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Prep Baseball: Hedgesville rallies to win its first W.Va. AAA title

June 01, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hedgesville waited forever to get to get what usually is known as the toughest thing in baseball — the last three outs of a game.

But when the Eagles finally got the last one, they celebrated their first-ever West Virginia Class AAA state championship on Saturday after a 4-2 victory over Cabell Midland at Appalachian Power Park.

The Eagles (29-7), making their first appearance in the states since 1979, had never been in the championship game.

They didn’t make it any easier as it took some extra work in the top of the seventh inning for an interesting finish.

Cabell Midland (22-11), seeking its second state title, had a leadoff runner but Hedgesville’s defense turned a double play.

Then, Taylor Kuhn lifted a fly ball to center but Hedgesville’s Troy Markley dropped the ball, putting a halt to any celebration. Seth Kinker added his fourth hit of the game to give the Knights runners at first and second, but Derek Snider induced Jeff Jobe to hit into a force at second to set off a Hedgesville celebration.

“We have a bunch of players that worked hard for this,” coach Dirk Webb said in a Metro News Radio interview after the game, himself a product of Hedgesville baseball.

Offensively, it took a big inning for Hedgesville and Snider made it stand up.

Daniel Heleine led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and Markley and Cody Butts each walked to load the bases.

Tyler Anders delivered a two-run single to tie the game at 2-2, with Butts going to third.

Hedgesville took a 3-2 lead when Butts scored on a grounder by Cameron Jordan. Anders eventually came around to score when Adam Ruppenthal stroked a single.

Cabell Midland took a 2-0 lead to open the game on a single by Kuhn and run-scoring double by Kinker, who scored the second run on a double by Eric Wooten.

After the first, Snider allowed only four hits the rest of the game, while walking only two and striking out six.

— Tim Koelble

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