Weir scores 12 runs in two innings to defeat EL

WEIRTON – Weir High scored seven runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to break open a 1-1 game to beat East Liverpool 13-6 Monday at Bowman Field.

The Red Riders pounded out 13 hits, nine of them in the final two innings, in winning its seventh game in 15 starts.

“We were a little inconsistent early in the game,” said veteran coach Bob Rosnick. “We hit into a couple of double plays and then ran ourselves out of a couple of innings, but it was nice to get that big inning. We’ve been waiting for awhile to get one of those.”

The Red Riders sent 11 batters to the plate in the big fifth inning. The big hits were delivered by Jeremy Swartzmiller, William Larch and Zac Knuutila.

Matt Cessna led the Riders with three hits, one of them a double that drove in two runs. Josh Russell and Kamari Washington each collected two hits as did starting and winning pitcher, Mitch Viakley. One of Viakley’s hits was an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“Errors have been the story of our team all year,” said East Liverpool’s Bill Bailey, whose team had five errors in the game. “We’re a young team with only two seniors and one junior. The rest are all freshmen and sophomores.”

Sophomore righthander Hunter Maze kept the Riders in check through the first four innings, but ran out of defensive support in the Weir High fifth, but he finished the game walking one and striking out two.

“I can’t ask any more than what he did tonight,” said Bailey whose team dropped to 3-11. “We just have to back him up. We hit the ball well and scored five runs in the sixth, but we just don’t do it consistently enough. At this part of the season, we should be a lot better.”

Viakley went five innings yielding one run and three hits. He walked two and struck out two. Knuutila came in in the sixth inning, but had difficulty finding the plate. He gave up five runs on only two hits, but walked four in two-thirds of an inning. Josh Russell came in to get the final out and finished the game striking out two batters.

The teams get together Wednesday at East Liverpool.