MORGANTOWN — On the back of a six-run third inning, the Morgantown High baseball team opened its season with a 10-0 victory over cross-town rival University.
Mohigan senior center-fielder and WVU baseball commit Aaron Jamison ended the game with a two-run home run over the right field fence earning his team a mercy-rule win on opening night.
MHS junior Dylan Travinski got the start and threw a gem, going five innings without allowing a run and allowing only one hit. He earned eight strikeouts and only walked one batter.
“Dylan Travinski went out there and really gave us a chance tonight, he really competed,” MHS coach Pat Sherald said. “Nate (Wolfe) came in and did well and threw some strikes for us as well and seeing that early is always a good thing.”
Wolfe entered the game in the top of the sixth inning in relief of Travinski and struck out the side in the process.
“Obviously from a hitting standpoint we had some timely ones and then had that big six-run inning there,” Sherald said. “I told the guys no matter what level of baseball you’re playing at, big innings typically win games for you and we took advantage of opportunities tonight.”
The difference-making sixth began with UHS starting pitcher Gabe Jansen giving first base to MHS’s Caleb Neer on a hit-by-pitch. Jansen would then go on to walk the next four Mohigans to come to bat, giving up two runs as a result and ending his night as Zach Harman came on in relief.
Two more runs scored in the inning after Weston Mazey scored on a wild pitch, just before teammate Drew Bailey singled to center field bringing around Wenkai Campbell for the fourth run of the inning.
Caleb Cottle drew the fifth walk of the inning and was followed by Riley Anderson, who hit a hard ground ball to left field that scored two more runs, extending the MHS lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the third inning.
“I thought our first time through the order we were a little jumpy, which is to be expected of course in the first game of the year,” Sherald said. “But then when we are able to take our walks when we can, that obviously can, and did, lead to a big inning.”
UHS earned its only hit of the game on a single by Jake Croston in the fourth inning.
Cottle added to the MHS lead with a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the fifth that gave the hosts an 8-0 lead.
Then, after catcher Ty Galusky drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the sixth, Jamison stepped up to the plate with the opportunity to end the game. The future Mountaineer took the first-pitch strike looking, before blasting the second to right field that left no doubt in anyone’s mind and ended the game after six innings played.
“That’s a good hitting team (UHS) and a very mature team with 10 seniors,” Sherald said of his opponents. “That middle of the lineup is dangerous and some of the better hitters in the state I’d say. There will be a maturation process this season, we’re just going to put our guys out there and let them develop and show us what they can do.”
Morgantown will return home this evening at 5:30 p.m. against John Marshall. The Hawks will also return to Mylan Park tomorrow for a home game against Wheeling Park.
Morgantown 10, University 0
MHS 006112 – 10 9 2
UHS 000000 – 0 1 0
Mazey 3 1 0 0, Galusky 2 3 2 1, Jamison 3 2 2 3, Fluharty 3 0 0 0, Bailey 3 1 1 1, Cottle 2 1 1 1, Anderson 3 0 1 2, Neer 2 1 1 0, Whanger 2 1 1 0
Campbell 3 0 0 0, Templeton 2 0 0 0, Braham 2 0 0 0, Croston 2 0 1 0, Thomas 2 0 0 0, Latocha 1 0 0 0, Furbee 2 0 0 0, Croyle 2 0 0 0, Edwards 1 0 0 0, Walters 1 0 0 0
HR – MHS: Jamison, Cottle
2B – MHS: Galusky
WP: Travinksi 5.0ip, 1h, 0r, 0er, 1bb, 8k; Wolfe 1.0ip, 0h, 0r, 0er, 0bb, 3k
LP: Jansen 2.0ip 1h 5r 5er 4bb 1k; Harman 3.0ip 7h 3r 3er 1bb 3k; Boyd 0.0ip 1h 2r 2er 1bb
Morgantown 6, University 5
MORGANTOWN — After falling behind 4-0 early in the game, the Mohigans (3-1) found some hot offense in the latter half of the game to earn a come-from-behind victory 6-5 over University on Tuesday night at Mylan Park.
MHS scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score at four apiece.
The Hawks then swung back with a go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice play to take the lead 5-4 in the top of the seventh inning.
A sacrifice fly by MHS’s Grace Robinson scored the game-tying run to knot the game at five. Next, Beth Robinson stepped to the plate and sent the ball in the air over the head of the UHS center fielder that hit off the wall. Paige Rhodes scored on the play to give MHS a walk-off victory over rival University.
Beth Robinson led MHS with two hits and two RBI. Grace Robinson and Emily Peterson both had two hits with an RBI and a run scored. Micah Wilson got the win in the circle, pitching all seven innings with five runs allowed and eight strikeouts.
Olivia Masoner led the Hawks with two hits, one a double. Sophia Lehosit took the loss allowing five runs in 1 1/3 innings.