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Staying alive: Weir wins another elimination game | News, Sports, Jobs

Staying alive: Weir wins another elimination game | News, Sports, Jobs

AHEAD OF THE TAG — Weir High’s Teddy Glyptis crosses home plate before being tagged by North Marion catcher Rylan Craig during Friday’s sectional game at Weir High School. – Andrew Grimm

WEIRTON — Survive and advance is the name of the game in the postseason, especially in the loser’s bracket.

The Weir baseball team faced elimination for the second straight day, and for the second straight day the Red Riders responded to fight another day.

Weir – the No. 3 seed – built a 5-0 advantage and the Red Riders recorded the final five runs of the game en route to aa 10-4 victory against No. 4 seed North Marion in a West Virginia Class AA Region 1 Section 1 elimination game Friday evening at home.

“We got on them early,” Weir (13-15) head coach Dave Cowden said. “The pitching rules limited what we could do. Lucas battled. Cayden Braswell battled. He was not 100 percent, so we had to take him out. We brought in a freshman – Evan Kaczmarek to finish the game.

“We hit the ball well. We put the ball in play. We were aggressive on the bases. We put pressure on the defense.

“We played a freshman catcher – Nick DeMattis. It was his first varsity game in an elimination game. He did a heck of a job for us behind the plate.”

With the win, Weir will now play East Fairmont at 11:30 today on the road.

The Red Riders plated three runs in the first and two more in the fifth to build a 5-0 advantage. The Huskies responded with four runs in the fourth to make it a one-run game. The Red and Black answered right back with a pair of runs in the home half of the third to take a 7-4 lead.

“It was important to answer right back,” Cowden said. “I expressed that to them. I told them we had to get right back on them. We had to put the pressure back on them, and we were able to score some runs.

“We scored some runs. It is never enough. We left a lot of guys on base, but we were able to score when we needed to. We were able to get the job done.”

The hosts used three pitchers in the game.

Lucas McAllister started, and he picked up the win. McAllister struck out one and walked six in 2 2/3 innings of work on the mound. He was replaced by Braswell with two outs in the third. Braswell pitched the next 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four. Kaczmarek pitched the final two innings. He struck out one and walked three.

After defeating Oak Glen, 11-1, in five innings Thursday, Cowden said he had a pitching plan for the game against North Marion, and the plan ended up working out for his team.

“Those were the three guys we planned on using,” Cowden said. “We have Zanieski and Cook for East Fairmont. Anything can happen in a baseball game.

“We are going to take it one game at a time. Survive and advance.”

The Red Riders collected 10 hits – three of which went for extra bases – in the win.

Individually, Teddy Glyptis and Braswell each tallied a single, a double and an RBI, McAllister delivered two singles and three RBI and Alex Zanieski added a single and two RBI. Also, Damir Mowder produced a single and an RBI, Trae Cook contributed two RBI and Liam Williamson doubled. Finally, Nico Glass finished with a single.

The visitors from Marion County (8-14) tallied four hits. The Huskies committed two errors in the loss.

“We had our backs against the wall, and we came out fighting,” Cowden said. “We were without G Cross again. He’s the leader of our team. Our kids battled. They don’t want their season to end.”

Weir 10, North Marion 4

North Marion 004 000 0 – 4 4 2

Weir 322 030 X – 10 10 0

WEIR (13-15): L. McAllister WP (2 2/3IP, 1K, 6BB), Braswell (2 1/3IP, 4K, 4BB), Kaczmarek (2IP, 1K, 3BB) and DiMatteis. Braswell S, D, RBI; Glyptis S, D, RBI; McAllister 2S, 3RBI; Cook 2RBI; Zanieski S, 2RBI; Mowder S, RBI; Glass S; Williamson D

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