WHEELING \u2014 There are days on the diamond when a team must find a way to score runs where the clutch hits aren\u2019t falling.\r\nWheeling Park did just that April 21, as it rallied from two runs down for a 3-2 walk-off victory over University in an OVAC 5A semifinal, at Patriot Field. The Patriots will play Parkersburg South, a 1-0 winner against Morgantown, for the championship next weekend.\r\nIn four-straight innings, the Patriots got their leadoff hitter on base but runs just weren\u2019t coming. That was until Park coach Mike McLeod went to the hit-and-run.\r\nPark tied the game and scored the game-winning run on hit-and-run plays, a strategy that McLeod says comes from just believing in his players.\r\n\u201cYou have to instill the trust in your players,\u201d McLeod said. \u201cWhen you get to these big games where the teams are equal, you have to do some things that you normally wouldn\u2019t do to get over the hump.\u201d\r\n\r\nAs Park trailed 2-0 entering the fifth, its first three hitters reached base to cut the deficit in half. Then, Nolan Mattern took off for second and Zach Kahle delivered a perfectly placed RBI single to right to knot the score at 2-2.\r\nKahle did his damage on the basepaths in the seventh as he reached on an error with two outs and hustled to second on the play. He continued to use his speed as he darted toward third as teammate Jacob Shia sent a grounder to UHS shortstop Casey Smith, who fielded the ball but sent an errant throw to first, allowing Kahle to race home with the game-winning run.\r\n\u201cWe have a great team and a great coach,\u201d Kahle said. \u201cWe were just thinking that the pitcher was tired and he is not giving us any attention on the bases, so, let\u2019s take every base we can until we get a run to win the game. Then, Shia had a perfect hit and the error got me home. That was a big play.\u201d\r\nThe hit-and-run might have served as a distraction on the play but Shia\u2019s hustle down the line also caused Smith to hurry the throw.\r\n\r\nOn the mound, the tandem of starter Zach Hickman and Trevor Thomas did their part to keep a potent Hawks lineup at bay.\r\nHickman surrendered a run in each of the first two innings but that was it, as he worked his way out of trouble with five strikeouts to leave seven Hawks\u2019 runners stranded on base.\r\nThomas finished the game and picked up the win with two punch outs in two innings.\r\n\r\nHawks\u2019 pitcher Cam Stoldt was sharp on the hill as he went the distance with a strikeout and a walk but was done in by four errors behind him.\r\n\u201cCam threw a hell of a game,\u201d UHS head coach Donavon Riggleman said. \u201cUnfortunately, our defense didn\u2019t come through for him. That\u2019s what it boiled down to. The game should have been 2-0. Not to mention that we left seven runners on base in the first four innings. We just had no quality at-bats.\r\n\u201cYou have to pitch, throw, catch and hit but we didn\u2019t do them all [Saturday].\u201d\r\nTrevor Barnhart and Stoldt each supplied RBI hits for the Hawks in the first two stanzas to secure the early 2-0 edge.\r\nThe first Park run came on a throwing error that sent Ryan Hummel home.\r\nThe Park victory avenged an earlier season 13-7 loss at home to UHS, leaving the Patriots hungry for a win.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt is always nice to beat a program like that in your region,\u201d McLeod said. \u201cWe talked about them punching us in the mouth the last time we played them so it\u2019s always nice to get a victory against a top-notch program in the state.\u201d\r\n<strong>Softball<\/strong>\r\nClay-Battelle 2\r\nMadonna 0\r\n\r\nMadonna 12\r\nClay-Battelle 2\r\nBLACKSVILLE \u2014 Cee-Bees pitcher Caitlyn Kassay was dominant in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, but ran out of gas in the second game.\r\nKassay pitched seven scoreless innings in Game 1, allowing just one hit. Abbey Ammons and Alicia Keener drove in the two C-B runs.\r\nIn Game 2, Kassay pitched the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the third. Madonna scored five runs in the third and seven in the fourth.\r\nKassay and Sydney Wilson drove in the two C-B runs.\r\nThe Cee-Bees (14-2) will host Doddridge County at 5 p.m. April 24.\r\n\r\n<strong>Girls\u2019 lacrosse<\/strong>\r\nUniversity 11\r\nSpring Mills 3\r\nThe Hawks were led by three goals and two assists from Mallory Napolillo on Saturday, against the Cardinals.\r\nOther scorers for UHS include Jordyn Snider (2), Sophie Armstrong (2), Mackenzie Slavensky, Ava Foreman, Morgan Crocco and Olivia Wills. Slavensky also had an assist.\r\nGoalie Riley Phares had 15 saves for the Hawks.\r\n\r\n<strong>Boys\u2019 lacrosse<\/strong>\r\nSpring Mills 7\r\nPreston 5\r\nKINGWOOD \u2014 Tied for most of the third period, the Knights fell to the Cardinals with a late goal in the frame.\r\nJaron Summers had two goals and one assist for PHS, while Dakota Holt had one goal and one assist, and David Reckart and Montgomery Rebelo had one goal. It was the first goal of Rebelo\u2019s career.\r\n\r\nJeremy Hovatter had 15 saves.\r\nThe Knights were set to play Huntington, but the Highlanders were forced to forfeit because of a lack of players. PHS (5-6, 4-2) will take on Harrison County at Robert C. Byrd at 7 p.m. April 24.\r\n\r\nGeorge Washington 16\r\nMorgantown 6\r\nCHARLESTON \u2014 The Mohigans (7-3) fell on the road Friday night.\r\n\r\nMHS goal-scorers included Cody Calvert (2), Hazen Powell (2), Daniel Stanton and Nate Goldcamp. Assists were gathered by Nate Goldcamp, Nate Fielding and Gabe Thomas. Goalie Daniel Pastilong had eight saves.\r\nThe Mohigans will host Fairmont Senior at 7 p.m. April 23.\r\n\r\n<strong>JV girls\u2019 lacrosse<\/strong>\r\nUniversity 11, Spring Mills 5: The Hawks were led by three goals each from Sela Chico and Chasity Louk. Alex Lang (2), Emily McCabe, Sophie Valachovic and Olivia Staud also scored for UHS.