MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Wheeling Park coach Steve Myers raved about his defense prior to Monday’s Region I series opener at Morgantown, believing that’s the reason the Patriots have gotten this far.

The team proved its coach right, saving several runs with diving stabs to help Wheeling Park hold on to a 3-2 win to take a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-3 series.

“We rely on those guys — they’re heady guys,” Myers said. “Our shortstop and second baseman are kind of interchangeable, and that was a great play Jacob make out there.”

That Jacob was shortstop Jacob Shia, who dived to his right to snare a bullet off the bat of Zach Owens in the bottom of the sixth inning with a runner at third base for the Mohigans. If the ball went through to left field, MHS (27-6) would have plated the tying run. Instead, the Patriots (19-8) ran off the field with high fives and fist pumps.