POTOMAC PARK — Despite being held to only one hit by Bedford’s three pitchers, the Cresaptown Eagles took advantage of 10 walks to take the first game of the Hot Stove League best-of-three first-round playoffs 3-1 Monday evening at Jim Holler Field.
Darian Bauer walked three times and was hit by a pitch. As a result, in each the first and third innings he led off with a walk and then stole four bases to get two of the Eagles’ three runs. Bedford threw the ball away at third base in both innings. Bauer finished with six stolen bases.
Bryce Madden had the Eagles’ lone base hit. Cresaptown (15-3) added a run in the fifth inning.
Wesley Athey allowed three hits but gave up five walks. Bedford’s Aiden Kirk pitched three innings, Christian Hinson two and Ethan Weber finished in the sixth.
The second game of the series will be played today, 5:30 p.m., also at Holler Field.
Frostburg Legion 5Keyser Moose 2
POTOMAC PARK — Frostburg Legion outhit Keyser Moose 8-4 and used two two-run innings to a victory in the first round of the playoffs Monday evening at Rick Hamilton Field.
Landon McAlpine and Christian Beeman both had two hits and scored twice. McAlpine had an RBI as did Garrett Michaels.
Keyser got two singles from Sam Bradfield and he scored a run.
After a scoreless first, Frostburg took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as McAlpine and Beeman both scored on passed balls.
Keyser pulled to within one in the fourth as Chase Davis scored on a passed ball.
The Legion increased its lead in the bottom of the inning after McAlpine singled, stole second, advanced to third on Beeman’s base hit and scored on Michael’s single to center. Beeman moved to third and scored on another passed ball.
Frostburg made it a four-run lead in the fifth on Jeffrey McKenzie’s two-out single. He stole second before scoring on McAlpine’s base hit to right.
Bradfield singled in the seventh, took second on an error and moved to third on a fielder’s choice before scoring on a passed ball.
Frostburg’s Ashton Shimko pitched six innings, striking out nine with seven walks and giving up three hits and a run. Evan Cook relieved in the seventh.
Keyser’s Gavin Root started and went three innings, striking out two with two walks. He allowed three hits and two runs. Bradfield came on in the fourth striking out four with a walk. He was touched for five hits and three runs.
The second game of the best-of-three series will be this evening at Hamiton Field beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Grantsville S.A.L. 9Coldwell Banker 1
POTOMAC PARK — Winning pitcher Camden Friend and Levi Kennell both had two hits and two RBIs to lead Grantsville S.A.L. over Keyser Coldwell Banker in their playoff game Monday evening at Memorial Field.
Friend and reliever Ethan Seabold combined for seven strikeouts and limited Coldwell Banker to four hits — two doubles by Dylan Ours and two base hits by Jayden Delaney. Seabold had four strikeouts after coming on in the fourth inning and Friend had three. Keyser’s Benny Oates went the distance, striking out three.
Seabold and Craig Jarvis also singled with two RBIs. Nine Grantsville players had base hits out of their 11 total.
Grantsville (16-1) extended its 2-1 lead with a six-run third inning.
The two teams play again tonight at Grantsville beginning at 5:30 with Coldwell Banker needing a win to force a third playoff game.