By Carl Holcomb –
The 2013 edition of the Hardy County Hardball Classic last Friday in Moorefield featured a familiar sight for Yellow Jacket fans with a 5-4 walk-off victory over East Hardy and a dog pile of fun.
The Cougars were left wondering what happened, after errors clouded the field.
“Resiliency. They had more of it than we did. We’ve got to find more of it. We beat ourselves with errors. We’ll get better hopefully. It doesn’t matter. We’re going to play them three more times down the road. One time isn’t going to hurt you, they still have to beat
us three times,” East Hardy Coach Raymond Snapp remarked.
The starting pitchers were Jared Kite for Moorefield (12-4) and Tyler Mongold for East Hardy (9-6).
The first to score in the contest was the Cougars with Korey Foltz getting a leadoff single and stolen base.
After a strikeout, Mongold hit a single with the ball arriving back to Kite, but the throw to first was late.
A throw from catcher Wil Schoonover in a pickoff attempt at second base went awry and Foltz came home.
Kite notched three strikeouts in the first inning to quiet the Cougars from getting anything else.
Adam Snyder hit a leadoff single for Moorefield and that was followed by a double hit into right field by DaShawn Brown.
Garrett Keller stepped up and smacked an RBI single to knot the game at 1-all.
After a strikeout, Mikey Pultz hit a sacrifice fly to center field where Shawn Skovron caught it, threw home with catcher Wyatt Basye waiting in front of the plate who had the wherewithal to throw Keller out at third base to complete the double play.
Moorefield carried its 2-1 lead into the third inning.
Snyder led with another single as the ball ricocheted past Bryce Strawderman.
After two straight outs and a stolen base where Snyder made a Matrix-style move to get around a tag, Lance Taylor hit a tall pop-up and it came down off the glove of Mongold and Snyder scored in the process with his speed around the bases to extend the lead to 3-1.
Mongold shook off that defensive mistake and hit a single to leadoff the Cougars’ fourth inning.
Brady Hinkle followed with an RBI double to slice the deficit to 3-2, but Kite pitched out of trouble with two strikeouts and a flyout.
Mongold pitched two straight strikeouts in the bottom half before allowing a walk to Dakota Vetter.
Austin Williams hit a grounder which was collected by Foltz with a dive and turn while sitting, throwing to Justin Basye for the out at first.
East Hardy tied the contest in the fifth inning…