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Wellsburg gets its bats going against Post 3

AT THE PLATE — Wellsburg Post 34’s Zach Omery takes a swing against Moundsville Post 3 Wednesday night at the Brooke High School diamond. - Andrew Grimm

WELLSBURG — After struggling at the plate recently, Wellsburg Post 34 decided to change up its pre-game routine prior to Wednesday’s home game against Moundsville Post 3.

The change worked, as Post 34 pounded out 12 hits in a 14-7 win at Brooke High School in a game that ended just in the nick of time as the skies let loose in the bottom of the seventh.

“Our last couple of games we had been struggling, we were held to one or two hits,” Wellsburg coach Micah Knisely said. “We tried something different before the game — we took batting practice. We tried to change the superstition a little bit and it appears to have worked so we’ll do it again before the next game.”

After Moundsville jumped out to a 3-0 lead through an inning and a half, the hosts came storming back in the bottom of the second, plating five runs to take its first lead.

Colton Palmer got Post 34 on the board with a sac fly after the bases were walked full, then pitcher Hunter Mozingo, a Brooke product, helped his own cause with a two-run double to tie it at 3-3.

Zach Omery ripped another two-run double to make it 5-3, that one coming with two outs.

Post 3 tied the game with a pair of runs in the top of the third, the tying run on an RBI ground out by Zack Conner after a run scored on a passed ball, but Post 34 was far from done and came right back in the bottom half.

With the bases loaded up again, a run scored on a balk to give Post 34 back the lead, then a Mozingo blooper dropped in and scored another.

Another run scored on a wild pitch, then another on an Ian Robinson sac fly to make it 9-5 Wellsburg through three.

An inning later, Post 34 came a run shy of bringing the 10-run rule into play.

Mozingo put the Wellsburg into double digits with an RBI single, then Omery drove in two more with a two-out, two-run double.

Andrew Coursin, a Brooke grad, drove in another with a two-out RBI single, and Raymond DeFranco kept the rally going with an RBI single of his own before Post 3 could get out of the inning.

“Confidence is everything, you have to have it hitting or you’re not going to hit at all,” Knisely said. “A game like this where we have 12 hits, its a big thing for our boys moving forward.”

Moundsville got a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on RBI singles from Will McGinnis and Jacob Harr, but the damage was done.

Mozingo, after the bumpy start, came one pitch away from a complete game, fanning four and walking five in 6 2/3 innings. Austin Robinson recorded a strikeout to end the game.

“He did well, I had to take him out on the last pitch because he hit the maximum, or he would have finished the game just fine,” Knisely said. “He threw a great game once he settled in.”

Wellsburg, now 3-9, is set to take on Morgantown on the road on Friday before hosting a doubleheader with Parkersburg on Sunday.

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