BERKELEY SPRINGS —The Grafton High School baseball team headed east to play in the first round of their 2019 sectional tournament. The opponent for GHS would be the Indians of Berkeley Springs.
The Cats would hold a one run lead through the entire game until the bottom of the seventh inning when the Indians would find a way to score two runs with two outs.
With the two runs the Indians would give the Cats a first round loss and put GHS into the loser’s bracket.
The Cats would score their only run in the top of the first when leadoff batter, Dillon Williams, would reach base on a single. He would eventually reach third and then score on an infield groundout by Chase Setler.
The Cats would then play stingy defense through the next six innings before losing on some timely hits by the top of the BSHS line-up.
The Bearcats would record six hits in the contest. The hits were recorded by D. Williams (2), TJ Summers, Garrett Moats, Braeden Nose and Chris Miller. The lone GHS run was scored by D. Williams.
Setler would get the loss on the mound for the Cats as he threw six and two thirds innings allowing two runs on six hits, walked five and struck out nine.
“We knew BSHS was a good team and that we would have to make 21 outs to come out victorious tonight,” said head coach Hartsel keener. “ For 20 outs we out played them in all phases of the game but that last out seemed to be the hardest one to record this evening. Chase (Setler) pitched a great game for us this evening and went the distance on the mound. Offensively we hit the ball well tonight but we couldn’t catch any breaks when we had runners in scoring position but that’s the way baseball goes at times. We had opportunities to blow the game wide open in the third and fourth innings and we just couldn’t capitalize at that time. For seven innings it was two good ball clubs going at one another, we just came up on the short side of the stick this evening,” he added.
The Cats will play an elimination game later this week as they will play either Keyser or Petersburg. The Keyser vs. Petersburg game was cancelled on Monday night due to adverse field conditions.