MORGANTOWN \u2014 Morgantown High has one of the most productive lineups in West Virginia and it looked like the Mohigans were going to continue to roll up runs during Monday\u2019s sectional tournament opener against Preston.\r\n\r\nBut after scoring five runs in the first two innings, MHS was stymied and scored just one run over the next three innings, thanks in large part to Knights pitcher Ethan Haskiell.\r\n\r\nWhen he exited after allowing a double to Quintin Smith in the sixth inning, the Mohigans offense woke up, scoring five runs in the frame to 10-run the Knights 11-1 to earn the win.\r\n\r\nBut a 6-1 deficit as late as the sixth inning was surprising, considering Preston (6-12) was the low seed in Region I, Section 2, while MHS is ranked No. 3 in Class AAA in the latest MetroNews Power Rankings.\r\n\r\nBut Haskiell\u2019s 3 2\/3 innings kept the Mohigans (24-5) off-balance and kept the Knights in the game.\r\n\r\n\u201cHe was phenomenal and I thought he pitched great,\u201d Preston coach Glen McNew Jr. said of Haskiell. \u201cHe kept them off-balance and that\u2019s what we told all of them to do. (Camden) Barlow threw well but he couldn\u2019t quite find the strike zone, but Ethan came in and did a great job.\u201d\r\n\r\nHaskiell finished with five strike outs and two runs allowed, and when he came into the game trailing 5-0 in the second inning, he knew he just had to throw strikes.\r\n\r\n\u201cJust one pitch at a time, that\u2019s all I was thinking,\u201d Haskiell said. \u201cI had something going, they weren\u2019t hitting it, so I kept doing the same thing.\u201d\r\n\r\nPreston will have a chance to continue its season today at Mylan Park in the double-elimination format. The Knights will face University at 5 p.m., and the loser\u2019s season is finished.\r\n\r\nRegardless of the outcome, McNew is happy with how this year\u2019s gone as the Knights doubled their win total from last season.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe started off 2-1 and then we got a couple key players hurt,\u201d he said. \u201cIt took us maybe 2-3 weeks to figure out where to go from there. Once we did, we started playing a little bit better. For the most part, we\u2019ve hit the ball way better this year, we\u2019ve pitched well, but we don\u2019t have a lot of pitchers, so it kind of restricts what you can do.\r\n\r\n\u201cFor the most part, though, they have definitely gotten better, which is what we wanted to do.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Mohigans will take on Buckhannon-Upshur in the winner\u2019s game at 7 p.m. today after B-U beat UHS 11-5 on Monday. In two previous meetings, MHS beat the Buccaneers 15-2 on March 27 and 10-2 on April 10.\r\n\r\nPrior to the postseason, MHS lost three of its final four games, and the offense seemed to always be out in front of pitches during the last stretch and that continued against the Knights.\r\n\r\nCoach Mark McCarty won\u2019t tell his players to be less aggressive, but they\u2019re struggling against breaking pitches.\r\n\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t know how you can continuously be off-balance the second or third time against the same kid, but we were,\u201d he said. \u201cThis is an aggressive team so that happens at times, but it shouldn\u2019t.\u201d\r\n\r\nColton Matthews was the hottest hitter for the Mohigans, driving in four runs on three hits, including a double and triple. Caleb Taylor socked a home run over the left field fence, while Devon Neal, Ethan Smith, Charlie Kerzak and Gavin Cottle drove in runs.\r\n\r\nCottle earned the win on the mound, allowing one run on four hits in six innings.