PARKERSBURG - Dan Ramsey of South Charleston Post 94 recorded the pitching win and squeezed the last out of the game on a foul ball in right field as the three-time defending American Legion state champions doubled up host Parkersburg Post 15 by a score of 10-5 on Friday evening at Bennett Stump Field in Area 3 tournament play.
Ramsey worked five innings and fanned seven. He fell behind 2-0 early before Post 94 (26-12) jumped ahead for good with a three-run second and then tacked on four more in the third for a 7-2 cushion they never relinquished. Of the seven runs in those two frames, only three were earned against Post 15 losing hurler Kyle Haverty.
"We went flat," said Parkersburg skipper Jim Goodwin, whose squad dropped to 34-9 and now plays an elimination contest at 1 p.m. today back inside City Park versus St. Marys Post 79.
Photo by Jay W. Bennett
Parkersburg Post 15’s Jordan Braniff is tagged out at the plate by South Charleston Post 94 catcher Justin Hunt on what turned out to be a delayed safety squeeze which turned into an inning-ending double play in the second frame.
"We got a good performance out of Haverty and we backed it up with (five) errors and you can't do that against a good team like them."
Ramsey shifted to right after the fifth and Craig Johnson entered and worked the final four frames for the save. The duo allowed just seven hits and recorded 10 strikeouts. On top of that, Parkersburg managed just a 1-for-18 showing from its five through nine batters.
Jacob Wilcox got the home crowd cheering early with a two-run single that plated Josh Wine and Case Edgar in the bottom of the first.
American Legion Area 3
Tournament at City Park
South Charleston 10, Parkersburg 5
Post 94 (26-12) 034 100 101 - 10 15 1
Post 15 (34-9) 200 020 100 - 5 7 5
WP: Dan Ramsey 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 7 SO
SAVE: Craig Johnson 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
LP: Kyle Haverty 3 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
Adam McCray 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
South Charleston Post 94 hitting: Rease Ripley 2-6 RBI; Josh Kiser 1-5 R; Evan Oyler 1-5, 2B; Dylan Ramsey 2-4, 3 R, 2B, RBI; Jordan Simpson 1-4, 2 R; Justin Hunt 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Dan Ramsey 2-5, 2 R, 2 SB, 2 RBIs; Ben Spurlock RBI; Nick Carter 2-3, 2 RBIs; Johnson 1-1 RBI
Parkersburg Post 15 hitting: Josh Wine 2-4, 2 R, SB; Case Edgar 1-5, 2 R, 2 SB, 2B; Jacob Wilcox 1-2, 2 RBIs; Brett Burns 2-5 RBI; Eli Gray RBI; Braxton Johnson 1-3 R
Next game: St. Marys Post 79 vs. Parkersburg Post 15 at 1 p.m. today at City Park.
However, Dylan Ramsey started the Post 94 second by drawing a free pass, Jordan Simpson reached on an error and with one out, Dan Ramsey added an RBI fielder's choice. Ben Spurlock followed with a sacrifice fly to tie things up and Dan Ramsey gave South Charleston the lead for good when he scored on Nick Carter's RBI single to right.
South Charleston, which has today off and is now in control of the double-elimination tournament, got an 8-for-18 effort with eight runs-batted-in from its six through nine hitters.
Dylan Ramsey singled and scored on catcher Justin Hunt's RBI bloop knock to center to make it 8-2 after the top of the fourth.
Post 15 sliced the deficit to 8-4 by scoring a pair of run in the bottom of the fifth. Braxton Johnson walked and scored when Edgar reached on Post 94's lone error. Wine singled and crossed the plate on an Eli Gray sacrifice fly.
Hunt singled and scored in the seventh, thanks to Rease Ripley's RBI single, and the visitors tallied their final run in the ninth after Dan Ramsey got on via a bunt single and scored on Craig Johnson's RBI sacrifice fly.
Post 15's final run came in the seventh when Edgar doubled and crossed the plate, thanks to a Brett Burns RBI single to left.
For Post 15, Wine and Burns had two hits apiece while relief pitcher Adam McCray scattered eight hits in six innings. He allowed three earned runs.
Hunt finished with three hits and joined Carter and Dan Ramsey, who swiped two bases, with a pair of RBIs apiece for South Charleston.