The senior from Williamstown just happened to find himself in that position Friday afternoon and responded in spectacular fashion as the Yellowjackets clinched a Class A, Region I, Section 3 championship by defeating Parkersburg Catholic 3-0 at Dave Wilson Field. In his complete-game victory, Townsend allowed just two hits —both singles — and struck out seven, including four in one inning.
“With Drew being a senior (and working on two days rest), I was worried about him trying to be Superman — but he has done it before,” Williamstown coach Terry Smith said after his Yellowjackets improved to 25-5.
Townsend’s counterpart — Britt West of PCHS — also gave quite a performance after posting goose eggs for the first four innings. The Yellowjackets finally broke through in the top of the fifth inning. The first run of the game was set up when Justin Wajda doubled with one out. An error put baserunners on the corners.
With Townsend at the plate, a West offering skipped past the catcher and pinch-runner Ty Gray broke toward the plate. The ball hit the backstop and bounced right back to the catcher and Gray was a sitting duck along the third base line. The throw to the pitcher covering, however, sailed away from its target to allow Gray to score.
In the sixth inning, Collin Miller singled with one out, stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Flanagan delivered in the clutch with an RBI single.
Williamstown added another insurance run in the seventh inning. With runners on second and third base, West’s pickoff attempt of Cameron Powell at third resulted in a throwing error and Powell scored standing up.
“We have to play better as the year progresses,” said PCHS coach Tom Harvey after his Crusaders completed the season at 7-21. “A lot of people believe the regular season is meaningless, but you have to learn how to win the close games. Williamstown has been here before and have done it.
“We need to learn that as the season progresses and win close games then be ready for these type of games come playoff time.”
Minus a pair of walks in the third inning, Townsend was sharp throughout the contest. The infield helped the cause by turning two double plays. Williamstown shortstop Greg Davis, who contributed eight hits in three sectional games, produced the game’s web gem when he dove to his right on ball headed to left field hit by Chase Fox in the sixth inning. Davis made a back-handed stab, rose to his feet and recorded the out at first base.
“Those defensive plays relieved the pressure right there,” Townsend said. “I just had to throw strikes and keep the ball down, and make (PCHS) hit ground balls.”
Class A, Region 1, Section 3
At Dave Wilson Field, St. Marys
Williamstown 3, Catholic 0
Williamstown 000 011 1 — 3 9 2
Catholic 000 000 0 — 0 2 4
WP: Drew Townsend 7ip, 2h, 0r, 0er, 2bb, 7so
LP: Britt West 7ip, 9h, 3r, 1er, 2bb, 8so
Hitting leaders: Williamstown (25-5) — Logan Flanagan 1-4, RBI; Justin Wajda 2-4; Cameron Powell 1-4, run; Kevin Board 1-4, 2B; Collin Miller 1-3, run.
Parkersburg Catholic (7-21)
Next game: Williamstown at Class A regional, TBA.
KERRY PATRICK Special to The Times
Williamstown pitcher Drew Townsend threw a complete-game, two-hitter as the Yellowjackets defeated Parkersburg Catholic 3-0 for the Class A, Region I, Section championship Friday at Dave Wilson Field in St. Marys.