WHEELING - Linsly coach Jay Cartwright said his team had been struggling with runners in scoring position of late.
He certainly could have fooled Morgantown coach Mark McCartney with talk like that.
The Cadets were 6-for-9 with two homers and nine RBI with ducks on the pond Tuesday in a 9-2 beatdown of the Mohigans, returning the favor from a 9-1 setback against Morgantown in March.
PHOTO BY JIM ELLIOTT
Linsly’s Neil Tennant, left, is out on a sac bunt as Morgantown second baseman Ryan Antonini steps on first.
''It was good to see us come through,'' Cartwright said.
From the start.
The first three batters in the lineup did exactly what Cartwright was thinking when he drew up his card. Dillon Williams doubled, Haydon Stanley singled, and Alex Stephens ripped an opposite-field home run to right center.
''We hit with some power,'' Cartwright said. ''That helps.''
It stayed that way until the fifth - after Linsly's Michael Joseph led off the fourth with what appeared to be a home run, only to be ruled a double (fans behind the wall later admitted the ball cleared the fence on the fly). Joseph, meanwhile, never did score, as he was left at third.
The Cadets sent 10 to the plate in the fifth inning with Leighton Gibson keying things with a three-run double and Ryan Reithmiller doing what designated hitters do - ripping a two-run homer that capped the Cadets scoring.
''We lost the game on the mound and at the plate. It's simple,'' McCartney said. ''They knocked the crap out of our pitcher and we didn't hit theirs.''
Morgantown, which is very much in the running for an OVAC Class 5A title, scored its two runs in the sixth via an RBI single by Dakota Carr and a bases-loaded walk worked by leadoff man Connor Leone.
Cadets starter Momo Felt struck out five and walked five before giving way to Adam Jones in the sixth.
''He kinda lost his focus with some walks in the later innings, but that was a really sharp performance from Mo,'' Cartwright said. ''That's a really good hitting team over there and he kept them under control.''
Williams and Stanley were both 2-for-4 for the Cadets.
Carr had the only multi-hit game for the Mohigans. He was 2-for-3 with a double.