Mazey’s 16-pitch at bat turns momentum for Morgantown in 2-1 sectional-clinching win over Wheeling Park

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning in their Class AAA Region I, Section 1 championship game against Wheeling Park, Morgantown needed a spark to get their offense going against Park’s starting pitcher, Nate Simon.

Junior shortstop Weston Mazey provided that lift to spark a two-run inning as the Mohigans clinched a spot in the regional round with a 2-1 win over the Patriots.

After Caleb Nutter led off the fifth inning with a single, Mazey grinded through a 16-pitch at bat that ended when he was hit by a pitch.

“I should have bunted the first pitch but I popped it up,” Mazey said. “Once you get to two strikes, you have to use it all and take away everything. I think it is pretty hard to hit fastballs in with two strikes. That’s what I was getting so I just kept fighting them off.”

“That was a game-changing at bat for us. That’s a 16-pitch at bat and I have never seen a 16-pitch at bat. The most I had ever seen is Jedd Gyorko starting a game off with 15,” said Morgantown head coach Pat Sherald.

“For him to get in there and be resilient, not give in and constantly keep competing because obviously today runs were scarce. To have that quality of an at bat was huge for us.”

After 77 pitches, Simon was replaced on the mound by Ryland Robb.

With the bases loaded and one out, Dylan Travinski tied the game with a two-strike, run-scoring single to score Jonathon Shrewsbury.

“He has been our guy in the batters box all year,” Sherald said. “He is the hitter you want to see come up in that situation. We work a lot on our two-strike approach. As a senior, he just got in there and gutted out that at bat for us.”

Two batters later, Eli Boggs worked out a walk with the bases still loaded. Mazey scored what proved to be the game-winning run.

Staked to a one-run lead, Tristan Milik put two more scoreless frames on the scoreboard for MHS. He went the distance on the mound, allowing six hits while striking out seven batters.

“He went out there and took command of the game,” Sherald said. “He has really matured as a pitcher for us. This season, every game he seems to be getting a little stronger and a little stronger for us. It is exciting to see him peak at this time of year for us.”

Morgantown allowed just one run in their three sectional games.

“They did their job,” Milik said. “Now it is my turn to go out and do my job.”

Nutter, Mason Bowers and Nate Wolfe each had two hits for MHS (25-7).

Wheeling Park’s season ends with a 17-14 record. Braydon Kupsky had two hits for the Patriots.

“Hats off to their coaching staff and their team,” Sherald said. “They had a great season. Their pitcher, Simon went out there and really competed for them. In the end, we were able to score one more run.”

Morgantown will face Bridgeport in the Class AAA Region I best-of-three series, starting on May 20.





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