STEUBENVILLE - Wheeling Park broke open a 1-1 game with a six-run fourth inning on its way to claiming the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 5A baseball crown 10-2 over Edison Saturday at Vaccaro Field.
The loss ended the Wildcats' run of three consecutive OVAC titles.
"I don't really think there's ever one play that wins a game," said Edison head coach Mike Collopy. "They hit the ball hard and put it in play all day. We had some miscues defensively and offensively we didn't do enough. When you play a good team that's pretty much how it's going to go down.
MEETING — The Edison baseball team gathers around head coach Mike Collopy between innings Saturday at Vaccaro Field. The Wildcats were denied their fourth straight OVAC?title as Wheeling Park earned a 10-2 victory.
"When you give them more opportunities than they deserve they're going to take advantage of it."
With the game tied at one, the Patriots used a little two-out lightning in the top of the fourth to get things rolling.
With Zane Hummel on second, Eric Crow's fly ball to center dropped in front of the center fielder for a single to keep the inning going. Michael Grove and Chalmer Moffett followed with an RBI single each to make the score 3-1 Park.
Wheeling Park 10, Edison 2
Wheeling Park 001 603 0 - 10 18 2
Edison 001 000 1 - 2 6 3
PARK: Brooks (WP, 6K, 2BB), Grove (5th, 2K, 1BB), Baciak (7th, 1K, 2BB) and Cooley. Baciak D, 2S, Crow S, RBI, 2R; Grove S, RBI, R; Moffett, 3S, D, RBI, 2R; Jackson 3S, T, 2RBI, R; Calvert HR, 2RBI, 2R; Hardman S, R; Hummel 2S, 2RBI, R; Cooley S.
EDISON: Marcus (LP, 5K, 2BB), Horan (4th, 0K, 1BB), Evans (7th, 1K, 0BB) and Skeeles. Jones D, R; Pasek S; Marcus RBI, R; Woodward 2S; Scott S, RBI; Evans S.
Justice Jackson then crushed a two-RBI triple and Grove Calvert put one over the left field fence for a two-run homer and a 7-1 Patriots advantage.
Park picked up three insurance runs in the sixth to put the total to 10 runs on a day they connected for 18 hits.
The Wildcats received a run each in the third and seventh innings. Nolan Marcus drove home Dylan Jones, who doubled, in the third and Marcus scored in the seventh on a Collin Scott sacrifice fly. Clay Woodward led the Edison bats with a pair of singles. The Wildcats had issues hitting with runners on base as they left a total of 12 men on base.
"We just didn't get it done today," said Collopy. "They played a great game, and we'll get back at it Monday."