Pendleton County falls to Notre Dame in regional title game

CLARKSBURG – Four runs in the sixth inning Wednesday helped Notre Dame topple Pendleton County, 6-0, to claim the Class A, Region II title.

“It’s unfortunate that the score is no indication at all of the type of game it was,” Wildcats coach Sam Yokum said. “We missed a great opportunity in the fourth inning. We had the bases loaded with no outs and we hit into a line-drive double play.

“We also made a few mistakes. We had three errors and base running hurt us. It wasn’t that we didn’t hit the ball, we did,” Yokum added. “We just didn’t have the timely hits, and we didn’t do some of the things we needed to do.”

The Irish capitalized on a four-run rally in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. Sophomore Jordan Miller connected for an RBI-single, then Anthony Belcastro followed up with a two-run double. The Wildcats also committed three errors in the inning.

Miller pitched a complete game to earn the victory. He gave up seven hits and struck out four batters.

Luke Yokum gave up two runs in three innings to notch the loss. Cody Lambert came on in relief to pitch 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits.

Sophomore Tim Hevener paced the Pendleton offense with two hits. Luke Yokum, Jesse Lambert, Cody Lambert, Luke Cooper and Evan Arrington had one hit each.

Pendleton County finished the season with a record of 23-10. Notre Dame moves on to play in the West Virginia State High School Baseball Tournament.