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r A14 Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Washington High's Craig ! | Link throws a pitch earlier ZACH CUMBERLAND this season. The Patriots fell to Martinsburg in the Region 2 final on Friday, 13-10, in Charles Town. ~ ; ' e 't ! I I I 8 I 6y ZACH CUMBERLAND ports@spiritofjefferson.com ' CHARLES TOWN -- Not many high school programs across the state can say they've had two baseball and softball ii.rograms as successful as Washington gh this spring. ;, The Patriots softball team concluded its second-straight trip to the state tour- aament this past week, along with the ',baseball program which fell one game ,shy of its second consecutive trip. i The Washington baseball team took lartinsburg to the third game of a three- game series fore losing the Class AAA, Region 2 title on Friday, 13-10, to ',the Bulldogs. The Patriots were able to ',score three runs to claw back in the bot- tom of the fourth after being down 5-1 ;earlier in the game. ,Then the bats took over for both teams I. an the deciding game. Martinsburg (24- i11) scored three runs in the top of the '.sixth by way of an Ashton Staubs solo ',homer, then a bunt from Kyle Farmer 'scored Noah Slack after a Patriots error. l ! Martinsburg went ahead 8-5 before the Pats scored five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead. The Bulldogs were able to close the deal as they scored five more runs in the sev- enth inning to put the game away and earn their spot in Charleston at the state tournament for the first time since they won it all in 2009. The 2018 season started with high ex- pectations for Washington. The team had a roster packed with senior experience, but the Pats couldn't quite capture the same magic they found a season ago in their run to the state semi-finals. Wash- ington closed out its spring at 17-14 overall. For the Washington girls, a return trip to the state tournament can be considered a success. The Patriots ran into some of the best competition the state has to of- fer in Vienna. Washington lost two leads and bowed out of the state tournament in heartbreaking fashion. On Wednesday, the Patriots went ahead by three runs on John Marshall heading into the last inni @ See PLAYOFFS Page A15 Washington High's Taylor Cenate has been an Integral part of the Pa- triots back-to-back state tournament runs over the past two seasons in Charles Town. i iBy ZACH CUMBERLAND isports@spiritofjefferson.eom ' MARTINSBURG -- The Martinsburg baseball iteam returns to the state tournament this week for first time since 2009 after the Bulldogs ad- atanced over Washington in the regionals on Fri- May. Washington gained the upper hand on Wednes- :day as the Patriots took their only win of the three- ame series by a 9-1 final. Martinsburg rebounded two wins in a row to advance to states. On ! ursday, the Bulldogs beat the Pats 7-6, before linching a trip to Charleston with a 13-10 win on riday to earn the Class AAA, Region 2 champi- nship. The last time Martinsburg went to the state fi- als they returned with the championship. The Bulldogs are 24-11 overall heading to Charles- ton and will be the No. 4 seed in state tournament play. Martinsburg will be up against a tough test in the first game as they face tourn rnent favorite No. 1 Hurricane Thursday at 4:30 P.m. Hurricane is rolling into the stat tournament on a mission after coming up short last season in Charleston. The Redskins enter states at 32-4 overall and have breezed through the postseason scoring plenty of runs in the process. Hurricane has also lost just two times in the state of West Virginia this season -- once to Cabell Midland and the other to Spring Valley. Hurricane has a group of 10 seniors that have helped lead the way this season. The Hurricane pitching staff could be tough for the Bulldogs to crack. The Redskins feature Coast- al Carolina commit Jonathan Blackwell (5-2, 1.50 ERA) who has 74 strikeouts in 42 innings this season. They also have Morehead State commit Noah Short (5-0, 1.08 ERA). Short has compiled x43 gtdkeouts in juot 32 innings this season. Then, at the plate, Marshall commit and shortstop Chan- dler Kelley leads Hurricane with a .423 batting av- erage, 28 RBIs and 31 runs scored. The Bulldogs feature a potent lineup led by Gar- rett Hobson's .467 average at the plate, 35 RBIs and 29 runs scored. Then it's Mikey Jackson (.415, 22 RBIs, 30 runs scored), followed by Ashton Staubs (.402, 29 RBIs, 41 runs scored) and a host of others that make the Bulldogs a threat to win in Charleston. Fans can catch the state tournament games by way of live internet stream. MetroNews will provide a full-HD video broadcast and radio broadcast of every game at the MetroNews Chan- nel of WVMetroNews.com. White. Slaton to WVU Hall MORGANTOWN - Elev- en outstanding contributors to Mountaineer athletics make up the 28th class of honorees in the West Virginia Univer- sity Sports Hall of Fame, an- nounced today by Director of Athletics Shane Lyons. The 2018 class includes Kate Bulger (women's bas- ketball), Jon Capon (men's soccer), Avon Cobourne (football), Mike Gansey (men's basketball), Tom Keane (football), Larry Krut- ko (football), Eleanor Lamb (administration), Steve Sla- ton (football), Bev Fry Plocki (gymnastics), Pat White (football) and Web Wright (rifle). Induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, prior to the West Virginia- Kansas State football game. This class brings the total number of inductees to 188. Steve Slaton -- Slaton was one of the top play-making running backs in the nation from 2005-07, earning con- sensus All-America honors in 2006. The Levittown, Pennsylvania, native rewrote the WVU and Big East re- cord books during his three- year career as a Mountaineer, helping the Mountaineers to bowl wins in the 2005 Sugar Bowl, 2006 Gator Bowl and 2007 Fiesta Bowl. For his WVU career, he ranks first in rushing touch- downs (50), total touch- downs (55) and total points by a non-kicker (330), and ranks second in total 100- yard rushing games (21), all-purpose yards (4,775), all-time receiving yards by a running back (805) and second in Big East history in total touchdowns with 53, Slaton left WVU third all- time in rushing yards with 3,923 for his career. He and Pat White became the third duo in FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecu: tive seasons. Pat White -- White was the nation's most versatile threat at quarterback, becoming the first college quarterback to start and win four con- secutive bowl games from 2005-08. The Daphne, Ala- bama, native set 19 WVU Big East and national records during his illustrious career, including finishing as the all-time rushing quarterback in NCAAhistory with 4,480 yards (now mks second). West Virginia was 35-8 with White as the start- ing quarterback. He led the Mountaineers to bowl wins in the 2006 Sugar, 2007 Ga- tor, 2008 Fiesta and 2008 Meineke Car Care. White set the Big East records in touch- downs responsible for (103) total offense (10529) and became the first player in Big East history to pass for more than 10,000 yards. He posted a 7-2 record against Top 25 opponents during his career. -- wvusports.com 86 SOMERSET BLVD. CHARLES 304-725-1461 TOWN, WV 25414