WHEELING - Giving up late runs has been an issue this season for the Wheeling Park baseball team.
It happened again Tuesday afternoon against University as the Patriots saw a six run lead turn into one run in the sixth inning.
This time, Park was able to muster a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the innings as it went on to claim a 10-5 victory against the Hawks.
Photo by Tony Viola/Wheeling Park third baseman Zane Hummel (4) awaits a throw from Michael Grove (15) as University’s Travis Renner (15) runs to the base.
''Four of our five losses have been by one run,'' Park coach Mike McLeod said. ''We've given up three runs in bottom of the seventh four times. We're still fighting to have the right chemistry.''
The Patriots (10-5) were clicking on all cylinders early behind a solid performance from freshman lefty Jub Delbrugge, who improved his record to 3-0 in as many appearances.
''He's a baseball player,'' McLeod said of Delbrugge. ''He comes from a pedigree of a good family. His brothers are both good baseball players. That's what he does. He's a pitcher and he knows how to pitch. He's not going to over power anybody, yet. He's only 15, maybe even 14 years old. He's a good left handed pitcher and he does what our teams needs him to do to be successful.''
Color Hawks coach Donavon Riggleman impressed as well.
''(Delbrugge) did a nice job keeping us off balanced and that's the name of the game,'' he said. ''We were up there swinging from our heels and swinging in the dirt.''
After a 1-2-3 first inning for the Hawks (3-7-1), the Patriots got on the board with a Justice Jackson sacrifice fly that scored Daniel Baciak.
Park struck again in the second as a Tyler Cooley hit scored Zane Hummel before Chalmer Moffett, who finished 4 for 4, doubled in Michael Grove in the third. Hummel then tripled in Moffett to give the Patriots a 4-0 lead. Moffett drove in Baciak and Cooely with a hit into right field in the fourth to make it 6-0.
''He's on fire right now,'' McLeod said of Moffett. ''He's in a zone. He's a junior leader who played last year and he's just a warrior. A great football player, a great athlete.''
The Hawks, who had only three hits to that point, began to feast when Park made a pitching switch in the sixth.
After Travis Renner was walked and Jeremy Eckles was hit by a pitch, Colton Sanders drove them in on a hit to center field to make it 6-2. An error on the shortstop two at-bats later allowed Jacob Hart and Sanders to score. That was followed with a Tyler Hart hit that drove in Josh Yost and suddenly it was 6-5.
McLeod then called on Matt Brooks to take the mound and the senior did not disappoint.
After Andrew Cranston hit into a fielder's choice, Phil Bledsoe turned a double play at third to end the inning.
With a one-run lead, the Patriots got to work in the bottom of the frame as they exploded for five of their 14 hits.
Crow doubled in Baciak before a Jay Messey hit cleared the way for a Crow score. Moffett doubled in Messey to make it 9-5 and Park got its final run of the day when a Grove Calvert sacrifice fly brought in Moffett.
University loaded the bases in the seventh with no outs, but Brooks retired back-to-back batters on strikes and Moffett made a sensational catch at first to end the game.
''I thought we were very dead the first four innings,'' Riggleman said. ''We were sleep walking. I don't know if it was the bus trip or what, but we didn't come to play baseball. We livened up a little bit in the sixth, but you can't wait that long to do that against a quality team.''
''University is a good program,'' McLeod noted. ''We brought some of our young guys up. We did enough to win the game. Like I tell the guys, no matter who we have in the dugout, I expect the guys to get the job done no matter what.
''(Today) the fireworks will begin at Brooke. It's a sectional seating game. Fortunately, we already beat them at our place. I'm sure they're itching to get us up to their place and apply the bear claw.''
STEUBENVILLE - Anthony Zorne and Justin Corsi each brought three runs plateward as Steubenville (11-4) handed Edison (10-1) its first loss.
Devin Ferguson was the beneficiary of an 11-hit Big Red attack and earned a victory. Niko Petrides and Kai McClurg drove in two more runs each and Dimitri Collaros and Branden Jones had an RBI apiece.
Collin Scott homered and plated three to pace the Wildcats.
Madonna 3, Linsly 2
WEIRTON - Will Bowser went the route, scattered six hits and struck out six as Madonna got the best of Linsly.
Caleb Baire (single) and Michael Rogers (two singles) drove in one each for the Blue Dons. Luca Fuscardo doubled.
Jameson Murray took a tough-luck loss, throwing a complete game and striking out 10. Arien Seymour hit a solo homer for the Cadets and Dillon Curtin doubled home a run.
Tyler Consolidated 7
Wirt County 4
ELIZABETH - Jordan Baker retired seven on strikes as Tyler Consolidated beat Wirt County.
