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June 7, 2014

Bridgeport advances to state baseball title game

CHARLESTON — Bridgeport coach Robert Shields lost some sleep as he mulled over who to pitch in the state semifinals against Chapmanville.

After six days of fretting, he will be able to sleep easy now thanks to a 3-1 victory over the Tigers on Friday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

His choice, Tyler Skidmore, struck out eight, walked two and surrendered just one earned run in seven complete innings. The victory, Bridgeport’s first in the state tournament since 2010, moves the Indians into the Class AA state tournament game today.

“Tyler is mature. He’s been on this mound before. He’s been in this tournament three times,” said Shields. “Sometimes you’ve got to go with your gut a little bit and I did. What a tremendous job he did on the mound.”

Bridgeport (31-6) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Greg Smith legged out a single and the throw got away from the Chapmanville first baseman, scoring A.C. Caldera from third.

The Indians extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth. Zach Hineman tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a 2-out passed ball.

The Tigers (29-7) loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Brock Dalton hit a 2-out single to right field, scoring Jordan Cook and cutting the Indians’ lead to 2-1. But Caldera kept them from tying it when he gunned out Brady Cox at home

Antony Bonamico gave Bridgeport an insurance run in the top of the sixth with an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-1.

Chapmanville’s Trey Dalton took the loss on the mound. He struck out five, walked four and surrendered three earned runs in six innings.

RIVERSIDE 3, WHEELING 2

The Warriors came out to play Friday afternoon.

With two outs in the the bottom of the seventh inning, Riverside’s Trevor Smith hit a single up the middle to give the Warrior’s a thrilling walk-off victory over Wheeling in the Class AAA semifinals.

In the top half of the inning, Wheeling Park got a clutch hit of its own. Down 2-1 with two outs in the top of the seventh, Nathan Hardman hit a two-strike pitch through the infield to tie the game at 2.

Riverside’s Cameron Norris went the distance on the mound. He struck out 10, walked one and allowed just two earned runs.

His counterpart, Michael Grove went 6.2 innings, striking out eight, walking two and surrendering six hits.

The Warriors advance to play Hurricane in the Class AAA championship game today.

HURRICANE 3, WASHINGTON 1

On a bright, sunny Friday afternoon, a Hurricane rolled through Appalachian Power Park — the Hurricane Redskins, that is.

Joseph Rogoszewski allowed just one earned run in seven strong innings, Brock Tate was a perfect 1-for-1 with an RBI and Hurricane knocked off Washington, 3-1, in the Class AAA semifinals.

Washington (23-5) pitcher Jared Silva struck out six and allowed just three hits in five innings. But four walks and an error led to Hurricane runs in the third and fourth innings.

The Redskins (28-7) tacked on one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth against Zachary Burch.

They advance to the Class AAA finals today against Riverside.

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