Wildcats edge Moorefield in wild PVC tilt
By Joey Kittle
MOOREFIELD – Tim Hevener’s two-run triple in the 10th inning helped Pendleton County edge Moorefield 9-8 in 10 innings Tuesday night in a wild PVC contest.
Jesse Lambert – one of four pitchers used by the Wildcats – worked out of jams in the seventh and ninth innings to preserve the win.
The Yellow Jackets, who had overcome an early 6-0 deficit to tie the game at 7-7, had runners on first and second with no outs in the ninth before Lambert used a pair of fielder’s choice outs and a flyout to end the threat.
After Hevener’s three-bagger gave the Wildcats a two-run cushion, Moorefield cut the deficit to 9-8 in the bottom of the 10th when Dakota Vetter led off with a triple and then scored on Will Schoonover’s double.
After Schoonover was tagged out in a rundown for the first out, Lambert was able to escape with no further damage.
“It was definitely a crazy game,” Wildcats coach Sam Yokum said. “I felt pretty good about our chances when we built the big lead, but Moorefield battled back.
“Our kids did a nice job of coming through on defense, especially late in the game.”
Lambert went the final four innings, allowing just one run on four hits to earn the win. He had two strikeouts. Luke Yokum, Hevener and Logan Cooper also saw time on the mound.
Jestin Cosner took the loss, allowing two runs on one hit in three innings and fanning two.
Yokum was 4 for 5 with a double and a RBI for the winners, while Hevner was 2 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs, Lambert added a two-run double and Andrew Thompson a two-run single.
Tyler Smith was 2 for 6, Seth Stickley 2 for 5 with a triple and double and Austin Williams 2 for 5 for Moorefield.
Pendleton County (5-2, 3-0 PVC will visit Pocahontas County at 4:30 p.m. today for another PVC contest, while Moorefield is slated to visit Martinsburg at 7 p.m.