WHEELING - With a plethora of new faces in his starting lineup this season, veteran Linsly baseball coach Jay Cartwright was eager to see what his squad could do.
The answer? More of the same.
A year removed from winning 25 games and the OVAC Class 2A championship the Cadets kept rolling Friday afternoon by blanking Barnesville, 9-0, at Holloway Field.
Photo by Rick Thorp
Linsly’s Colton Coss (26) sneaks down the third-base line as Barnesville’s David Brown (25) keeps an eye on the action during their game Friday in Wheeling.
''This is the best all-around game we've played this year,'' Cartwright said after watching his team improve to 6-1.
''We're getting some pitching and timely hitting ... we're playing hard, aggressive baseball.''
That's typical Linsly. And Friday, the Cadets combined all of that with the usual fundamentally-sound play and stymied the Shamrocks at the plate and in the field.
''We kept the pressure on by scoring in all but one inning,'' Cartwright said. ''And that's a quality Barnesville team we played. This is a very quality win for us.''
Keeping Barnesville's bats at bay was Linsly ace Momo Felt. A reigning All-Valley performer, Felt was superb, allowing three singles, striking out nine and walking one in six innings work.
''He's probably one of the best, if not the best pitcher we'll see this year,'' Barnesville coach D.J. Butler said. ''He was able to throw the pitches he wanted. Hats off to him.''
The Cadets wasted little time in taking control, scoring three times in the first after sending seven to the plate.
Leadoff batter Arien Seymour showcased his speed by placing a bunt single down the third-base line. Colton Coss followed with a blast that rolled to the fence in right-center and Seymour scored as Coss made it in with a standup triple.
Coss came home moments later when Logan Goodnight doubled.
Two batters late, Dom Ellis' sacrifice fly brought home Goodnight from third.
Goodnight struck again in the second when his RBI single scored Seymour and gave Linsly a 4-0 lead.
The Cadets added runs in the third and fourth before putting up another three-spot in the fifth to complete the scoring.
With two outs, Jameson Murray sliced a single to center scoring pinch runner Antione Dorsett from third to increase the lead to 7-0. Seymour then brought Murray home via a triple to make the score 8-0.
Finally, Coss smacked an RBI single to plate Seymour and cap the scoring.
All told, seven players registered RBI for the Cadets. Two players had extra-base hits.