FROSTBURG — Mountain Ridge’s Patrick Russell wound up being the difference maker in the Miners’ 5-4 victory over fellow Appalachian Mountain Athletic Conference opponent Fort Hill on Thursday afternoon.
Russell drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning after preserving the tie game from the mound with the go-ahead run on base.
The Miners took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, with the Sentinels adding their first run in the second to tie the game. After exchanging one more run each, Mountain Ridge broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Entering the seventh inning, the Seninels made a late charge as Chris King tied the game with an RBI single, but Russell was able to seize control on the mound, getting the Sentinels to fly out with the go-ahead run threatening from second base.
In the bottom of the inning, after Mike Strietbeck singled with one out, Jake Hafer reached base after being hit by a pitch and Colten Winner loaded the bases with a walk.
Mountain Ridge (8-3-1, 5-2-1 AMAC) was down to their final out when Russell struck again, putting the ball in play and driving in Strietbeck from third on a Sentinel error for the winning run.
Winner had two singles and an RBI for the Miners, while Patrick Kimble and Hafer each added an RBI hits. Hafer also struck out eight batters.
King finished with two hits and two RBIs for Fort Hill (5-9, 3-6 AMAC) with Mike Wright driving in the other two Sentinel runs on two singles.
Mountain Ridge will host Allegany today at 4:30 p.m. Fort Hill is scheduled to visit Hedgesville for a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m.
No. 5 Petersburg 3, Southern 1
PETERSBURG, W.Va. — Southern took a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the first inning, but Petersburg scored three runs over the fourth and fifth innings and Jace Shanholtz held the Rams quiet after the first as No. 5