Doddridge drubs Catholic

DAVISVILLE, W. Va. – Parkersburg Catholic fell behind visiting Doddridge County 4-0 after just a half an inning and never caught up in dropping an 11-5 decision to the Bulldogs Thursday at Marshall Field.

PCHS, now 3-5, plays three games in the state Catholic baseball tournament at Bridgeport, Ohio today and Saturday, while Doddridge, now 5-3, plays host to Calhoun County at 4:30 p.m. today.

The Bulldogs took advantage of seven Crusader errors, including three in the top of the first frame for three runs and a Catholic wild pitch to plate the fourth tally, all without a hit.

PCHS got a run back in the bottom of the first on Zach VanCamp’s RBI groundout, only to see Doddridge put up a run in the second stanza on an Austin Ash single and two more in the third on a wild pitch and a delayed double steal of home to expand its lead to 7-1.

Logan Plummer’s two-run single for Catholic in the last of the fourth made it a 7-3 game. But two-run innings in the fifth and sixth increased the Bulldogs’ lead to 11-3, highlighted by Nick Cavins’ RBI double and bases-loaded walk and Drew Lett’s sacrifice fly.

The Crusaders, though, had one last gasp in the bottom of the seventh, getting two runs off a Doddridge throwing error.

“We hit the ball a little better today than we have been and we got good pitching,” said Doddridge head coach Dave Mires. “But we let a couple games go that we could’ve had. We hit the ball early on in the season, scoring 18 and 17 (runs) a couple times, but then kind of went into a slump and also didn’t play for a week. Now, we’re getting to play some (games) though.”

PCHS head coach Tom Harvey “summed up” the loss in three words – “walks (10 issued by Crusader pitchers Thursday), poor defense. And we had opportunities to score, but didn’t take advantage of those situations.

“We just have to figure out a way to quit making the same mistakes over and over. Hopefully in the next three weeks, we can figure things out and get rolling.”

One bright spot Thursday for the Crusaders was freshman Bryce Moore, who pitched the top of the seventh and retired the side in order with two strikeouts. “It was his first time out there (on the mound); he did well – and threw strikes – so you’ll probably see him out there again,” said Harvey.