WEIRTON - The recipe for success on the diamond contains good defense, good pitching and good hitting.
The Weir baseball team followed the instructions perfectly against East Liverpool enabling the Red Riders to rally past the Potters, 4-2, Wednesday evening at Ed Bowman Field.
"This is a battling bunch," Weir head coach Jason Angle said. "We have faced adversity.
CAUGHT STEALING — Weir High second baseman Jacob Rosnick tags out Briar Meek of East Liverpool, who was attempting to steal in the third inning of Wednesday’s game at Ed Bowman Field. The Red Riders beat the Potters, 4-2.
-- Matthew Peaslee
"When you make the routine plays, you get good batting and the bats balance out that equation, good things are going to happen for you."
The Red Riders (2-6-1) did not make an error in the field, while making a couple of solid plays. The Potters struck out eight times in the game and Weir outhit them, 8-5.
The Red Riders collected four extra-base hits - three doubles and a home run - while East Liverpool tallied all singles.
"We got a little content after the first inning," East Liverpool head coach Ryan Willis said. "We did not go up there swinging the bat.
"We swung at some bad pitches. We let some good pitches go by. Their pitcher had a nice curveball. That kept us off-balance."
East Liverpool (3-8) collected two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning, but were held to just two hits the rest of the way.
Mitch Viakley picked up the win for Weir. Viakley struck out eight while walking two.
"Mitchell is really doing what we expected from him at the beginning of the season," Angle said. "He had a great game last Friday against Clay-Battelle and he carried that momentum over into this game. He's poised on the mound."
Offensively for Weir, Viakley helped his own cause with a single and a run-scoring double, Will Larch contributed a run-scoring double and a solo home run and Michael Curtis recorded a double. Also, Kody Knight collected two base hits, and Chris Russell singled.
Hunter Maze took the loss for the Potters. Maze struck out four while walking two.
East Liverpool's Tyler Recktenwald started the game off with a base hit, and he promptly stole second. Briar Meek plated Recktenwald with a base hit making the score 1-0.
Meek also stole second, and after Jay Lane grounded out, Meek scored on a single by Burson, giving the Potters a 2-0 advantage.
The Red Riders tied the score with two runs in the bottom half of the first.
Viakley singled with one out, and he scored on a double by Larch, cutting Weir's deficit to 2-1. Next, Russell followed with a base hit scoring Viakley to tie the score at 2.
Maze was able to get out of the inning thanks to a 6-3-5 double play.
The game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the fourth. Larch led off the inning, and the left fielder launched a solo home run over the fence in left to give the Red Riders a 3-2 lead.
Weir recorded an insurance run in the fifth.
With two outs, Knight singled, and he scored on a double by Viakley enabling the Red Riders to double up the Potters, 4-2.
"The extra-base hits made a difference," Angle said. "We are getting them more often. They were much more sporadic in the past. The kids are being more patient at the plate. They are being more selective. They are not wasting at-bats or wasting pitches."
The two met Monday at East Liverpool. The Potters won that game, 8-4.
"There was no strategic difference in the games," Willis said. "We played the same game. We just couldn't get any hits. We struck out eight times. You have to put the ball in play, and you have to make them make plays. We couldn't do that today."
"The games were between two evenly matched teams. The fans got to see two good ballgames."
The game was Weir's first at home since losing to Linsly, 14-6, on March 28.
"We have been off of this field for a while," Angle said. "We practiced here Saturday. It is nice to play a home game for sure."
Both teams are scheduled to play again at 5 p.m. today.
East Liverpool is slated to play county rival East Palestine at home, while Weir will cross the river to take on Steubenville Catholic Central.
Weir 4, East Liverpool 2
East Liverpool 200 000 0 - 2 5 0
Weir 200 110 X - 4 8 0
EAST LIVERPOOL (3-8): Maze (LP, 4K, 2BB) and Meek; Recktenwald S; Meek 2S, RBI; Burson S, RBI; Maze S.
WEIR (2-6-1): Viakley (WP, 8K, 2BB) and Curtis; Knight 2S; Viakley S, D, RBI; Larch D, HR, 2RBI; Russell S, RBI; Curtis D.