2017-05-24 / Sports

Tribe rallies to claim Section 1 Championship

by Jamie Harris


Berkeley Springs High School Baseball Team Class AA Section 1 Champions, left to right, front row kneeling - Colby Farris, Braden Mellott, Ben Taylor, Cole Morris, Andrew Butts, Michael Hovermale, Anthony Clark and Les Morris, head baseball coach. Standing - Gary Spielman, assistant coach; Jimmy Farris, assistant coach; Matt Butts, assistant coach; Cameron King, Justin Stone, Joe Didawick, assistant coach; Brandon Keenan, Sam Ambrose, Hunter Andrick, Ayden Lackey, Tobin Whittington, Landon Harrington, Carson Orndorff, David Grapes, Payton Mann, Luke Spielman, Tyler Fischer and Shawn Martin, Assistant Coach. Berkeley Springs High School Baseball Team Class AA Section 1 Champions, left to right, front row kneeling - Colby Farris, Braden Mellott, Ben Taylor, Cole Morris, Andrew Butts, Michael Hovermale, Anthony Clark and Les Morris, head baseball coach. Standing - Gary Spielman, assistant coach; Jimmy Farris, assistant coach; Matt Butts, assistant coach; Cameron King, Justin Stone, Joe Didawick, assistant coach; Brandon Keenan, Sam Ambrose, Hunter Andrick, Ayden Lackey, Tobin Whittington, Landon Harrington, Carson Orndorff, David Grapes, Payton Mann, Luke Spielman, Tyler Fischer and Shawn Martin, Assistant Coach. The Berkeley Springs High School Baseball Team defeated Keyser, 13-8 to advance to the Class AA Region 1 Championships.

The red hot Keyser Golden Tornado Baseball Team came to Morgan Field last Wednesday, May 17 with their sights set on defeating the hometown Indians in game one Class AA Section 1 Championships. Not only would Keyser need to win Wednesday evening, they would have to then return to Berkeley Springs and win the elimination game as well.


Brandon Keenan picked up the win for the Indians and improved his record to 5-3 on the season. Brandon Keenan picked up the win for the Indians and improved his record to 5-3 on the season. For Berkeley Springs the scenario was simple win Wednesday’s game and the Tribe would claim the sectional championship.

For the first three innings it looked like Keyser was well on its way of winning game one. The Golden Tornado jumped out to a 3-0 lead and chased starter Cameron King out of the game. The Indians turned to senior pitcher Brandon Keenan to try and calm the Keyser bats.

The Indians got back in the game with two runs in the bottom of the second inning, however Keyser responded with three more in the top of the third to go back up 6-2.

In the bottom of the third the Tribe took advantage of the fatigue that was setting in on the Keyser pitcher and erupted for six runs to go up 8-6.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Berkeley Springs would add three more runs in the bottom of the fifth and then point the exclamation point on the win with two more in the bottom of the sixth inning to go up 13-6.

In the seventh inning a Golden Tornado batter sent a shot to right field that freshman outfielder Luke Spielman would track down and with an amazing catch sending Spielman tumbling over the outfield fence to record the out.

Keyser would score two runs in the top of the seventh when a grounder back to Keenan resulted in an overthrow to first. However, the senior would settle down and record the final out and give the Tribe the sectional championship.

The Indians (15-14) were led offensively by Justin Stone (3-4, 3 singles and run), Ayden Lackey (2-3, 2 runs and RBI), Cole Morris (2-3, run and 3 RBIs). The Tribe also got offensive support from Andrew Butts (1-4, 3 RBIs), Michael Hovermale (1-4, double and RBI) and Tobin Whittington (3 walks and 2 runs).

Defensively Keenan the lone senior on the Indians baseball team picked up the win and improved his record to 5-3 on the season in relief appearance. Keenan went 6.1 innings allowing five runs (2 earned) and struck out four. The Indians defense turned in some nice defensive plays as well including the catch from Spielman.

Berkeley Springs now advances to the Class AA Region I Championships with a best two out of three series with Weir High School. On Tuesday, May 23 the Indians traveled to Weir for game one. On Wednesday, today, May 24 Weir will come to Berkeley Springs for game two. Then on Thursday, May 25 the Indians will go back to Weir for game three if necessary. The winner of the series will advance to the Class AA State Baseball Championship tournament the following week.

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