Sectional Champions

Tygarts Valley downs Notre Dame, 6-5, in title game

The Inter-Mountain photos by Kevin Hostetler A Tygarts Valley Bulldogs batter puts wood on the ball during the team’s exciting 6-5 win over Notre Dame in the Class A Region II Section 1 championship Thursday. The Bulldogs had to beat Notre Dame twice in a row to earn the title.

MILL CREEK — With bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday, Austin Simmons drew a walk to push the game-winning run across the plate and help Tygarts Valley defeat Notre Dame, 6-5, and claim the Class A Region II Section 1 championship.

The Bulldogs will now face East Hardy next week in a best-of-three series for the Regional Championship.

“I’m really proud of these kids,” TVHS coach James Markley said. “The heart they’ve shown this whole week has been absolutely incredible. They could have quit when we were down 5 to 1 and a few breaks didn’t go our way, but they didn’t. We faced a lot of adversity the last couple of days and have just continued to fight for this sectional championship. What a win.”

Hunter Lanham earned the victory on the mound. He went 2 innings in relief, giving up 1 hit and no runs. Logan George started the game and tossed 3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits, while striking out 3 batters and walking 4 others.

Caleb Riggleman also took a turn on the mound, going 2 innings and scattering 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 4 batters.

Freshman Logan George, above, started the game on the mound for Tygarts Valley Thursday, striking out 3 batters. Hunter Lanham earned the win in relief.

Brett Smith led the offense at the plate. He went 3 for 4 with 1 run and 1 RBI. Other top performances included: Austin Lanham, 1 for 4 with a double, 2 RBIs and 1 run scored; Riggleman, 2 for 4 with a double, 1 run and 1 RBI; Rece Wamsley, 1 for 3 with a double, 1 run and 1 walk; Hunter Lanham, 2 for 4; George, 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 walk; Simmons, 1 for 3 with 1 run, 1 walk and 1 RBI; and Garrett Swecker, 2 for 3 with 1 run.

Noah Yokum shouldered the loss for NDHS. He went 1 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 1 batter and walking 2 others. Frazier started the game and went 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered 5 runs on 10 hits and struck out 2 batters.

The Fighting Irish got out of the gate early, taking a 5-1 lead into the fifth inning. The Bulldogs came alive in the bottom of the fifth when Austin Lanham, Riggleman and Smith drove in runs to tie the game 5-5.

TVHS went on to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Yokum walked Simmons with the bases loaded and push the winning run across the plate.

The Bulldogs will now host East Hardy on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the best-of-three series for the Regional Championship. The winner will also advance to the state tournament.

“We are excited to get to play East Hardy,” Markley said. “We know it’s going to be tough. We played them the first two games of the year, so a lot has changed since then. We will start getting ready for them (today).”