Evan Davis had two hits and drove in a run for the Silver Knights (7-8), while Baker added an RBI single.
Steubenville Catholic 13
East Liverpool 4
EAST LIVERPOOL - Aleks Poreca struck out four and pitched into the sixth to earn a victory and Brenton Colabella singled, homered and drove in two to lead Steubenville Catholic.
Tony Barber and Kutch Clark had three hits apiece for the Crusaders. Chris Murphy, Stone Romano and Josh Merriman all collected two hits.
Brooke 10, Morgantown 0
WELLSBURG - Mario Lombardi tossed a one-hitter as Brooke blanked Morgantown in four innings.
Russell Schwertfeger tripled and drove in two runs for the Bruins (11-4), while Kelan Welch doubled twice and drove in three runs.
Nic Ossman had a two RBI single and Aaron Walker added two hits.
Bishop Donahue 15
MOUNDSVILLE - Hunter Kaschke tossed a three-hitter as Bishop Donahue blanked Shenandoah in four innings.
Alex Reidel homered among two hits and drove in two runs for the Bishops (7-5), while Bryce Jones doubled among two hits and drove in two runs.
Chaice Truex and Lane LeMasters added three hits and three RBI each.
Caldwell 10, St. John 0
BELLAIRE - Caleb Heller struck out seven in a one-hit victory to lead Caldwell past St. John.
Tanner Clark (double, triple), Mason Janusik (two singles, double) and Kyle McElfresh (single, triple) each drove in two for the Redskins, while Jack Riddenoir added a double and an RBI.
Mason Kull's single was the lone Irish hit.
Martins Ferry 4
BARNESVILLE - Lucas Lloyd fired a complete game, striking out five to win a pitcher's duel with Auston Hannahs as Martins Ferry (9-6) doubled up Barnesville (4-8).
Brenden Baire singled in a run for the Purple Riders while T.J. Jacob also plated one. Seth Scott singles twice.
Hannahs struck out nine and did not walk a batter in six innings of work. David Brown doubled home a Shamrocks run and Mitchell Wells plated the other.
St. Clairsville 8
Wheeling Central 0
WHEELING - Branden Ducker struck out three in three innings and combined with Tyler Blomquist (one strikeout, one walk) on a three-hit shutout as St. Clairsville topped Wheeling Central (7-10).
Lewis Mitchell plated a pair of Red Devils run with a single, while Ryan Busby and Cody Goletz drove in one each.
Nate Bakaitis doubled for the Maroon Knights.
Oak Glen 16
Union Local 5
MORRISTOWN - Bub Haddox (single, double, triple) and Kyle Woodruff (four singles) had four RBI apiece in support of Alex Shuman as Oak Glen (7-9) roughed up Union Local. Shuman struck out three and earned a victory, while also tripling in a run.
Justin Bailey plated two for the Golden Bears and Michael Campbell had a pair of singles and an RBI.
BEALLSVILLE - Colt Charlton struck out eight in a complete-game effort and also singled twice and drove in four runs as Bridgeport (12-3) blasted Beallsville.
Bailey McGrath and Andrew Hadzima brought three runners home each for the Bulldogs while Brad Pritchett, Jacob Ray, Chance Watson and Pat Britton had an RBI each.
Dalton Secrest doubled for the Blue Devils. John Dietrich and Garrett Brown had two hits each.
BELLAIRE - Bear Cumberlidge spun a three-hitter, striking out five, as Bellaire (9-3) toppled Cameron.
Spencer Badia (single), Hunter Westlake (two doubles) and Wyatt Back (single, double) all had an RBI for the Big Reds. Brendon Ross picked up a pair of singles.
Wyatt Mackey paced the Dragons with a run-scoring single. Logan Routt and Austin Pegg doubled.
Conotton Valley 1
TORONTO - Logan Allen fanned nine while Jarin McIntosh had a homer, double and a single to drive in four runs to lead Toronto (8-7) in a rout of Conotton Valley.
Blaze Glenn, Nate Stewart and Tyler Antinone all plated two runs for the Red Knights. Chez Glenn, Will Newbold and Riley Kiersey had an RBI apiece.
John Marshall 5
WILLIAMSTOWN - Alaina Pauley took care of business at No. 1 singles and then teamed with Natalie Marsh for an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles to lead John Marshall past Williamstown.
Anna Tordella and Samantha Rulong also prevailed in doubles, while Marisa Tordella and Abby Woods won by forfeit.
John Marshall 1
WILLIAMSTOWN - John Marshall fell, but not without another outstanding effort from No. 1 player Hayden Blazer. Blazer knocked off Williamstown's Luke Flanigan, 8-5, to improve to 17-0 on the season.