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Hedgesville hurler Mumaw muzzles Goretti

April 06, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - If Josh Mumaw works any harder on his endurance, the results could be a little frightening for the opposition.

The Hedgesville senior struck out 12 and twirled a nifty complete-game, three-hit shutout as the Eagles whipped overmatched St. Maria Goretti 7-0 on Tuesday night.

"I've been working hard on getting my legs a little stronger," said Mumaw (3-1). "I've been getting tired recently. But I felt like I got stronger as I went on tonight. I felt like I had better velocity, and I was able to find the strike zone."

Half of Mumaw's strikeouts came in the final three innings, including three in the seventh.

"He threw a heck of a game," said Goretti coach Mike Brashears. "That's the best game we've had thrown against us this year.

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"We swung the bats; he was just in total command. He knew what he wanted to throw in every situation, and he threw strikes."

Offensively, Logan Clark provided more than enough support with three hits in three tries, including a grand slam in the fifth, and five RBI.

The Gaels (2-4) didn't help themselves or starting pitcher Sean Engle (0-2), committing six errors. Of the six baserunners who reached on miscues, all but one eventually scored.

"The way (Mumaw) was throwing, we had to be perfect," said Brashears. "We gave them a few extra outs. We have to count to three pretty quickly. We can't afford to give any extra outs."

The Eagles (7-3) scored one run in the second on Clark's RBI single, and made it 3-0 in the third when Jesse Simmons reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch and moved the third on a Cody Seibert single. A double steal scored Simmons, and Seibert took third on a throwing error. Aaron Whitfield then plated Seibert with a groundout to short.

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