BERKLEY SPRINGS- The Grafton High School baseball team finished their 2019 season this past weekend as they finished third in Class AA Region I Section I. Grafton defeated the number two seed Philip Barbour Colts in Philippi the night before playing the Indians of Berkeley Springs the following morning.
The Bearcats traveled down US 119 this past Friday night to take on the Colts in an elimination game. Junior Braeden Nose got the nod to be the starting pitcher for Coach Hartsel Keener and the Bearcats and he didn’t disappoint the team. The Bearcats came alive in the top of the first with lead off singles by Dillon Williams and T.J. Summers. Andrew Gallo came in a courtesy runner for Williams. Garrett Moats would hit Gallo in for the first run of the game. Summers would come in with an RBI single by Nose. Moats would be the last run scored in the inning with a sacrifice fly by Garrett Moats. After one inning, Grafton was up 3-0.
Grafton’s small ball offense wouldn’t stop in the second inning with a lead off single by Noah Hodges. Hodges would cross home plate with an RBI groundout by Summers. D. Williams would help set up this run by a SAC bunt before Summers came up to the plate. Grafton would lead 4-0 after two innings.
Grafton would score another run in the third inning with a RBI single by G. Williams that would bring in Devin Vanscoy who reached base on a walk. Grafton would lead 5-0 after three innings.
Nose would throw lights out for the Bearcats in this win or go home game. Nose would give up four hits, two walks, and one strikeout in his four innings he pitched for the Bearcats. Chris Miller would come in to pitch in relief to secure this win.
The Bearcats would get three more hits from a single by Nose, G. Williams, and Summers from innings five through seven. The Colts would score a run in the fifth and seventh, but it wasn’t enough for the Colts advance in the sectional tournament. The Cats would defeat the Colts with the final score of 5-2.
The Bearcats would make the two hours and ten-minute drive to Berkeley Springs to face off the Indians with the first pitch starting at ten in the morning. The Cats were coming in hot after defeating Petersburg and Philip Barbour the previous evenings. The Indians were coming off a loss to the Frankfort Falcons. Chase Setler was the starting pitcher for the Bearcats for this matchup.
The Bearcats would start the game with the first run once again in this game with a RBI single by Setler that brought in Gallo which he was the courtesy runner again for D. Williams. D. Williams would lead the game off with a single. The Indians would respond with a run of their own to tie the game 1-1 after one inning.
In the third inning, Grafton would score two runs to reclaim the lead. It would start with back to back singles by Summers and Moats and Setler would hit a triple to collect two more RBIs for himself. The Indians would score one run to help them cut the lead down to one run by the Bearcats after the third inning.
Hodges would hit a single in the fourth inning, but he would be left on base. Berkeley Springs would score a run to tie the game after four making the score now 3-3.
Grafton would go three up and three down in the top of the fifth inning, but the Indians would run away with the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Berkeley Springs secured the win in the sixth inning by scoring two more runs to make the score 8-3.
Grafton would go on to lose to the Indians with the final score of 8-3 to end their magical run in the sectional tournament. Grafton would finish with the record of 10-19.