From Staff Reports
ROMNEY, W.Va. — David Delawder drew a bases-loaded walk to break a tie game in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a seven-run comeback Sunday afternoon as Romney Post 91 roared back to beat Berkeley Post 14, 12-7, to earn a spot in this week’s American Legion Baseball State Tournament.
Romney won the tournament by going through the losers bracket and beat Berkeley twice in the end. Berkeley had beaten Romney earlier in the tournament 7-6. Romney got revenge by winning 13-3 Saturday evening, which forced a final game on Sunday.
In the final game, Berkeley scored four runs in the first inning and led 7-0 after just two innings. But strong relief work by Shane Ennis and Braiden Popluhar kept Berkeley at bay the rest of the afternoon.
Romney chipped away at the big lead, first with a four-run fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Delawder, then tied it with a three-run seventh with Ennis belting an RBI double and Scotty Hessler knotting it 7-7 with an RBI single.
Romney took the lead with the five-run seventh. Cole Smith led off with a walk, Popluhar reached on an infield error and Dane Heavener singled to load the bases. After a force out at the plate, Delawder drew a a bases-loaded walk, and Josh Crawford and Ennis were hit by pitches to force in two more runs and make it 10-7. Hessler plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Thane Cutter completed the scoring with an RBI single.
Popluhar got the win with five shutout innings of relief. He allowed only three hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter. Ennis, who came on in relief in the second inning, allowed one run in 2 1-3 innings.
Cutter, Popluhar and Heavener had two hits in leading Romney, which had 11 hits and played errorless defense.
Romney’s win over Berkeley on Saturday night was shortened to seven innings by the 10-run rule.
Crawford led the way with a solo home run and two singles. Ennis and Hessler had three singles and Jamison Jones, Cutter and Smith had two. Jones pitched all seven innings for the win and struck out five.
Earlier in the tournament, Romney beat Potomac Valley Post 64 16-6, lost to Berkeley 7-6, and beat the Jefferson Wildcats 8-7.
Crawford and Cutter had three hits while Ennis and Hessler had two hits and four RBIs each in the win over Potomac Valley. Tyler Holt was the winning pitcher.
In the loss to Berkeley, Smith and Ennis had two hits, with Smith also knocking in three runs.
Romney earned the shot at revenge against Berkeley with the 8-7 win over Jefferson in an elimination game. Tied 7-7 in the seventh, Jones walked and scored on a single by Ennis for the winning run.
Matt Maiers scattered six hits over seven innings and allowed only two earned runs as Romney struggled in the field with five errors. Garrett Crawford got the win with two shutout innings of relief work.
Josh Crawford hit a double and two singles, while Jones, Ennis and Popluhar had two singles for Romney.
Now 31-7, Romney will take on Elkins on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., in the opening round of the West Virginia State Tournament at Holly Stadium at West Virginia University.