CLARKSBURG – Washington had Spring Valley on the ropes, leading 7-1 going into the bottom of the fourth. Spring Valley, however, had different plans of how Game 2 would end and came back with two six-run innings of raw slugging – inevitably holding off the Patriots for a 16-8 win.
After putting up two runs in the first two innings, Brayden Stottlemeyer began the two-inning, five run drive for Washington by stealing home on error at home plate. Stottlemeyer’s steal allowed Williams to find second base, and the following dropped third strike put Williams in.
Three quick outs put the Patriots back into the dugout for an ensuing three run inning, starting with Ray’s single to right field and capped by Stottlemeyer scoring on a passed ball.
Knocking off the rust for Spring Valley was Tyrus Bawmgardner – singling on a line drive to left field and putting in two runners. S Holbrook followed with a single of his own, putting in one more runner. The six run tirade ended with a double to center field, putting in Seth Damron to tie the game.
A single in the top of the fifth by Ray put in Smith to take the lead back, but Jacob Chadwick’s ground out would end the inning for Washington. An ensuing six runs would be the dagger, as Spring Valley held off Washington while putting up three more runs in the sixth.
Griff Williams took the loss for Washington, pitching for four innings and giving up three earned runs and two walks. He struck out four.
Bawmgardner picked up the win for Spring Valley through three innings. He struck out five and gave up one earned run and one walk.