ACCIDENT — Aaron Rodeheaver smashed a game-tying home run and Trevon Jones hit a two-out, game-winning RBI single as Northern outlasted second-ranked Allegany, 8-7, in a 14-inning marathon Thursday at Northern.
It took a week and seven extra innings to finally decide it. The game was suspended after 12 innings, tied 6-6, last Thursday. Attempts to resume the game on Saturday and Wednesday were thwarted by poor weather conditions.
Under sunny skies and after a scoreless 13th on Thursday, Allegany’s Bryce Nightengale led off the 14th with a home run to right-centerfield to give the Campers their first lead since 6-4 in the sixth inning.
But it didn’t last long as Northern’s Aaron Broadwater hit a line drive over the center field fence with one out in the bottom of the 14th to tie it again. Brooks Carr drew a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. After a strikeout, Jones singled to right and Carr slid home safely, narrowly beating the throw to the plate and giving the Huskies the sweep of the season series.
Northern (7-7 overall, 5-5 Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference) had forced extra innings by scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh. Down 6-4, Seth Mast and Rodeheaver singled and Jerad Fike hit an RBI double. With runners on second and third, Broadwater singled to right to tie the game, but Ryan Murphy’s strong throw got Fike trying to score on a bang-bang play at the plate. Broadwater advanced to second on the throw home, but Nightengale got a groundout and a strikeout to get out of the inning.
There was no more scoring until Nightengale’s homer in the 14th.
Allegany (10-3, 7-3) finished with 14 hits and Northern had 11, but pitchers on both sides racked up plenty of strikeouts, too — a combined 34. Allegany pitchers fanned 19, with Nightengale getting 10 in seven innings, Wade McGee seven in five innings and Trenton Eirich two in 1 2-3 innings. Northern pitchers fanned 15, with Jones getting three in four innings, Fike six in six innings, and Bittinger six in five.
Broadwater finished with a home run and an RBI single, Fike had two doubles and three RBIs and Mast, Rodeheaver and Jones two singles for Northern.
Chris Fram hit a solo homer in the fifth, giving Allegany a 5-1 lead at the time, and a single. Nightengale homered and doubled, Matt Oleksik had a double and two singles, Murphy a double and an RBI single and Eirich three singles and an RBI.
Allegany plays at Frankfort today at 4 p.m. and hosts Frankfort in a makeup game on Saturday at 10 a.m. Northern visits Southern today at 4:30 p.m. and travels to Keyser for a makeup game on Saturday at noon.
No. 1 Hampshire 7
No. 5 Mtn. Ridge 3
ROMNEY, W.Va. — Josh Crawford and Bucky Timbrook had RBI singles in a three-run fourth inning to lead top-ranked Hampshire past Mountain Ridge.
It was the third quality win in two days for the Trojans (16-1 overall, 7-0 AMAC), who had beaten Musselman 6-3 and perennial power Jefferson 7-5 on Wednesday.
Crawford’s single knocked in two runs and Timbrook’s brought in one as Hampshire broke a 1-1 tie with the three-run fourth. The Trojans scored three more runs in the fifth. Shane Ennis belted a double and a single.
Branden Markwood had two singles and Josh Van Meter an RBI single for Mountain Ridge (9-5, 7-3), which had a five-game winning streak broken.
Matt Maiers allowed two earned runs and struck out two in 5 2-3 innings for the win.
Hampshire plays again today at Elkins at 7 p.m. Mountain Ridge plays at Northern on Monday at 3:30.
SALISBURY, Pa. — Meyersdale’s Connor Christner drove in three runs and limited Salisbury to two hits to lead the Red Raiders to victory.
Christner struck out five in a complete game, with the night ending after five innings due to the 10-run rule. He allowed a single to Salisbury’s Doug Foy and another to Matt Geiger.
Lance Leydig with 4 for 4 with a double, three singles and three runs scored for Meyersdale, which had nine hits.
The Elks (4-5) host Paw Paw on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — Garrett Crawford did it on the mound and at the plate, lifting Hampshire past Musselman.
Crawford broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the fourth and also doubled and singled and finished with four RBIs to lead the Hampshire attack.
He also pitched the first 6 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four, for the win. Shane Ennis came on in the seventh and got the final two outs on strikeouts for a save.
Both teams had six hits. Hampshire took advantage of five errors by Musselman (18-9).
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — Shane Ennis doubled, singled and knocked in two runs and earned his second save of the day as Hampshire knocked off Jefferson.
Ethan Turner ripped an RBI triple, winning pitcher Josh Crawford had a double and an RBI and Dane Heavener an RBI single for Hampshire, which overcame a 5-4 deficit with three runs in the sixth inning.
The first four Hampshire batters reached base in the sixth as three drew walks and another was hit by a pitch. Bucky Timbrook drew a bases-loaded walk to tie it 5-5, Ennis drove home the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Crawford knocked in another with a groundout.
Ennis relieved Crawford in the sixth and struck out four in two shutout innings for the save.