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Weather leaves Eagles, Cougars partly finished

May 22, 2004|By DAN KAUFFMAN

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - For the third time this week, thunderstorms put a halt to the West Virginia Region II, Section 4 baseball playoffs Friday night.

Hedgesville (22-8) and Jefferson (19-13) were tied 2-2 after six well-played innings of Game 1 of the best-of-3 final when umpires suspended the game due to lightning. Moments later, heavy rain turned the field into an unplayable quagmire.

The Eagles and Cougars will resume play of Game 1 today at Hedgesville starting at 1 p.m. Game 2 is scheduled to be played at Jefferson two hours after the completion of the first game. Game 3 will be played at Martinsburg's P.O. Faulkner Park two hours after the completion of Game 2, if neccesary.

The winner of Section 4 is scheduled to play Section 3 champion Musselman (20-10) in a best-of-3 series starting Tuesday.

Rain delayed the Section 4 game between Hedgesville and Martinsburg twice this week before the Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 12-2 Thursday.

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Jefferson's two runs came on solo home runs by Adam Kessel in the first inning and Kylee Griffith in the fifth, the latter which tied the game. Neither had hit a homer this season - the Cougars hit six as a team coming into Friday.

Hedgesville manufactured runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 2-1 lead.

In the third, Bryce Blair singled, stole second, moved to third on Duncan Williams' flyout and scored on Aaron Whitford's solid single.

In the fourth, the Eagles loaded the bases on two singles and a walk and scored on a bases-loaded walk to Williams.

Both starting pitchers - Hedgesville's Dirk Webb and Jefferson's Josh Simons - went all six innings. Webb allowed three hits, including the two homers, and one walk while fanning seven. Simons allowed six hits and three walks while fanning six.

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