Bulldogs win one, not done

May 15, 2000|By AL DITZEL

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - While the West Virginia baseball playoffs are double elimination, Martinsburg senior Raymond Snow approached Monday's Region II Section 1 opener against Hedgesville as a one-and-done deal.

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"We didn't want to lose this game and then face the No. 1 team in the state (Jefferson),'' Snow said after Martinsburg edged Hedgesville, 2-1. "We didn't want to go one-and-out.''

Instead, No. 7 Hedgesville will travel to No. 4 Jefferson at 7 tonight. Martinsburg will host Jefferson at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Snow's determination showed in his pitching. He relieved Warren Brown, who said he felt tightness in his throwing shoulder.

Snow came in throwing gas.

"There have been times, a pitch here or there, when Raymond has thrown the ball as hard as he did today,'' Martinsburg coach Dennis Etherington said. "I'm not great philosopher. I don't install great emotion within a player. That comes from him.''


"I was pumped.'' said Snow, who allowed one run in four innings of relief. "I knew my velocity was up. This is the playoffs. You throw as hard as you can for as long as you can.''

Snow struck out five of the first nine batters he faced.

Martinsburg (13-10) took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Mark Ostrowski tripled into right center off Tony Smallwood and Trey Arvon walked. Arvon attempted to steal second base and Hedgesville catcher Brian Hess' throw went into center field allowing Ostrowski to score.

The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning when Ostrowski doubled a one-hopper over the right fielder's head, moved to third on Arvon's sacrifice bunt and scored on C.J. Gainey's blooper into right field.

Hedgesville, which stranded three runners in the first two innings, finally scored in the sixth. Snow, obviously running out of gas, gave up a one-out hit to Matt Schoppert, then, after an error, walked two batters, closing the score to 2-1.

Brown came back in for the seventh and picked up his first save of the season.

"I had Justin Walther warming up,'' Etherington said. "I have a lot of confidence in Justin, but he's a sophomore. Warren's a senior. When he said he could go, I went with him.''

Martinsburg 2, Hedgesville 1



Smallwood and Hess; Brown, Snow (3), Brown (7) and Cummings. WP-Snow (4-3). LP-Smallwood (7-4). S-Brown (1).

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