From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — Bryce Nightengale and Brendon Dougherty each knocked in four runs as Riverside Sports beat Cumberland Optimist 11-3 on Friday at Allegany College to sweep their best-of-three semifinal series and advance to the Hot Stove League’s National League Championship Series.
Nightengale singled four times while Dougherty doubled singled to lead Riverside. Winning pitcher Brady Hillegas hit a pair of singles, while Carson Imes and Brett Fuzie added RBI singles.
Riverside scored once in the opening inning and opened up a 6-0 lead in the third.
The Optimist got a triple and a single from Ty Mance and a two-run single from Bryce Legeer.
Hillegas had five strikeouts and no walks to earn the victory.
Riverside will face the Fort Ashby Lions beginning Monday.
Fort Ashby Lions 15
Cresaptown Eagles 5
BEL AIR — The Fort Ashby Lions showed their teeth in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring 13 runs over that span to pull away from the Cresaptown Eagles to sweep their semifinal playoff series.
The Lions (19-3) will advance to play Riverside Sports in the National League Championship beginning on Monday at the Hot Stove Complex.
After Cresaptown scored a run in the bottom of the first, Fort Ashby came back with a run in the second an third innings, then erupted for six in the fourth inning and added seven more in the fifth.
Braiden Popluhar hit a pair of singles and a double, drove in three runs and scored three more. Hunter Jenkins added three singles while Gavin Mauzy had two singles, two runs scored and one RBI. Nick Smith chipped in with two singles, two runs and an RBI and Tucker Aldridge had two singles and two RBIs. Garrett Gross hit a two-run single.
Michael Barton led the Eagles with a triple, a single and an RBI. Austin Murray and Bryson Shepherd doubled and Dalton Torbet singled twice.
The Eagles finished the season at 15-8.
Thomas Chevrolet 2
POTOMAC PARK — Brooks Carr and Aaron Rodeheaver combined for a two-hitter and 13 strikeouts to lead Lakeview Auto Parts to a sweep of Thomas Chevrolet in the second round of the Hot Stove playoffs Friday at Holler Field.
The game began Thursday but was suspended during the fourth inning by rain. It resumed Friday with Rodehaver shutting out Thomas the rest of the way.
Carr got the start and worked into the fourth, striking out five. Rodehaver struck out eight.
Trevon Jones paced Lakeview at the plate with a triple and a single, Hunter Hill doubled and singled and Carr had two singles for Lakeview.
Waugerman and Shaffer singled for the Thomas.
Lakeview will play the winner of today’s Keyser VFW/Cork’s Cars game beginning Monday in the semifinal round.