WEIRTON - Weirton Post 10 stayed alive for a spot in the Beast Of The East Sunday finals with a split in two games Friday at Ed Bowman Field. By winning 8-6 and losing 12-6, Post 10, which opened the tournament with two victories Thursday, improved to 3-1 with two games remaining today.
Post 10 (8-7) got a key two-run single from Domenic Silvestri in the sixth inning to come from behind in the 8-6 win over the Ontario Outlaws in the morning game.
Mitch Viakley, who weathered a five-run fourth inning, got the win yielding nine hits and five walks, but striking out four. Heath Hildreth, who had a big day at the plate in both games, came on in the seventh inning with two runners on and struck out the final two Outlaws for the save.
Hildreth then went on to start the second game against CNY Thunder from Syracuse, NY. He pitched into the sixth inning and absorbed the loss.
Hildreth had two singles and a home run in each game.
"Heath is really heating up for us at the plate," said Post 10 coach, Bill Magnone. "So is Silvestri. He really came through for us in the win today."
Post 10 jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Thunder, but the New Yorkers poured it on with three runs in the third, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and three more in the sixth where the game ended because of the two-hour Beast of the East time limit.
William Larch belted a two-run homer against the Thunder. Trey Smith, Will Bowser, Kyle Woodruff and Kaleb Baire each singled and Mike Curtis doubled.
Post 10 will take on Seneca Valley at 8 a.m. today and WHC at 1 p.m. Both games are at Ed Bowman Field.
Weirton Post 10 8, Ontario Outlaws 6
Ontario 100 500 0 - 6 9 1
Post 10 020 203 1 - 8 9 1
ONTARIO: Inglis S, 2R, SB; Hadfield 2S, R; Verkley S, D, R; Carpenter S; R. McNabb 3S, R, SB; N. McNabb S, R.
POST 10: Viakley ( WP, 4K 5W), Hildreth (7th, 2K, S) and Smith. Silvestri 2S, 2RBI; Larch S, 2RBI, R; Bowser, R; Woodruff R, SB; Baire S, R.
CNY Thunder 12, Post 10 6
CNY 003 043 - 12 12 4
Post 10 111 102 - 6 10 1
CNY: Whiteman (WP, 6K, 4W). Rodriguez 2S, D, R; Pariso S, R; Reichel 2S, 2R; Goodbread 3S, 2R; Perrin S, 2R; Griffin S, D, 3R.
POST 10: Hildreth (LP, K, 3W), Baire (5th, 9K, 9W) and Curtis. Smith S; Hildreth 2S, HR, 2RBI; Larch HR, 2RBI; Bowser S, SB; Woodruff S, R; Churtis D; Baire S, 2R.