Philip Barbour splits pair in tourney play

CLARKSBURG – Liberty rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, erasing a four-run Philip Barbour lead, and then held on to win 8-6 Monday to open the Class AA sectional baseball tournament.

Jaylen Bartley and Jonathan Kreyenbuhl both singled, followed by a walk to Cody Huffman to load the bases at the start of the inning and chase Philip Barbour starter Chance Price. A Ryan Gillespie single greeted reliever Doug Smith to score one run, and that was followed by run-producing hits from Dylan Gain, Ty Noss and Bryan Van Norman to give the Mountaineers a 6-5 lead.

A wild pitch allowed Van Norman to cross the plate, and Bartley singled for the second time in the sixth inning to bring in the final run of the inning.

Philip Barbour, 11-15, tried to come back in its final at-bat as Jacob Marsh drew a lead-off walk off of Gain. With one out, Quentin Mouser drew a walk, followed by a Saige Cline single. With two outs, Bryant Martin slapped a single into center field, scoring Mouser. But Bartley threw out Cline trying to go to third to end the ball game.

Smith was tagged with the loss for the Colts, giving up three hits and three runs in just one-third of an inning. Price had cruised through the first five innings for Philip Barbour, allowing just one run on six hits. He fanned eight Mountaineer batters.

Ty Wickline picked up the win for Liberty, relieving starter Josh Davis in the sixth. Wickline allowed one run on one hit. Davis tossed the first five innings for the Mountaineers, 10-17, surrendering six hits and allowing four runs while striking out six.

The game was not without incident, however, as three Liberty pitchers combined to hit four Colt batters. Philip Barbour saw a run erased from the scoreboard when one of its baserunners crashed into the Liberty catcher on a play at the plate, resulting in the play being ruled instead as an out.

The Colts had quickly jumped to a 2-0 lead to start the game, as Tyler Schiefelbein drove home a run with a single and Jacob Marsh brought home Smith with a ground-out.

Liberty scored a single run in its opening at-bat, as Noss scored on Davis’ opposite field single.

The lead was stretched to three in the third when Price was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Smith reached on an infield single. Both runners scored on Marsh’s single into center field.

Philip Barbour scored its fifth run in the sixth inning when Martin was hit by a pitch and later scored on Price’s double.

Price, Cline and Martin each had two hits to lead the Colts’ attack. Bartley had three hits to lead the Mountaineers.

Philip Barbour will take on Grafton, 6-16, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Philip Barbour in an elimination game. The winner of the game will meet Liberty in Clarksburg at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Philip Barbour 9, Grafton 2

CLARKSBURG – Tyler Schiefelbein limited Grafton to just three hits over six innings to lead Philip Barbour to a 9-2 victory Monday to open the sectional baseball tournament.

He helped his own cause by driving in two runs and scoring another. Schiefelbein was touched for two runs, both scoring on errors. He struck out two and walked three. Doug Smith closed out the game by pitching a perfect seventh.

Grafton scored one run to open the game, taking advantage of two Philip Barbour errors. But the Colts quickly knotted the game in their initial at-bat as Al Johnson raced home on Schiefelbein’s infield groundout.

Philip Barbour began to methodically build on its margin in the next three innings, tallying single runs in each frame. Zach Howdershelt walked and later scored on a Grafton error in the second. Schiefelbein doubled to lead off the third, later scoring on Quentin Mouser’s single. Johnson drew a one-out walk and scored on Schiefelbein’s sacrifice fly to left field.

After Grafton added a run in the fifth, the Colts broke the game open in their half of the inning, scoring four runs on consecutive hits by Mouser, Saige Cline, Bryant Martin and Johnson, which was followed by back-to-back sacrifice fly outs by Chance Price and Smith. Philip Barbour closed out the scoring in the sixth, as Cline stroked a two-out double and scored on Martin’s single.