Bridgeport to play for ‘AA’ title

CHARLESTON – Tyler Skidmore’s strong effort on the mound, along with good defense, helped Bridgeport advance to the Class AA championship game with a 3-1 win over Chapmanville Friday at Appalachian Park.

Skidmore went the distance, allowing six hits and fanning eight.

He was backed by his defense, as the Indians’ A.C. Caldera threw out a runner at the plate and Anthony Bonamico made a diving catch to help avert a Tiger rally in the seventh.

Chapmanville, which ended the season 29-7, had a runner at first in the final inning before Bonamico’s key catch led to the second out. Skidmore then fanned the final batter to end the game.

The Indians built a 2-0 lead, taking advantage of a throwing error to plate a run in the third, while a passed ball allowed Zach Hineman, who had tripled, to race home in the fifth.

Brock Dalton had an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth for the Tigers.

The Indians tacked on a key insurance run in the sixth on Bonamico’s run-producing single.

Trey Dalton took the loss, surrendering six hits, fanning five and walking four in six innings of work.

Bridgeport will face Independence, which defeated Fairmont Senior 11-6 in?Friday night’s other semifinal, at 4 p.m. today in the title game.

Class AAA

Riverside …….. 3

Wheeling Park 2

Trevor Smith’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh lifted Riverside to a 3-2 victory over Wheeling Park Friday in Class AAA semifinal action.

Riverside (20-10) will battle Hurricane (28-7) at 1 p.m. today in the championship game.

The Warriors trailed 1-0 before taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a balk and Brady Wilkinson’s sacrifice fly.

Nathan Hardman’s run-producing single in the seventh then tied the game for the Patriots.

Cameron Norris earned the win, going all seven innings, allowing four hits and fanning 10.

Michael Grove was tagged with the loss, as he allowed six hits and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings.

Hurricane 3

Washington 1

J.T. Rogoszewski twirled a four-hitter to lead Hurricane to a 3-1 win over Washington Friday in Class AAA semifinal play.

Rogoszewski struck out three and walked four.

Jared Silva took the loss for the Patriots, allowing two runs on four hits in five innings of work.

Tate Brock’s RBI single in the bottom of the third gave the Redskins the lead for good at 2-1.