Montague & Nutter each drive in four runs as Morgantown rallies past University, 8-6

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It took nearly six innings for Morgantown to gain the advantage on the scoreboard against their crosstown rivals from University Wednesday afternoon at Dale Miller Field. One big swing of the bat from senior Caleb Nutter gave the Mohigans a lead they would not relinquish in an 8-6 victory.

Trailing 6-4 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, MHS saw their first two batters in the inning get retired before they worked out three consecutive walks to load the bases. Nutter ripped a double off the wall in right field on the first pitch of the at bat to score Mason Bowers, Koa Silvers and Weston Mazey. Morgantown took a 7-6 lead.

“We had the conversation, ‘Hey, you are going to get a pitch to hit here. Get in there, be confident and drive the baseball’. That’s exactly what he did,” said Morgantown head coach Pat Sherald. “He’s a senior. I wouldn’t want another guy in that spot. I am really proud and happy for him to get that big hit for us.”

The Mohigans added another run in the sixth on a run-scoring single from Tommy Montague.

University scored three runs in the top of the first before Montague hit an opposite-field three-run home run to even the score at 3.

“It was huge. It changed the complexion of the game and evened it up,” Sherald said.

Junior Judd Messerly earned the win in relief for Morgantown. He pitched two innings and allowed just an unearned run.

“You have to give it to Judd Messerly. He got his first win today. Maddox Bowers went out and really battled for us. Dylan Travinski came in and closed the door for us. So I am really proud of our pitching staff.”

Both teams are now 4-2. University is the defending Class AAA Region I champion.

“It is a big win for us. We didn’t schedule easy. We have one of the toughest schedules. We took them on the road against some of the better teams in the state. Obviously, that’s a very, very good team over there. I am proud of the way our boys have competed to this point in the season.”

Montague and Nutter each collected four RBI for the Mohigans. Silvers and Mazey each scored a pair of runs. Mazey walked three times.

Wenkai Campbell went 3-for-4 and he drove in a pair of runs for University. Max Cash also had two runs batted in for the Hawks.

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