Post 15 one-hits Power
PARKERSBURG – From a pitcher’s perspective, there’s nothing wrong with being a one-hit wonder.
A double to the second batter in the top of the first inning turned out to be the only hit allowed by Jacob Braniff as Parkersburg Post 15 defeated West Virginia Power 11-1 in five innings in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Braniff hit two batters, but after the second one got plunked he retired 10 in a row to cap off his complete-game victory and improve his legion record to 3-0.
Five Post 15 players delivered multi-hit games as part of a 14-hit attack. Lead-off hitter Case Edgar led the way with three hits and a walk in four plate appearances. The former Williamstown product also knocked in the two runs with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth inning which brought the mercy-rule into effect.
Post 15 actually trailed 1-0. In the first inning, Dominic Marsico was hit by a pitch and Taylor Fisher followed with a double.
“I left a curve ball hanging (on that double),” Braniff said.
Following a walk to Zack Gunther, Braniff escaped trouble for the moment when Alex Bobinger flied out to shallow right field. The bases remained loaded for Sean Craze, who popped out to the second baseman backpedalling into right field. However, the second baseman’s wild throw to the catcher allowed Marsico to race home for his team’s only run.
West Virginia Power threatened again in the second inning when Braniff walked a batter and hit another with two outs. Marsico, though, hit a routine fly ball to center field for the third out. West Virginia Power did not put another runner on base.
After being limited to one run in the first two innings, Post 15 finally broke through against Bobinger for six runs in the third inning. A total of 10 batters came to the plate, including Braxton Johnson who delivered an RBI double.
“As a pitcher, those runs make you really comfortable,” Braniff said.
Jordan Braniff’s RBI single in the fourth inning pushed the Post 15 advantage to 8-1 as Bobinger failed to reach the fifth inning. Instead, West Virginia Power turned to Robbie Mounts and the reliever failed to record an out while giving up a stand-up triple to Jacob Wilcox, and a stand-up double to Lucas Goodwin, which led to one run.
Mixed in there was a walk to Hunter Hamilton, so the only task left for Edgar was to bring home two runners. He obliged as he poked a single to right field.
Devon Crews, Jordan Braniff, Wilcox and Goodwin added two hits for Post 15.