PC Crusaders club Yellowjackets, 13-2
WILLIAMSTOWN — Patrick Copen pitched into the sixth inning as Parkersburg Catholic scored 10 runs en route to a 13-2 Class A sectional baseball win over host Williamstown in the double-elimination tournament Tuesday.
Next sectional games for both teams will be Calhoun County at Williamstown 5 p.m. today and Catholic at Ravenswood 5 p.m. Thursday.
The visiting Crusaders jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Joel Stophel doubled in both runs before they added on five more tallies in their half of the third frame when Copen doubled in a run, Stophel drove in another score followed by an error that plated run No. 3 and then another miscue that enabled runs 4 and 5 of the inning to cross the plate and roll PCHS out to a 7-0 advantage.
But the Yellowjackets were not done yet. In last of the third, they posted two runs on an RBI single by Braden Mullenix and a ground-ball out by Austyn Smith
Catholic, though, was not letting up at all, putting a 2-spot on the board in the fourth on a single by Drew Gill for a 9-2 lead.
And in the sixth and seventh innings, PCHS tacked its final four runs — one in the sixth on an error and three in the seventh on a Bryce Moore single, the fourth Williamstown error of the game and finally a wild pitch.
For Catholic’s ace Copen, he worked 5.2 innings, striking out 10 ‘Jackets and walking five while hurling 115 pitches. Meanwhile, Williamstown starter Cullen Cutright went only the first 2.1 innings with three relievers throwing the last 4.2 innings.
Ty Sturm took over on the mound from Copen with two outs in the sixth and allowed only two singles and no runs the rest of the way. Plus, Catholic also pulled off two double plays in the fifth and as well as to end the game in the bottom of the seventh.
“Tonight was pretty big all around for us,” said Catholic head coach Tom Harvey. “I told them that’s why I’ve been demanding, that’s why I yell. And the last couple nights, we’ve come to play ball. We swung the bat pretty well tonight and Copen pitched with it pretty well and then Ty came in and got the job done and we turned a couple double plays. I mean we were playing some baseball.
“It was an all-round team effort; it was a great job.”
For Williamstown head coach Terry Smith, it was a case “of us getting completely outplayed,” he said. “The thing is if we ever had any chance at all, Copen was just pitching too well. And they got some timely hits and every time we got a smell of a run, Copen just struck us out.”
He added too that “we just couldn’t throw strikes to get started and we just continued to give up runs. I don’t know. You expect some guys to step forward and they step backwards. I’m not sure why it is. But we’ll show up tomorrow and see where it takes us.”