Bearcats fall to RCB, 2-1, after leading for six innings

Bearcat pitcher Dustin Keener manned the mound for six innings against RCB, allowing six hits, walking four and handing out four strike outs.

CLARKSBURG— The Grafton High School Bearcats (GHS) would travel to Frank Loria Field last Tuesday, entering a match up with the Robert C. Byrd (RCB) Eagles.

Unfortunately, the Bearcats would drop a heartbreaker in a low scoring, defensive battle with a final of 2-1. 

Grafton moved at a slow and methodical pace during this game, as starter Dustin Keener would take the mound for GHS. 

Keener would go on to lead the Bearcats with six innings of work, allowing six total hits, four walks and four K’s on the evening. 

Leading off the game, sophomore Isaac Lough would double to left and would swipe third on the ensuing play to have Tanner Moats hit an RBI grounder to bring him home for the Bearcats only run of the contest. 

Defense was key for both sides as the game progressed with both teams not willing to cede an inch. The contest drug on all the way to the seventh and final inning with GHS still in command with a 1-0 lead. 

The last inning would start with Rylan Rock, the pitcher for RCB, getting hit by Keener, which granted him a pardon to reach first base. 

He was quickly subbed out for speedster Anthony Corsini, who was then quickly sent to second base by a single from Bryce Byrd. 

Both runners would quickly steal the next set of bases to put them in scoring position, which would bring up the leadoff hitter Evan Warne, who would get deep into the count and finally connect with a walk off double to left scoring both Corsini and Byrd to take the game with a 2-1 final score.   

“This is what happens in high school baseball,” commented head coach Bartsel Keener. “The more that you get around the order, the more that they’re going to put the ball in play and get a hit and Evan did just that. Kudos to him. It was a good at bat.”

The Bearcats will be in action again this week, as they travel to face Lincoln. 

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