the coach of the Catholics in Charleston, Will Bobinger, said. “Jonah has a lot of experience in very tense matches. He has always wanted the ball in the biggest games of the year. We threw him against Independence, which is another great team, because we wanted to prepare him for this match.
“He is not afraid to chase beaters and throw pitches. He was extremely effective today. “
Williamstown starting pitcher Chase Barkley, one of the two senior players on the Yellowjacket roster, and DiCoco dropped an exclusion ball in the first two innings. Barkley conceded a doubling of two outs to Gage Town at the start of the third inning and had to come out of the inning unscathed. DiCocco stepped to the plate and landed harmlessly in second base, but the outfielder silenced the game for the first of Yellowjacket’s two errors in the afternoon and the inning continued with runners in the corners.
Michael Ferrell then scored a run at home, and Gannon Morris added an RBI double for two missed runs in the inning.
In the home half of the third inning, DiCocco came out of a triple with two outs by Maxwell Molesa. However, the Irish defense broke down in the fourth when Parker Schramm from Williamstown and Harbor Hout scored and later scored two shots, leading to errors.
Barkley seemed to be in control after killing four in a row, leading to Charleston Catholic’s fifth inning. Then the Irish bats woke up when five players made a major blow. Michael Ferrell, Maurice and Hayden Carrigger released one RBI single each as part of the five-release breakout.
“It’s a shame we don’t do this too often.” Said Bobinger.
Barkley gave Williamstown a sixth inning with no result, which would be his last after throwing 104 pitches.
Williamstown’s violation pushed to the bottom of the sixth inning. Scram’s opening single was followed by Luke Ancrom, who received a walk. Harbor Haught gave a bunt, but an incorrect throw to third base for a possible force out allowed two runs to score. Haught was sent off when he tried to score a goal in the wild, which bounced directly back to the catter, who then threw to the pitcher covering the home sign.
This was the last Yellowjackets runner in the starting position.
Scar entered the seventh inning with relief. After an initial walk, the freshman killed the next three attackers.
With three Irish outs from winning a place in a state championship match, DiCocco needed only one pitch to challenge Leewood Molessa’s first out. Both Maxwell Molesa and Tai Ot fell behind in the 1-2 count and eventually out.
“You have to perform at this level,” said Coach Maxwell. “For some reason, we have not performed in these big situations. It’s frustrating to come here to be defeated by a team you’ve won before.
“It was difficult for me. Last year we were happy to be here. This year we expected to be here. We just didn’t play very well today. We will go back to work, we will start work and we will return next year. “
In terms of home restaurants, Williamstown managed the table as the best ranked team in Class A throughout the regular season. Barkley and Liwood Molesa are the only two graduates. It is said that the members of the new freshman class have a legitimate talent.
“We played all season – winning a bunch of games is great, but once you get to the state tournament, those games don’t matter anymore.” said Coach Maxwell. “I am proud of our boys who have reached this point. We just have to deal with better performance everywhere – hitting, catching, passing. Everything.”
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