Wheeling Park Patriots vs. University Hawks

Thursday, April 14, 2021 - 5:00pm - Shilling Field - Morgantown, WV

Errors Prove Costly for Hawks in Loss

MORGANTOWN – A rough second inning and seven errors doomed the University High School baseball team on Wednesday.

The Hawks (0-1) lost to visiting Wheeling Park 15-7 in a game where the two teams combined for 22 hits.

Wheeling Park erupted for five runs in the second inning, three runs in the third and three more in the fourth before tacking on four more in the seventh to seal the victory.

The Hawks didn’t muster a run until the bottom of the fourth inning when senior Casey Smith hit a home run over the center field fence and then Wenkai Campbell and Avante Neal both drew bases-loaded walks to cut the deficit to 11-3.

University got within 11-5 with two more runs in the fifth inning when Smith scored on a sacrifice fly by Drew Herter and Aaron Forbes was able to execute a steal of home on a nifty play that also involved Evan Smith.

However, that was as close as UHS was able to come as Wheeling pushed its lead to 15-5 before UHS tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Casey Smith (0-1) took the loss on the mound for the Hawks while Zach Harman, Gabe Jansen and Connor McDonough also pitched.

The UHS offense was paced by Smith who went 3-for-3 with the homer, an RBI and two singles. Herter went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, Neal went 1-for-3 with an RBI while Forbes and Noah Braham each had a single.

University returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Frankfort for a 5 p.m. contest.

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Young Hawks Drop Opener

MORGANTOWN – A six-run second inning was too much for the University High School JV baseball team to overcome.

The Hawks (0-1) made a game of it by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second, but eventually lost, 9-4, to visiting Wheeling Park.

Jackson Oleska paced the young Hawks on offense as he went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Josh Smolkin added a double while brother Jordan Smolkin went 1-for-4 with one RBI. Jake Croston and Chase George each had hits for the young Hawks.

Cody Thomas (0-1) took the loss on the mound after throwing four innings of work. Thomas didn’t get much help from his defense which committed five errors in the contest. George and Braden Funk pitched two and one innings respectively.

The JV team returns to action on Friday when it travels to Parkersburg South for a 7 p.m. contest.