Parkersburg South edges Fort Frye, 5-4

PARKERSBURG – Two quality high school baseball teams went at it Thursday when Parkersburg South hosted Fort Frye in a non-conference showdown.

The Patriots got the best of the Cadets, claiming a 5-4 victory.

Sonny Bidwell-coached Fort Frye played a clean game, collecting six hits and committing just one error. Problem was, South notched eight hits and had zero errors.

The Cadets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but the Patriots responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first.

South made it 3-1 with another run in the bottom of the second, but the Cadets cut it to a one-run game when they sent a runner across the plate in the top of the third.

Fort Frye would retake the lead with a two-spot in top of the sixth, but once again the lead was short-lived as South answered with a pair of runs to take a 5-4 lead.

The Cadets were held scoreless in the top of the seventh to give Parkersburg South the victory.

Braxton Johnson was the only Patriot with multiple hits, going 2-3 with a run scored and a run batted in. Jacob Braniff was 1-3 with a run scored and a team-leading two RBI.

Clayton Walters, Tre Jackson, A.J. Easter, Dylan Weaver and Jacob Wilcox all had a hit apiece for South. Walters, Jackson and Adam McCray each scored a run while Easter and Wilcox each drove in a run.

Fort Frye was paced at the plate by Chandler Lang who was 2-4 and crossed the plate twice. Brad Martin and Casey Hall each drove in a pair of runs for the Cadets, while Spencer Lang and Derek Layton each scored a run. Caden Brooker also chipped in with 1-2 at the plate.

Wesley Mitchem started on the mound for the Patriots and lasted four innings, surrendering two earned runs on four hits. Braniff pitched two innings of relief to earn the mound victory. He gave up two earned runs.

Easter slammed the door with a scoreless seventh to earn the save.

Casey Hall started for the Cadets, giving up all five Parkersburg South runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings pitched. Spencer Land also pitched two-thirds of an inning for Fort Frye.

The Cadets fell to 14-8 on the year with the defeat and will look to get back to their winning ways Tuesday at Waterford. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.