CLARKSBURG - Liberty's Matt Mason limited Lewis County to five hits in a complete game 14-3 victory here Wednesday in a Big 10 Conference baseball game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.
Lewis County, 6-5, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening inning after Thomayder singled and came home on a Nick Minutelli double to center field. But Liberty, 4-6, exploded for four runs in its half of the first, capped by a popped up bunt on a squeeze play that went over the charging infielders' head and plated two runs.
Liberty added another nine runs in the second, sending 14 batters to the plate. Dylan Gain slapped a two-run single in the inning, and he scored two runs himself to lead the attack.
The Mountaineers took advantage of the wildness of the Lewis County pitchers, who combined to walk six batters and hit four others with pitches in the first two innings.
Lewis County added a run in the second, as Jared Lamb singled and came around later to score on an error. Snyder closed out Lewis County's scoring in the third by driving in Skylar Carlton, who had led off the inning with a base hit and moved to third on an outfield error.
Drew Gandee singled to left in the fifth for the final Minutemen's hit.
Mason struck out two and walked just one for Liberty. Carlton suffered the loss for Lewis County, pitching 1 1/3 innings and giving up four hits, nine runs and walking five. He struck out two batters.
Liberty was led by Gain, who had two hits and scored three runs, and Chase Alonso, who had two hits and scored two runs.
Lewis County returns to action at 7 p.m. today, hosting conference rival Bridgeport.
Liberty returns to the field at 4:30 p.m. on Friday when it hosts Shady Spring in a non-conference game.
Pendleton County 0
MOOREFIELD -Jared Kite's complete-game shutout helped lead Moorefield to 10-0 win over Pendleton County Wednesday in Potomac Valley Conference action.
Kite surrendered just two hits and struck out seven for the Yellow Jackets (8-4).
Lance Taylor had two hits and three RBIs to power Moorefield at the plate.
Daniel Hevener took the loss for the Wildcats (8-8) in four innings pitched.
Logan Propst and Dustin Redman had the lone hits for Pendleton County.
The Wildcats visit Tucker County on Friday for another conference contest.
Moorefield travels to East Hardy the same day.