SOUTH WESTON - Logan Moneypenny and Nate Kemper combined for a strong pitching outing, while Ethan Wislon led the Weston Post 4 offense to an entertaining 7-5 league win over visiting Braxton County Post 33 Wednesday night.
Braxton's Carl Bennington also pitched well, going the distance and giving up only four earned runs in the quality start. The contest remained scoreless for much of the early going as Bennington and Moneypenny dueled, with Moneypenny actually carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
Wilson opened the scoring in the home fourth for Post 4, blasting a two-run home run. Braxton countered quickly in the top of the fifth, getting RBI's from Luke Demarino, Dan Gilbert, and Bennington. Weston would regain the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on a Braxton error, and Kemper laying down a squeeze bunt to score Elijah Hull with the go-ahead tally.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Blankenship
Elkins’ Corey DeVall looks to deliver a pitch Wednesday in American Legion action at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Post 29 won the contest, 20-9.
Weston would add two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh on RBI's from Wilson and Nick Minutelli. For the night Wilson was three-for-four with three RBI's. Minutelli also produced a three-for-four evening.
Kemper pitched the final four innings to earn the win, allowing only one run and two hits while striking out four. Although not involved in the decision, Moneypenny struck out six in five innings of work.
"This was a very good game between two good teams, and a very good league win for us," Weston coach Steve Gandee said. "We now have a three-game winning streak, and the kids have been able to find ways to win during this stretch."
Post 4 is now 9-8 overall. They return to action this Saturday with a pair of league games agains Elkins Post 29 at West Virginia Wesleyan College.